By Andrew J. Brennan  09 SEP 2016

(Special to Military Times)

For the first time, outside of my close circle of friends, I told this couple that I had just met my intent: I would start a nonprofit whose mission would be to ensure that a national memorial be built on the National Mall for my era’s warriors. I told them what motivated me, sharing some of my own experiences as a deployed service member and talking about why they were significant. The conversation politely ended and the couple left the ice cream shop. The attention I was paying to my phone was broken a few minutes later. The woman was back. She handed me $20 and said, “Here. Consider this your first donation.”

 

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