Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Jared Taylor. Jared served during the Iraq War.
Jared was born in November 1978 in New Mexico. He attended the Miami University of Ohio. When Jared became unsure of his future, he decided to join the Marine Corps to give back to his country.
Jared served with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. His deployment locations included Honduras, Kuwait, and Iraq.
In his Veteran’s History Project interview, Jared reminisces on his deployment in Fallujah, Iraq. In Fallujah, he interacted with Iraqi civilians on a daily basis in an effort to build a relationship with the city. Although Jared explains that some people reacted negatively towards the American troops, he claims to have had good relationships with most of the people. Spending most of his time with the people of Iraq showed him the challenges they faced and allowed him to grow empathetic towards them.
Jared describes his service as something that gave him a strong sense of purpose. He is still friends with the people he attended boot camp with and looks at the Marines he served with as more than family. Jared says that the people he was with while deployed are his brothers. He credits his service as the most rewarding job of his life and misses it very much.
Thank you for your service, Jared!
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Graphic By Gavin Fukawa: Gavin Fukawa is a Political Science and International Affairs Major with a Japanese and Environmental Science Minor at Wake Forest University.