My ILP at TFI has been going great. I've been working with the freshman by doing things like going to exhibits with them, IMAX movies and keeping them organized and put together. I've also been helping Allison by putting back all the tools used for mini courses and walking the kids over from school. I like my ILP and I'm excited to finish it up before the end of the school year. 

SLA JV- "Real DeaLEO" Cassel-Siskind Shuts Down Boys Latin 6-1, Fans 14 in Debut

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For years Boys Latin would best SLA each Spring in a scrimmage. The team their own coach claimed "wasn't very good" had always been a step ahead of their CC rivals, but times have officially changed. SLA has consistently had the upper hand for both Varsity and JV contests, and today was no different as SLA JV opened their season with a convincing 6-1 win for their 2nd year coach and former Rocket Ace Brandon Williams. 

Shaion Denny got it started off by driving the first pitch Latin Ace E. Coates had to offer deep into the left center gap for a ground-ruled double. Moments prior to the at-bat he asked the umpire "what happens if the ball rolls onto the concrete in deep center?" Smiling from 2nd, Denny had his answer and remained hot the rest of the way going 3-3 with 3RBIs to fuel the Rocket offense.

Then Lefty "The Real DeaLEO" Cassel-Siskind made his debut in Rocket Blue and totally dominated with a 14-Strike Out, Complete Game performance. Scattering just 3 hits over 5 innings, the Warriors couldn't phase him even when they had runners in scoring position. A feisty side of the freshmen came out when it mattered most, and timely hits by fellow freshmen Kristian Ramos and Kenny Carroll ensured he had a comfortable cushion.

Next up for SLA JV is their home opener in Mt. Airy vs North East on Fri, 4/1. Come out in support and be able to say you were there way back when the next star Rocket players took their home field for the first time. #rocketsbaseball4life

Photo by Rough Cut Photographer- Ijustice Avery

ILP Blog Post

So far in ILP, I am getting used to being a positive role model for the younger kids that I am around when at my old school. I am a big helper with a organization that is called “PlayWorks”. PlayWorks is an organization that sends PlayWork workers to different school throughout who helps with the active part of the children’s day. Letting the kids get a break from class and come outside and have fun. Play games, laugh, run around but most importantly learn how to do all that in a mature manner. Helping the kids play safe is the key. A lot of the children I work with look up to me since I’m older. They watch how I act and I see some even try to copy the things I do so I have to make sure I set a positive image for the younger kids to follow. Also, many of them remember me because I use to attend this school throughout K-8, also I have many family and friends that live around the neighborhood. It’s been a great experience volunteering at my old school and I look forward to go have fun with my old family at Kearny every Wednesday!

Soy Yo-Ahmed Ahmed


Ahmed Ahmed

Soy Yo

Tengo quince años

Fútbol y nadar son mis pasiones

Hablo inglés y árabe con pasión

El hijo de padres árabes: loco, inteligente, cariñoso

Producto del medio este

Soy yo

Veo los árboles y palmeras hermosas de arena del desierto del Sahara
Oigo llamada a la oración

Huelo el aroma relajante del río Nilo
Saboreo Shawarma de mi mamá

Siento las gruesas cuerdas de mi hermosa laúd


Bailo con la música de mi laúd

Hablo con dignidad en inglés y árabe

Escapó de América para dos años

Necesito vivir en el medio este


Somos productos  del medio este

Somos árabes

Hablamos Arabe:

La lengua de shawarma y dátiles

No somo Americanos. Vivimos en America.

No somos Arabes. Arabia está en nosotros,pero allí no tengo hogar

Mi mamá y papá llegaron a un nuevo mundo


Lo están haciendo muy bien

Service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic 2016

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This spring break, 6 fabulous SLA students and 3 teachers organized another service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic. Below are words from the students, as well as pictures from our trip. Click here and here to see more pictures posted on our DonorsChoose pages.

It's hard to put our experience into words. Our trip was amazing, yet at times, heartbreaking. We all experienced some level of culture shock. Before our trip, we read articles and talked with a social justice advocate about the humanitarian crisis created by the Dominican government stripping people of Haitian descent of their citizenship; but nothing could prepare us for seeing children living in bateyes. We could not fathom how the government could intentionally deprive humans of their access to clean water, work, land, and education. At the same time, it was exhilarating to stick our hands in plastic buckets of cement and work alongside people to literally build the walls of their future houses and community center. We also played soccer with the kids in the batey, used our Spanish to connect with locals, built bee boxes (to replenish the bee population needed for a healthy environment) and learned about the seven elements of Human Security. We grew so much from this experience and have new insights to seek practical solutions and to continue investigating pressing questions. Thank you, everyone, for believing in us!

With tremendous gratitude,

Trinity (12th grade), Bella (12th grade), Avery (12th grade), Amelia (12th grade), Kia (11th grade), Rifah (11th grade)
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After a 3 mile hike up to the top of Brisón Mountain.
Learning salsa, bachata and merengue with community members.
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Building bee boxes


Since last year, I have been interning at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Although I like what I am doing, I don’t think I will go intern there again for junior year. I feel like i’m getting nothing done and although this is helping my resume, I don’t think it’s a perfect fit for me. For junior year, I shall be getting a head start on my  career by interning at St. Christopher’s Children Hospital or C.H.O.P.

New Season, Same Results- "Rocket" Beats Mastbaum 13-0; Lukas Supovitz-Aznar throws 1-hitter

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This time last year it was snowing and no one thought an unknown team from a small startup school like SLA would do much against the traditional "big boys" of Philly Baseball. Most minds have been forever changed after an undefeated season, Division Title, trip to the Final Four and just one hit away from the Championship game. 

There's a chip on their collective shoulder after the way the season ended just short of the ultimate prize, and it showed on Opening Day 2016. Lukas Supovitz-Aznar's curve was down right dirty and the Rockets' defense was stellar turning two beautiful double plays, one on a bullet back to 1st by Left Fielder Tony Brown to catch an aggressive runner. 

The boys did it with the stick as well as the glove. Doubles by Lukas S-Aznar, Tony Brown and Aaron Watson-Sharer led an offense that relentlessly put the ball in play and took advantage of errors by Mastbaum's nervous defense to score 13 runs on 12 hits. Kevin Courtney went 3-4 with 5RBIs, Aaron Watson-Sharer went 2-3 with 3RBIs and Tony Brown also went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and stole home on a passed ball. 

But all that offense wasn't even needed because Lukas held Mastbaum's entire line up in check and took a no-hitter all the way up to the final out before a single finally left the infield. Lukas retired the next batter to finish a gem of a Complete Game 1-Hitter over 5 innings, striking out 6 and walking 3. 

Clearly a fun way to start the season, but everyone in royal blue knows there is more work to do and no time to rest. Up next, King on Thursday for the Mt. Airy home opener. Come out and support The Rocket's campaign for a City Title in 2016.

Photo by Rough Cut Photographer- Micah Henry

Sharron Norton- Enraizada en mi patria

Sharron Norton: Enraizada en mi patria

Soy Africana,

La hija de los padres trabajadoras,

Tengo seis hermanos,

Producto de África,

Un ave de Dios.

Veo libertad,

Saboreo la comida de mi abuela,

Oigo la voz de mi mamá,

Toco el pelo de mis hermanos.

Practico deportes con pasión,

Corriendo como el animal de mi,

Le senga de África está en mi,

Aceptado en la historia de mi patria.

Somos productos de África,

Somos Africanos,

Hablamos inglés:

Somos como el depredadores en tiempos de cacería,

No somos uno somos muchos,

No hablamos de uno, hablamos juntos,

Mi mamá yo somos uno


somos hermosos y libra.

Nate's ILP

Nate’s Ilp

I personally think My ILP is going really great. I spend time with my mom learning about her job as an Massagist/Chiropractor, and learn different methods and massages. I always had an interest on my mom’s job because I get to say hello to her clients and it allows her clients to come back into her work of business which increases her income. Usually on some Wednesday when my mom is working, I go around Philadelphia and hand out her business cards and tell her about what she does, having a few clients giving her a call because of me, she was able to grab their interest of getting massages. My best experience for me was probably watching different kind of videos for massaging, there are all types of massages for people who needs a specific and that’s something my mom masters in. The purpose for me to experience that so when some one ever have problems, I would know which type of massage they actually need and they can go to one, It’s part of who I am for helping others.

My ILP Blog Post

As previously stated, my ILP is at an after school program at the church I attend. I am very familiar with a lot of the students seeing as I used to attend their elementary school. I quite enjoy it there. The staff is accommodating of my needs regarding school work and scheduling. I have a great time and I feel right at home. It's nice to reminisce on the homework I used to have and it keeps me on my toes and helps me remember.

E1 U5: Soy Tailandés

Turbo Sabpenpob : Soy Tailandés

Vengo desde muy lejos

Como un pajarito buscando el azul del cielo

Mi familia es mi corazón

La llevo siempre conmigo

Mi Tailandia y familia

Nunca lo olvido

Mi familia es todo

Mi familia es Tailandés

Mi es Tailandés

Nosotros vivimos en Bangkok

Bangkok es mi casa

Filadelfia también

Aprendí de la vida

Mi corazón descalzo se perdió en calidad

Aprendí de su soledad

Mi hablo inglés y Tailandés

Semejante agotadora dos máscara

yo soy hijos de las Américas

Somos productos de Tailandia

Somos Tailandés

Hablamos parcialmente Español

La lengua es dificil aprender

Somos Americanos. Vivimos en América

Somos de asiático

Mi familia y yo de Tailandés


Mi familia es todo

*Gracias Christina for your help!* 
Turbo's song

ILP blog post

     For my ILP I am volunteering at a local homeless kitchen, Chosen 300. I started volunteering at this kitchen while I was required to in middle school, I still receive the same fulfillment. Based on the day I either cook meals, serve meals, give out coats during clothing drives, or serve coffee/tea. While volunteering I get to meet many new people and interact one on one with the other side of Philadelphia I do not generally see. I think having this as my ILP was a great choice, it is definitely an activity I could upkeep in the future and also for college applications. Overall my ILP is an enriching experience that I feel betters me.

Sashoya Dougan: Una decisión, Dos identidades

​Yo soy Sashoya Dougan  
La hija de padres inmigrantes, 
Yo no tengo hermanos o hermanas 
Yo no tengo padre
Pero tengo mi mamá
Soy producto de Caribe. Pero no soy taína. 
Lo teíno está en mí. 

Yo sueño de las playas blancas,
El azul cielo bonito
Y las noches calientes debajo las estrellas

Bailo con la identidad de mi familia, 
Pero yo vivo con identidad del mismo,
Todavía desconocida

Solo necesito mi mamá, mi gato, mis amigos y
 mismo, no necesito toda mi familia es no problema

Somos productos del Caribe, 
Yo soy parcialmente taína
Yo soy Americana-Caribe
Yo soy Sashoya Dougan

Jaszmine's ILP

My experience with my ILP was very interesting however boring at times. I was able to sit in a classroom with kindergarten and first-grade autistic students I learned with them, read to some of them and helped them in my best ability. The only thing I did not like about my ILP is that I was often having to make lots of copies for the teacher and I was not in the classroom with the students as much. This ILP has made me a better person, I learned a lot more about people with autism and what they experience. I learned to interact with children better, and I learned to be more open with new things. This ILP opened me up to something new and even though I don't like change all the time this is something I mostly joined. Something I am looking forward to is involving myself in more activities and studying autism more its a very interesting thing to me. 

ILP blog post Keith Hodge

Hello everyone well my ILP is the same as the last time The Franklin Institute. First of all it is working out well everyone is so nice to me and they really have brought me in as a member of their TFI family. I have also received my TFI ID which I can use to go anywhere and just to name a few the basement (volunteer area) 5th,3rd floor and I can get into any traveling exhibit. Another cool thing I was able to do was create a scavenger hunt for the freshman which is in the comments if you would like to complete it for yourself. And lastly another thing I was able to do this year was go to the annual TFI Christmas party which was cool and also able to see my favorite scientist ever Bill Nye the science guy.

So overall I have a really cool ILP

P.s: Please feel free to ask any questions or comments about the scavenger hunt below.

ILP Quarter 2 Update

My ILP at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent has been going swimmingly. I’ve been alternating between researching and writing blog posts for their website and working at the front desk. The staff, including Joanne, Kristen, and Bob, have taken a shine to me and have been really kind and helpful. Occasionally, I get inspiration by walking around the museum and looking at the artifacts and paintings there. My ILP alternates between Wednesday and Saturday, depending on the week. I would like to finish this off by including the link to the blog post I wrote about Benjamin Franklin and his legacy:

E1 U5: Mi Familia

Zaire Williams

3-17-16                                                            Soy yo

de una familia fuerte

Somos productos de las Américas

Somos Americanos

No somos Mexicanos, Vivimos en America

La lengua de pollo y arroz

Hablamos inglés

Soy de familia

De dos padres cariñosos

Cuatro hermanas mayores fuertes

Dos hermanos mayores valientes

Un hermano del aprendizaje

En mi familia

Soy yo el segundo más joven

Que quiera tener éxito en la vida

Mi familia tiene muchos talentos

Mi hermanas son bueno a caballo obra

Mi hermanos y yo son bueno a dibujar

Mi padre es bueno a tecnología

Familia se define como un grupo específico de personas

que pueden estar formados por parejas,

hijos , padres , tíos , primos y abuelos .


Lung Cancer, Smoking vs. Vaping


Lung cancer is a tumor, in which cells keep growing in tissues of the lung. There are two types of cancer: small-cell lung carcinoma and non-small-cell lung carcinoma. Small-cell lung carcinoma is a malignant cancer and non-small-cell lung carcinoma is insensitive to chemotherapy. The main cause of lung cancer is due to tobacco smoking for a long time. Treatment depends on the cancer stage, which is a degree of spread. Stage I is cancer that did not spread to other organs and stage IV (the highest level) is cancer that spread to other organs. Non-small-cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with a surgery and small-cell lung carcinoma is treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Vaping is inhaling and exhaling the vapor. This vapor is produced by an electronic cigarette. According to Student Science website, Vaping May Threaten Brain, Immunity and More article states, “The scientists exposed pregnant mice to e-cig vapors. Then, once the pups were born, they too got exposed for a month. That is when mice reach young-adulthood. The animals breathed in vapors at concentrations scaled to be similar to what a vaping person might encounter. Then Zelikoff’s group tracked the activity of genes in the animals’ frontal cortex. This brain region is associated with planning and using inputs from the senses (like sight, smell and sound) to understand their environment.”Even though many people think vaping is better for them, it can still cause many damages to the body. Vaping can also cause a respiratory disease called a ‘popcorn lung’, which can destroy the airways of lungs, where the scar tissues gather and delay an airflow. The treatment for people with this disease, which just started developing, can use steroids, but people with a severe disease have a major treatment such as lung transplants.


Nowadays many people smoke cigarettes and vape. Many people know lung cancer can be one of the side effects of smoking, but many teens do not know many specifics about it. Smoking cigarettes is the main cause of lung cancer, which ends up being about 80-90% lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer also has a lower survival rate, than other type of cancer. People who smoke and vape are the most impacted, but people who are exposed to secondhand smoke somewhere else are impacted as well. People who do not smoke have about 20-30% of chance to develop lung cancer. Being exposed to different chemicals or gases, such as radon gas, can also cause lung cancer. Smoking cigarettes and vaping affects society in a negative manner because it causes lung cancer and people will not live healthy. People who vape can think of vaping as a way to help them quit smoking completely. There are levels of nicotine that they can control and lower its level to quit, but it is not easy. There is more research being done about vaping because scientists are not sure how bad it is for people, but they do know it contains chemicals, which harm the lungs.


I personally am interested in oncology. My grandfather was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in the winter of 2013 and was given six months to live. I always went back to Poland for the summer, which gave me an opportunity to take care of him, while my grandmother was still working. It was not easy to watch him go through it, but I am happy I got to take care of him. I saw how cancer changed his body and his brain/ thinking. He passed away while I was in Poland. In September of 2013 I had an internship at CHOP on cancer research, where I examined single nucleotide variations in germline patient DNA with neuroblastoma. In the summer of 2014 my uncle was also diagnosed with lung cancer. I went to Poland in the summer of 2014 and took care of him. He passed away while I was there as well. Seeing my grandfather and my uncle go through chemotherapy and radiation made me realize how important it is to know the side effects of smoking and its consequences. My sister used to smoke cigarettes, but then she switched to vaping, which I still disagree with. We have a lot of conversations about vaping and how it is still not healthy for her. She believes vaping will help her quit smoking and switching from smoking to vaping is better, but in my opinion smoking cigarettes or vaping will never be good for anyone, since it can have many side effects. I am definitely not interested in smoking because all of the experience above showed me the side effects I do not want to go through. I think people should quit smoking and vaping to live a healthier life.

Link to presentation:


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Mi vida de Cambodia

Mi vida de Cambodia

Soy yo Benjamin Seing

El niño de una familia muy triste

Soy completo y soy Budista

Un niño sin mis abuelos

Producto de Cambodia

Un elefante amable

Yo veo de maldad

Veo la oscuridad y miedo de escuela

Saboreo el dulces de las frutas

Oigo la musica de naturaleza

Toco muchas hoja de papel

Yo huelo libertad

Hablo muchos en inglés en escuela

Escribo en inglés es muy dificil

Paso tiempo hago mucha tarea

Entiendo muchos en inglés y español

Somos productos de Cambodia

Somos Cambodia y Americanos

Hablamos Teochew, Inglés, y Español:

La lengua de arroz y pad thai

No somos Americanos, vivimos en Filadelfia

No somos Cambodia. Cambodia está en nosotros, porqué allí no tenemos hogar

Mí padrés están en la major océan y somos completos.

Correr es mi destino

Destino de amigos

Mi amigos es mi vida
My Song

E1 U5- Mi Vida

Troung Minh Tam o Catherine Long

Soy yo

Vengo desde muy lejos

Una inmigrante

Cansada de estar corriendo

Adoptada de Vietnam

Veo latas de cerveza

Oigo la voz poderosa de mi familia

Huelo cigarrillo de mi tíos

Saboreo papa de mi abuela y mi madre

Toco la pequeña ao dai

Duermo bajo el azul del cielo

Dibujo mi familia desconocida

Como arroz, pato, pescado y pho

Estudio mi cultura

Somos productos de Vietnam, China y América

Hablamos inglés

La lengua de fideos y hamburguesa

Como uno se aferra a una pedazo de tierra

Pero allí no tengo hogar


Somos completos

E1 U5: Un Alma Partido


Un Alma Partido

Soy hija de las Américas

Y como si fuera poco

Soy hija de una encrucijada

No tengo adónde correr

No tengo donde esconder

Veo la línea del horizonte

Pero no puedo tocarla

Saboreo las lágrimas saladas de mi dolor

Toco las montañas rocosas del éxito

Pero es demasiado alta

Oigo fuerza

Vivo en la ciudad del amor fraternal

Pero eso es falso

Vivo con un corazón roto

Nunca olvido los recuerdos

Que partido mi alma

Corro de todos

Porque me dicen mentiras

Bailo con la canción de mi verdad

Porque es todo lo que tengo

Somos productos de los perdidos

Estamos cansados de correr

Hablamos esperanza:

La lengua de verdad y creencia

Vivimos en América pero

Nuestras mentes siempre se preguntan

Nuestros corazones descalzos se perdieron

Y no hay camino de regreso


Un Alma Partido (1)

Advanced Essay #4

My goal for this essay was to show how American people will eventually stop enlisting in the military because they will realize that their sacrifices are not truly appreciated by the American public and Government/Military. While researching and writing this essay I realized that the American Military does not focus on returning soldiers and veterans enough. Veteran soldiers are not given the support they deserve post war.

Matthew Willson

Advanced Essay #4


Historically, the armed forces have been revered in America. With the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, soldiers’ perceptions of military service and the public’s views on war have changed. While these changes may have begun during the Vietnam War, the effects of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been had different.  Soldiers have begun to seriously doubt whether their sacrifices are truly appreciated by the American public. If this continues, views of being in the American military will change significantly, and it will become much more difficult for the military to successfully recruit and retain soldiers.

Since the Vietnam War, America has been involved in approximately 18 wars.  According to Stephen Kinzer of the Boston Globe, soldiers are today’s American heroes:  “Who is a hero? In today’s America, it is someone who chooses a military career, puts on a uniform, and prepares for war. Placing soldiers and veterans on this kind of pedestal is a relatively new phenomenon. Past generations of Americans saw soldiers as ordinary human beings. They were like the rest of us: big and small, smart and dumb, capable of good and bad choices. Now we pretend they are demi-gods.” The following picture captures this point of view perfectly.

There is a soldier on top of a mountain or hill. His face is hidden in darkness. The scenery and the soldier are depicted in dark colors while the American flag that he is holding shines bright in contrast to the darkness surrounding it. The biblical quote below the photo could be positive in a different context but instead it connects God and the bible to the actions of the US army. In this way, the soldier’s work is reframed not as violence and war, but rather “peacemaking.” To call soldiers the “children of God” not only legitimates violence as a crusade-like religious act for good, it also implies that the soldiers as blindly following the orders of their superiors and God--they are only children.

Historians have written extensively about the ravages of war and their toll on soldiers throughout time. While nobody doubts the impact of violence and war on soldier’s lives, the effects of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have differed from past wars in several ways. Soldiers were fighting wars on two fronts; many saw the duration of their deployments extended because of poor post-invasion planning, and many have also subjected to stop-loss measures that prevented them from leaving the military until their units returned from war, even if their tour should have been finished.  It is clear that US soldier’s own perspective of their role has begun to change because of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One reason is the way they are treated after they have finished their tour of duty. According to Gabriela Acosta of USC, “Almost a quarter million Iraq or Afghanistan vets have been diagnosed with mental health injuries from combat service. Many more are not diagnosed, yet go on with their lives while experiencing short-term memory loss, headaches, insomnia, anger or numbness -- conditions that can range from merely annoying to highly disruptive on the job and within the family.”   Unfortunately, many soldiers that suffer from PTSD or other mental and physical injuries they received while serving time in combat are not provided with equitable resources to survive and live a healthy life after they serve their country and put their lives on the line. It is disappointing to see the American society have so much faith in their military when so many people's lives are traumatically changed by it. According to, “22 veterans take their lives every day.” This statistic is horrific and America should recognize this and try to fix it. We are clearly not supporting the needs of soldiers when they come back from war.

The VA (United States Department of Veteran Affairs), the agency charged with taking care of returning soldiers,  has also received a large amount of negative press in the past few  years regarding their poor support  and terrible veteran healthcare system. According to CNN, “the managers at the VA concocted an elaborate scheme to cover up long wait times there. The sources said more than 1,400 vets were placed on the purported secret list and that documents were shredded to hide the evidence. According to sources, at least 40 U.S veterans died waiting for care at the facility, many of whom were on the list.” This is just one example of many terrible things the VA has been guilty of over the years.  

At the same time, it is important to remember that most people don’t serve in the military, and the wars are being fought far far away from US soil.  The military’s promotion of their actions in the press has also created expectations in the general public. Loudly describing the Iraq invasion as an example of ‘Shock and awe’ created an unrealistic public perception of the war. According to Captain Scott Hubbard (a returned Iraq vet (US News)) “We expected to come in and throw another 3-pointer and everyone stand up and cheer. There was a lot of emotion, a lot of rhetoric, all the country music songs getting everybody fired up.  I think a lot of folks screaming for war just don't understand what it takes.”  With the impact of the press and misperceptions of the public fed by the military itself, returning soldiers wonder whether the public is behind them and whether they have the capacity to truly understand what they have experienced.     

Overall, the poor treatment of returning vets and the public’s reactions to news surrounding the war has created serious doubts in the minds of the soldiers regarding whether or not America truly values their military service.  According to Anna Mulrine (US News), “the sacrifices are great and sometime soldiers wonder why they keep making them.”


Kinzer, Stephen. "Joining the Military Doesn’t Make You a Hero - The Boston Globe." Boston Globe. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. <>.

Acosta, Gabriella. "The Impact of War: Mental Health of Veterans and Their Families." USC.EDU. USC, 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. <>.

Bronstein, Scott, Drew Griffin, and Nelli Black. "Phoenix VA Officials Deny There's a Secret Wait List; Doctor Says They're Lying." CNN. Cable News Network. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. <>.

Mulrine, Anna. "How the War In Iraq Is Changing the American Soldier." US News. U.S.News & World Report. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.