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Blacks Using Military to Get Ahead

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Blacks Using Military to Get Ahead

Blacks Using Military to Get Ahead

Blacks Using Military to Get Ahead

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As part of our ongoing series on African Americans and the military, NPR's Tony Cox explores how blacks have used the military's incentives to improve their socioeconomic standing.

Joining in are Army Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers, a Greco-Roman wrestler with the Army's World Class Athlete Program; journalist Yvonne Latty, author of In Conflict and We Were There: Voices of African-American Veterans from World War II to the War in Iraq; and Vietnam veteran George Brumell, whose memoir is titled Shades of Darkness.

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