Alumnus Wes Moore Appears on Time Magazine Cover

Phi Theta Kappa alumnus Wes Moore will appear on the cover of the August 29 issue of Time Magazine as a representative of the new “greatest generation” of young war veterans.

Moore recently was a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the article and how military service affects soldiers’ lives when they become civilians. Watch the segment here.

August 29 cover of time magazine

August 29 cover of time magazine

Time’s article discusses how veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to civilian life and are assuming significant leadership roles at home as a result of their military experience.

“We all share a common bond … some of the most organized, hard-charging, efficient, compassionate people that I have ever met in my life are fellow vets,” Moore says in a video focusing on the five cover story subjects. Watch the video here. According to the video, Moore, a best-selling author and youth advocate, is scheduled to become an NBC contributor. He also appeared on Morning Joe.

In the article, Moore says the military literally changed his life. Sent to Valley Forge Military College as a rebellious teenager, he became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, took the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies course, and was company commander.

Moore graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. As a Captain in the U.S. Army he served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005-2006.

Following his service, Moore was chosen as a White House Fellow and was a Special Assistant to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

His book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, tells the story of two young men with the same name and background, and examines why they took different paths – Phi Theta Kappa’s Wes Moore’s success is contrasted with the other Wes Moore, serving a life sentence for murder.

Formerly with Citibank, Moore is now developing educational-technology products for Oprah Winfrey, according to Time. He has served as a Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention speaker and panelist, and as a speaker for the Honors Institute. He is a Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Trustee.

The Time article tells of Moore’s mentoring program for first-time young offenders in Baltimore and his career as a motivational speaker for high school students. The sense of accomplishment and training provided by the military led him to a career of public service, he says in the article.

“I came back a stronger person, a person really able to contribute to society, in many ways even more than I was prior to my deployment,” Moore says in the video.

“Wes is an amazing person, whose life story effectively illustrates the value of completing an education and setting goals for success,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. “He has become a role model not only to disadvantaged young people, but to so many of our Phi Theta Kappa members.”

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