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Service Together

Uniting veterans and civilians in mutual pursuit of social justice to bridge the military-civilian divide

Service Together bridges the military-civilian divide by uniting veterans and their communities in mutual pursuit of social justice.

Service Together’s vision is that veterans will be able to leverage their unique perspective and experience to further social justice initiatives in partnership with their civilian peers.

What do we do? Service Together informs, empowers, and inspires veterans and civilians to be of service in their own communities. We accomplish this by facilitating dialogue around what it means to support and defend, by acknowledging and uplifting the diversity and complexity of veteran voices and experiences, by educating civilians about the veteran experience, by using art as a medium to help express veteran and civilian stories, and by cultivating opportunities for veterans and civilians to come together on the issues that affect their communities.

Why do we do it? Service members take an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. For many veterans, that oath does not end upon discharge. In the face of systemic injustice, veterans are redefining what it means to support and defend on the home front and in service to their own communities. Service Together knows that mutual service is a powerful tool in veteran reintegration and bridging the military-civilian divide. We believe that the experience of serving in our nation’s military provides a unique perspective and set of skills that veterans bring to the fight for social justice.

 

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Mr. Murray Sams, Jr. is an Army Veteran with six years of service. He joined in 1964 and was stationed in Munich, Germany where he was with the Fifth Battalion, 32nd Armory as a gunner and tank commander. But before his heroic service, the 74 year old was working as an orderly at Hillman Hospital in Alabama on a Sunday morning 55 years ago.

 

It was 10:22am September 15, 1963, when the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL was bombed. Many were hurt, but four little girls lost their lives while in Sunday School. Denise McNair was just 11 years old. Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley were 14 years old. That infamous church bombing was one of the most horrific of the Civil Rights Movement and Mr. Sams was there when the girls were brought into the hospital.

 

It was no surprise the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was targeted. It had been a central meeting place for the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Following the terrorist attack, it continued as a historic strong hold in the fight for racial justice. Members of the KKK Cahaba Group were eventually convicted in the deadly bombing. Herman Cash was suspected, but died before being prosecuted. Robert Chambliss was convicted in November 1977, Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2000 and Bobby Cherry was ultimately convicted in May 2002.

 

Four little girls died that day 55 years ago, as did two other teenagers when fires and rioting broke out throughout the city of Birmingham. This violent church bombing was a costly, yet pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle.

Mr. Murray Sams, Jr. is an Army Veteran with six years of service. He joined in 1964 and was stationed in Munich, Germany where he was with...

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