"I think the hardest thing is always to have some respect and appreciation for where people are coming from. Even when you see there need to be changes and even when you have some ideas about types of changes, if you don’t have any respect where they’re starting from, you can’t help them move forward."
"The bonds forged by the shared hardship of military life are deep and I will remain in touch with a few of those guys for my whole life."
"I was helping a youth to keep her child and then she turned around and got a job too, in a nursing home. So not only did I help a youth that, that was single a pregnant, and didn’t have a family, but also she turned around and helped seniors too."
"It’s just very important, don’t judge a book by its cover. What I’ve learned is that you can’t assume anybody’s story is what you think it is. My story is not what you think it is, you know?"
"Unresolved childhood trauma and feelings of grief and loss that are stuffed down instead of addressed will later on erupt in unhealthy ways; anger, violence etc. We can eliminate actions that disrupt peace by helping the children heal from their emotional wounds."
"People in the military are not pro-war. That is a misconception I get a lot at this school. People in the military are very anti-war because they have a wife and kids and don’t want to die but they follow orders. It is the orders that have to change."
"If we disagree that’s fine, but I think it’s important that we are talking about the things that are going on in this country, seeing where other people stand, and sharing our ideas the way we perceive it to create some sort of solidarity. That’s the only way peace is going to be built. Is communicating with one another and coming to some sort of understanding of other people’s view points and learning from one another."
"For the most part the law gives women a lot of freedom and rights. The barriers are social, their neighbors, communities the people they know. The majority of women in Morocco are illiterate. How can you demand your rights if you don't know what they are?"
"Difference is extremely important because without it we would all be the same and we not learn and grow from others, so we would remain stagnant. We get very comfortable in our safe ruts, but difference is needed to promote conflict which, in turn, pushes us to make changes we wouldn't make otherwise when we are comfortable and safe."
"[War is] not what you see in the movies or on TV. I mean you don't have the fame or glamor with you, you just have your buddies and the dirt."
Look for Oral Histories of Veterans and Peacebuilders posted to this page in mid-May. These Oral Histories were compiled by students at Guilford College in classes on Ethics, Social Change and Peacebuilding.