MBA Veteran-Students Share Their War Stories

December 01, 2011

“I am going to die if they can’t move me,” recounted Mark Wise, one of five Georgetown MBA students to share his “war story” at an event sponsored by the McDonough Military Association (MMA) on November 17, 2011.

War Stories and Free Beer began three years ago as an event to allow veterans in the MBA program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business build camaraderie with other veteran-students and raise awareness and support for the military at McDonough.
“One of the best ways to learn about a veteran’s experiences in the military is to have a beer with him,” said Rob Lovely, president of MMA. “This event provides an outlet for veteran-students and a forum for camaraderie and questions.”
Wise’s war story drew upon his near death experience on October 24, 2009. Wearing the same boots he wore that day, Wise painted a grim picture of when enemy forces attacked his platoon with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The attack left Wise severely injured and killed one of his soldiers.
“WWII vets wouldn’t talk about it, Vietnam vets couldn’t talk about it,” said MBA student David Bunn. “It’s important to share these stories and debunk myths and the glamorization [of the military] that we see in movies and video games.”
MMA was founded to assist in the professional development and job search process of members, mentor incoming students, promote camaraderie among members, develop and maintain professional relationship with Veteran alumni, and raise awareness and support for the military at the McDonough School of Business.
-- Lamar Dawson