Soldier or Civilian, I’m Living a Life of Service

Ed. Note: This summer, we launched the Powell Center in Washington program. Ten CCNY students are sharing housing in Washington, D.C., as they intern at organizations like the Center for American Progress, Powell Tate, the Washington Center, and in government offices such as the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Legislative Affairs. We’ve asked them to give us updates on their experiences and consider their own personal stake in the work. We will be posting their responses throughout the coming weeks. Our first post comes from Samuel Innocent, who is interning at the National Disability Rights Network. ]

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by Samuel Innocent, president of the City College Veterans Association and a Colin Powell Fellow (as told to and edited by Amanda Krupman)

[Ed. Note: This summer, we launched the Powell Semester in Washington program. Ten CCNY students are sharing housing in Washington, D.C., as they intern at organizations including the Center for American Progress, Powell Tate, and the Washington Center, and in government offices such as the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Legislative Affairs. We’ve asked them to give us updates on their experiences and consider their personal stake in the work. We will be posting their responses throughout the coming weeks. Our first post comes from Samuel Innocent, who is interning at the National Disability Rights Network. ]

Interning with the National Disability Rights Network [NDRN] this summer is an opportunity to expand my involvement with veteran rights, as the organization seeks to expand its veteran outreach program. As a veteran myself, helping disabled vets come back from war and the service is a near and dear topic: These are alpha males and females, once in the best shape of their lives, who now have to adapt their lives to their disabilities.

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