Every Nov. 11, the United States honors those who served in the military with a day to commemorate their service: Veterans Day.
At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, we salute the veterans who bring their valuable experience and knowledge to our university as faculty, staff and students. This week, we will recognize some of those individuals. We thank all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
Stephen Moreland, a third-year medical student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, was a staff sergeant in the Marines, where he served as an 0321 Reconnaissance Marine.
Moreland felt compelled to join the Marines due to patriotism and a desire to serve the United States in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He served eight years in the Marines.
“There were great memories and tragic ones – all big,” Moreland said, reminiscing about his time serving the country. “The moment I saw my dad following my last deployment was pretty special. I also remember the minutes following my first experience in combat. It was surreal.”
For Moreland, his experiences in the military brought a hard-earned perspective into his life and fostered a resilience that helped him to learn from failure and always move forward.
“We represent something bigger than ourselves,” Moreland said of his fellow veterans. “We should be conscious of this in all our pursuits. For those who actually went into the meat grinder, live for the ones who didn’t come out. Be great.”