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TAFDA: Sgt. Kyle J. White

TAFDA: Sgt. Kyle J. White


I’m here with Sgt. White — Sgt. White, thank you so much for being with us today Ever since receiving the Medal of Honor, you’ve had a voice and you’ve been in the spotlight and been able to send a message to Soldiers all across the world in the U.S. Army What message would you like to send to them today? I’m Sgt. Kyle J. White, Medal of Honor recipient from Seattle, Washington One of the messages I have to servicemembers that are considering separating from the military is that you have to have a plan I made sure to research the college, I made sure I had my budget planned out made sure I had back-up plans too in case that didn’t work out What I want people to know is just to make sure to think ahead and plan it out and have a course of action also, once you start your education, it’s important that you finish it and with getting a degree, it’s important to make sure to get a degree that’s applicable for what you want to do with your career and one that has a positive outlook in the future. From what I found, you go from active duty where your daily, monthly, mission — you know what’s going on or you get told then you go into college and then you have nobody telling you how that’s going to be, it’s up to you What I did was make college my mission get that degree, that’s my mission and then these are the benchmarks I need to achieve in order to get that in order to complete the mission That’s what helped me along– this is my job now– and that’s how I treated college and I think that really helped me I stay in contact- as anybody who’s been in the military know there’s people you get along with and there’s people you don’t but those people that I’ve stayed close with over the years– I’ve stayed in contact with them It really is a support system that just never ends You have that brotherhood and that bond and any time something bad is going on or you just want to talk to your friends, you can reach out and there always there I liked going around because we went to some of the patients that are in the spinal cord injuries center and they also had a new center for those that are visually impaired help them learn new skills and meeting all those guys was an excellent experience My one grandfather served and so did my father, but the thing with my father’s service is that he never talks about it, even till this day He had a slight influence on me more when I was deciding on which branch to go in I was originally going to join the Marine Corps, but my father had some pretty “choice” words on that As far as what branch I went in, he had a deciding factor, but I always knew that I wanted to be in the infantry and I wanted to jump out of airplanes What I would like to do is go around to bases and speak to those servicemembers that are thinking about transitioning out of the military and get their wheels turning in their heads about education and their future and what they want to do I just feel that’s one of the most important parts also after yesterday’s tour at the Longbeach VA, go see some more of those facilities and meet a lot of those great servicemembers that have given a lot to our country as far as what’s ahead, I have no clue so I’m just going to take it day by day What I want to get to the larger audience is sacrifice happens everyday in the military It’s not just borne by those that are deployed in defense of our country but also the family members that are back at home


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