Student veteran Jay Hernandez wrote an op-ed in the Oregon newspaper.

“I became a U.S Marine because I wanted more out of my life. I was born into poverty and into a disability-stricken family: my father was illiterate, my mother, legally blind.

I loved my parents, of course, but growing up I really had no one to guide or mentor me through my education. I had no clue how to apply to college and knew it wasn’t an option for me anyway.

What I did know was that I would have to work harder than most to carve out a fruitful life for myself. Enlisting in the military was a great first step.

My second step, not so much….”

Read the full op-ed here: