Brock McIntosh is an Army National Guard veteran who enlisted in May, 2006 while in high school. His views are his own and do not represent those of the Army National Guard or any other branch of the United States military. He was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his basic training/AIT cycle and continued his development as a soldier with an Afghanistan deployment from November, 2008 to August, 2009. Following his redeployment home, Brock reflected deeply on his experiences and research and decided to act upon the Army value that meant the most to him: integrity. He joined as a spokesperson for Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan, became active in Iraq Veterans Against the War and Operation Recovery, and is an applicant for conscientious objection. Brock also previously interned at Win Without War, where he worked primarily on the Veterans’ Trust Fund. His development as a warrior led him to determine that that the highest evolution of a soldier is to master and live the art of nonviolence. He subsequently received training through the Highlander Folk School, SmartMeme, the Ruckus Society, the Midwest Academy, the Fletcher Summer Institute, Training for Change, and the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, where he is a certified Kingian Nonviolence trainer. He has studied under Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Rev. James Lawson, and Ivan Marovic.
Last summer, Jacob George and I, two Afghanistan veterans, returned to the war-torn country as unarmed civilians to visit the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul. The two members we spent most of our time with were Abdulai and Ali, who were 15 years old at the time. Now, Abdulai and Ali want to visit the United States to continue the reconciliation...
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