Veterans, Volunteering

Beyond the Battlefield: Joe O. and the Unyielding Commitment of Veterans

Joe O. enlisted in the Marine Corps at the young age of 17 and found himself in boot camp when the tragic events of September 11th unfolded. Today, he dedicates his time to supporting fellow veterans as a Veterans Representative at a New York college. In his leisure time, he generously volunteers for Task Force Antal.  

Joe’s commitment to his beliefs has led him to support Ukraine in any way he can. In his own words, “Helping Ukraine is a choice, and it is all my choice. That makes a difference to me and my need to serve and help other people.” Joe invested the entirety of his vacation hours in aiding TFA in Ukraine, where he actively enhanced security measures and provided crucial first-aid training for Ukrainian civilians. When asked why he gave up his vacation to help others, Joe’s response was: “Helping for me is like breathing.” 

Living up to the Marine he aspires to be, he quipped, “my primary duty is the disbursement of GI bill funds and educational benefits for veterans. That is what I do on a day-to-day basis. Which always amuses me when I think, again, I support and help Task Force Antal in my free time. That is what I do for fun.” We thank Joe for his continued service and the positive energy he brings to the TFA team. 

TFA’s veterans and veteran family members ensure that their commitment to service endures beyond their military duty. Our veterans continue their service to become guardians of peace, defenders of justice, and promoters of freedom. Their expertise is harnessed to protect the oppressed, challenge injustice, and uphold human rights. 

In this fusion of support and protection, veterans exemplify a lifelong mission. Their service transcends borders, illustrating that the call to support and protect those in need is an enduring commitment. These veterans are living proof that duty and honor, born on the battlefield, continue to serve humanity long after the guns fall silent.