“Welcomed Burdens” by Robert Young

The blistering dry heat of the Arabian afternoon hit me, as I opened the maintenance shop door. I trudged across the sunbaked pavement to the KC10 Airforce refueling jets lined up on the far end of the runway.  “Airmen Young!” a loud, no-nonsense New Jersey voice bellowed, cutting through the hot desert silence. It was … Read more

“Eraser” by Gio Caballero

In October of 2012, I was an international college student facing deportation for failing two classes. Twenty two years old, living in my parents’ loft, aimless in academics, and frustrated in competitive Brazilian-Jiu jitsu. When the U.S. Army advertised through the LA Times that they had the need for Filipinos who spoke the Tagalog language, … Read more