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Sergeant Michael Volkin is a U.S. Army veteran. He served in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom as a Chemical Operations Specialist and received an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts and for the fitness programs he designed to help his fellow soldiers.

He has a Bachelorís and Masterís degree in Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and also a Real Estate Brokers Degree.

Note from the author:

I knew absolutely nothing about the military when I entered basic training. I had no immediate military family history and no prior desire to ever join the military. It was on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001 that I realized what I was taking for granted all these years.

Freedom, as wonderful as it is, is an uphill struggle, and comes with an enormous responsibility. It wasnít so much a decision, but a calling, that I joined the military - the Army Reserves.