8-19-2011By Sharon Kelly McBride
Human Rights First Board of Directors member Wes Moore is featured in this week’s TIME Magazine cover story on “The New Greatest Generation.” For the piece, article author Joe Klein chose Moore and four other Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who are redefining leadership at in the United States through public service projects.
Moore, who joined Human Rights First’s Board of Directors in 2010, is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a counter-intelligence officer in Afghanistan. Last year, he published The Other Wes Moore, a best-selling tale about two kids from Baltimore: himself and another man, with the same name who is now serving a life sentence for killing a policeman. The book examines how forces sent the two youths to such different fates. A former associate for Citigroup in New York City, Moore is founder of STAND!, a youth mentoring program for first-time criminals in Baltimore City. Today, he is a motivational speaker, a regular MSNBC contributor and is developing educational-technology products for Oprah Winfrey.
“The returning veterans are bringing skills that seem to be on the wane in American society, qualities we really need now: crisp decision-making, rigor, optimism, entrepreneurial creativity, a larger sense of purpose and real patriotism (as opposed to self-righteous flag waving),” Klein observes of Moore and the four other veterans featured in the piece.
Those are the same values Human Rights First has always appreciated in Moore. In the article he states that these same values and the Army saved his life. He states, “You know, it’s difficult to leave the military and not come out bored. There’s a significant letdown, which is a big part of the psychological problems so many of us have. In civilian life you miss the excitement and purpose and camaraderie. … But I think that’s what is motivating many of us into different forms of public service.”