Journalist. Brother. Traveler.

  Derrick Perkins is a reporter and editor based in Washington, D.C. He has covered a variety of communities over the years, including the U.S. Marine Corps. His writing has appeared in USA Today, The Alexandria Times, New Hampshire Union Leader and Marine Corps Times. He and his brother were born and raised in Massachusetts.

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Wars were small, quick affairs involving special operators, U.N. peacekeepers and long-range bombers. A decade later, I found myself going back and forth with an antiwar protestor after covering a rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the student newspaper. I was learning an early lesson in journalism: admit personal views at your own risk.

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