• "I know he has my back, and I certainly have his"

    Sam, a veteran from New Hampshire

    "I’m sure many people look at me and don't think that I am old enough to be a veteran. But at 22, that’s exactly what I am. I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. I am proud to have served my country, and I know it has made my family proud, too. I’m a fourth generation Army man, so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. I’ve always been passionate about my beliefs, and I felt that the Army was a place that would allow me stand up for them.

    "After my tour in Afghanistan, I realized there was another future for me outside of the military, a future secured because of the President’s post-9/11 G.I. Bill. I returned home in late 2011, and by February 2012, I had enrolled at the University of New Hampshire in their business program. If it weren’t for the G.I. Bill, I’m really not sure where I’d be right now.

    "Many of my friends who are coming home are making something of themselves because of the support of the G.I. Bill. The President has ensured we have a smooth transition from our army life to our civilian life. That’s so important for someone who is coming back from combat. I’m proud to have served my country and I’m proud to have a President who supports his troops.

    "My career in the Army may be over, but I have a new future now, and it's a future that is already starting to take shape. Last week I committed to vote for the President. I did it because he supports me and my fellow service men and women who have fought every day for our country. I did it because I want to thank him for what he has done for vets like me. I know he has my back, and I certainly have his."

    Samuel, New Hampshire
    2012 Stories Voting