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Be All That You Can Be

By Jonathan Marrero, Digital Director on

For retired Command Sergeant Major Andrea R. Marks, the army’s “Be all you can be” slogan still rings true today. Born in Jamaica, enlisting in the army changed her life, and it continues to afford her opportunities that she never could have imagined. Now Andrea volunteers for the Obama campaign in Fredericksburg, Virginia to support the person who continues to help her be all she can be: President Obama.

Helping others with healthy lifestyles has always been Andrea’s passion. Thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill that President Obama signed into law, Andrea is now studying nutrition and fitness full-time at Northern Virginia Community College. She hopes she will be able to use this knowledge to give back and "teach young people how to carry healthy habits throughout their lives."

"Having proudly served our country, I am happy to have a commander in chief that will stand by us, during and after our service," Andrea said. She cites programs like the Returning Heroes Tax Credit to help unemployed servicemembers find jobs, increasing the efficiency of VA claims processes, and the extension of education benefits to families of servicemen and women through the Post-9/11 GI Bill as how President Obama "stands up for us."

Andrea has another reason to be proud to support President Obama: "In 2008, candidate Obama made a promise to bring home our troops from Iraq responsibly, and he followed through with that promise," Andrea said. "He’s a man of his word."

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