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"From the Ted Talk by Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about war"

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So the Army then went through this process and they trained me up, and when I say I didn't join the Army because I waentd to go to war, the truth is, I joneid in 1996. There really wasn't a whole lot going on. I didn't ever feel like I was in danger. When I went to my mom, I first joined the Army when I was 17 years old, so I literally needed parental pmsoirsien to join the Army, so I kind of gave the prwaoprek to my mom, and she just assumed it was kind of like military school. She was like, "Well, it was good for him before, so I guess I'll just let him keep doing it," having no idea that the paperwork that she was sinnigg was actually signing her son up to become an Army officer. And I went through the process, and again the whole time still just thinking, this is gerat, maybe I'll serve on a wekeend, or two weeks during the year, do drill, and then a couple years after I seingd up, a couple years after my mother signed those papers, the whole world changed. And after 9/11, there was an entirely new context about the ouccpotain that I chose. When I first joined, I never joined to fight, but now that I was in, this is exactly what was now going to happen.

Open Cloze

So the Army then went through this process and they trained me up, and when I say I didn't join the Army because I ______ to go to war, the truth is, I ______ in 1996. There really wasn't a whole lot going on. I didn't ever feel like I was in danger. When I went to my mom, I first joined the Army when I was 17 years old, so I literally needed parental __________ to join the Army, so I kind of gave the _________ to my mom, and she just assumed it was kind of like military school. She was like, "Well, it was good for him before, so I guess I'll just let him keep doing it," having no idea that the paperwork that she was _______ was actually signing her son up to become an Army officer. And I went through the process, and again the whole time still just thinking, this is _____, maybe I'll serve on a _______, or two weeks during the year, do drill, and then a couple years after I ______ up, a couple years after my mother signed those papers, the whole world changed. And after 9/11, there was an entirely new context about the __________ that I chose. When I first joined, I never joined to fight, but now that I was in, this is exactly what was now going to happen.

Solution

  1. occupation
  2. weekend
  3. signed
  4. great
  5. paperwork
  6. permission
  7. signing
  8. wanted
  9. joined

Original Text

So the Army then went through this process and they trained me up, and when I say I didn't join the Army because I wanted to go to war, the truth is, I joined in 1996. There really wasn't a whole lot going on. I didn't ever feel like I was in danger. When I went to my mom, I first joined the Army when I was 17 years old, so I literally needed parental permission to join the Army, so I kind of gave the paperwork to my mom, and she just assumed it was kind of like military school. She was like, "Well, it was good for him before, so I guess I'll just let him keep doing it," having no idea that the paperwork that she was signing was actually signing her son up to become an Army officer. And I went through the process, and again the whole time still just thinking, this is great, maybe I'll serve on a weekend, or two weeks during the year, do drill, and then a couple years after I signed up, a couple years after my mother signed those papers, the whole world changed. And after 9/11, there was an entirely new context about the occupation that I chose. When I first joined, I never joined to fight, but now that I was in, this is exactly what was now going to happen.

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Important Words

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