Directly After My Father
My name is Jose Manuel Serrano, I was named directly after my father. Growing up, I always preferred to be alone, but I always achieved more than my siblings. My father always saw my potential and was never short on praise. Now, I’m 18 and the best reward I can get is my father telling me how proud he is of me. I joined the Army in 2013 and I just finished Basic Combat Training in 2014 and my father reminds me, everyday that he wishes he could go back in time and change the way he handled his life. He says he was blessed with his job but if he did what I was doing, he'd be happier. Hearing that from my father changed the way I look at my life.