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I am a Marine Corps veteran pursuing my career in education. I am currently a student at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). I am all about positive motivation and helping others achieve their max physical and mental/intellectual potential. I love to think "outside-the-box" and believe in looking at things from different perspectives. I enjoy the many arts of life: music, film, literature, aesthetics in the art of the anatomy and physique (i.e. bodybuilding), etc.

I am always open to learning from experience, whether it be my own or others... Good or bad... We will learn regardless...

Andres Reyes

Innocence.

Innocence.

Surrounded by war and violence, this Iraqi child wanted to do nothing more but play games with me while I was conducting a patrol in Haqlaniyah, Iraq circa 2006.  In 2006, I was stationed in Kanoehe Bay, HI with Kilo Co. 1st Platoon, 3rd Bn 3rd Mar Div (3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Division).  I was a Lance Corporal infantry fireteam leader during the time this picture was taken during my 2nd deploment overseas (my first being in the Khost Province of Afghanistan).  Our Bn lost 11 Marines killed (3 KIA from Kilo Co. with one being from my actual squad of 1st Platoon 3rd squad) and 85 wounded...  

This was a picture taken during my deployment in 2006...

This child in this picture had no clue who I was... What I came from... What my background was... What my mission was in his homeland... What I was doing in his homeland...  What my ethnic background was... What my religious beliefs were...  Who I was...  what I did in his country...  What I would eventually do in his country...  What the world is about...


This moment was a contributing factor towards me wanting to pursue a career in education.  

Children only know what we teach them as adults.  

We can change society by properly educating our youth!  

Guide our outh and you will be guiding society!!!

 

Be a human shield for youth...