The short film, Marlboro Marine was truly inspiring to see a new outlook on what a U.S. soldier went through in the battle to fight for the country he's most proudest of. Seeing the photos through the short film really made me feel a sense of compassion for Blake because of what he's experienced in war. It was upsetting to see how a man who killed for this country and stood up for everything the United States of America stood for, was denied his request to speak to the United states Congressman. I loved how the Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Cinco saw right through Blake as a lost soul and decided to take him to a treatment center in Connecticut. The way Blake described his suicidal behavior was nerve wrecking for me because he had a story to tell just like Ishmael Beah. He could have supported other war veterans or educated the public about soldiers coming home from battle.
A good idea to help war veterans when they come home is by having war veterans connect with
American families in a way of having the veteran visit a family once a week and share a meal with them. This would allow a sense of closeness and protection by the family to the war veteran by letting the war veteran know that a whole family is there for you and will support you through whatever the veteran is going through in the moment.
What struck me the most about the hobo lifestyle in the book, Holding On was that they are a higher class next to a bum. A hobo is someone who wants to work in exchange for food, shelter, etc. I was intrigued when the question, "How do you know a hobo?" Was asked on page 19 of Holding On, I was eager to find out for myself about what really does make a hobo a hobo? I read on to find out that you can tell if someone is a hobo by the way they're dressed, and by their conversation which typically isn't shady. So I concluded that a hobo is more respectable than a bum. What also struck me about the hobo lifestyle was how polite they seem to be in the way of looking out for one another in the terms of finding work. they had signs that where code for other hobos about the best and worst places to find work. They would write markers on telephone posts or leave sings to show that a certain place was a good place to work. On page 21 of Holding On, it describes a good turn-in sign would be a tic-tac-toe board and a bad place to work would have two jagged lines for sets of teeth.
If I was out of work and had no car and had to get to another place for work or opportunity, I would hitch hike or ride public transportation of some sort. I would go to a city and live in the city because of transportation and because of many opportunities in cities. The place i would go would have to be Miami, Florida. It's warm all year round and it's a big city that's well-known meaning there's many prospering opportunities there to be involved in.