This week’s Borne the Battle episode features Marine Corps Veteran Scott Stump, who discussed how his military career prepared him for becoming President and CEO of the National Desert Storm Memorial Association.
Stump was intrigued with the idea of joining the military while in college, following in the footsteps of several family members who served before him. In the podcast above, he discusses serving in the Marine Corps Reserve, being activated for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, learning valuable lessons in the military, and transitioning into civilian life.
While on active duty, Stump was so dedicated to finishing his college degree that he would complete assignments from his own foxhole. He talked about how the air campaign’s effectiveness helped save the lives of many American soldiers prior to the 100-hour ground war, and recalled how Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield reshaped the relationship between the American public and those who served in its military.
Stump discussed how he got the idea for building the National Desert Storm War Memorial in 2010. He would soon begin devoting his time to lead the project and, in its 11th year, became the group’s CEO and president. Importantly, he discussed the process of honoring Desert Storm Veterans with a memorial and how his team got it approved and funded.
The memorial is set to break ground this year and will be near the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. Stump explained that the goal of the memorial is to encourage visitors to educate themselves about the events of Desert Storm and Desert Shield, support the nearly 700,000 Desert Storm Veterans, and honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL DESERT STORM AND DESERT SHIELD WAR MEMORIAL
Finally, Stump shared advice on how Veteran volunteers can become actively involved in the project, how larger Veteran Service Organizations have been major contributors in its funding, and how potential donors can have public recognition on site at the memorial.
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Michaela Yesis is a podcast volunteer who recently graduated from George Mason University with a BA in English.