Through his experiences as a Marine in the early 2000s, Matos offers a compelling look at the roles Marines play in today's war on terror.
Although he enters the military with visions of glory and honor, Matos realizes the Marine Corps isn't always what he expected. Not everyone embraces the integrity Marines are known for, and at times, ''the mission'' takes a backseat. Yet it is his mission as an Embassy Guard where Matos encounters his greatest conflict.
On December 6, 2004, the U.S. Consulate Matos is protecting is attacked. It is up to Matos to orchestrate the defense of his fellow Americans. The events leave a mark on him, and in the aftermath he must find a way to move forward.
Matos's story illustrates the complexities of life in the military. The emotional struggles that Matos reveals are common to many, and his final reconciliation is empowering.
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