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Veteran’s voice: U.S. Army E-4 Specialist Jose Belen

Jose Belen joined the military unbeknownst to his family and he told his “naïve” self that if he can do this, he can do anything. He thought it would be “easy.” Belen shares his path from basic training to being stationed in Germany, to preparing for his tour in Baghdad.

Belen tells his story of being downrange in 2003 and his transition back to civilian life in upstate New York, along with the challenges of depression and employment after his years of service.

Veteran’s Voice allows our community’s heroes to be candid about the daily challenges while serving the United States of America and after their service. If you are a veteran and would like to tell your story, contact us today.