Every day, Joe sits atop his backpack on the corner of a busy street in McMinnville. He calls himself a highway traveler, living off the land and the kindness of people in the community. With his weathered and tested hands, he holds a sign with the word “veteran” scrawled on it. This word alone reveals a deep and complex story.
- I wrote this piece for a project in my MSCM 360: Topics in Media, War & Culture. We were required to locate war veterans and write profile articles, capturing the complexities and essence of those who have served in war. I chose to interview a homeless man who lives in McMinnville, Ore., and while the authenticity or credibility of his story may be questionable, I thoroughly enjoyed profiling such a complex, yet simple, human being.