"I served in the Army for 16 years. Serving this country was the greatest experience in the world. It was my duty to fight and protect the freedom that we sometimes take for granted. If you ever get the opportunity to go to see other countries and see how they live, you’d be surprised. I’m proud to be an American. With everything that's going on in the United States, I tell the students that you guys are our future leaders. We need y'all to fix the problems that are affecting this country. I remember when people used to say that we’d never have a black president. But then it happened. When Obama was [first] inaugurated, people came from all over the United States and abroad came to witness this landmark.. to witness history. I mean we had people sleeping in the parks - it was crazy! I just wish that my mother was alive to see it."