Soldier. Writer. Photographer.
J.P. Lawrence is a journalist, Army veteran and Filipino immigrant. He works for the San Antonio Express News and recently worked with the Albany Times Union, The New York Times, and the Associated Press. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Bard College. He deployed in 2009 to Basra, Iraq with the 34th Infantry Division and currently serves with the New York Army National Guard.
At the end of the school year, I finally asked him about Iraq. He told me about 2003, when whispers of invasion swirled around him, when he was still too young to make sense of it.