I met Sgt. Michael Turk in 2008 while working on my thesis for graduate school in Austin, Texas. At that time, he worked as a recruiter for the Army National Guard and was part of a military program that focused on recruiting native speakers from the Middle East region. In exchange for service, these recruits would get a fast track to citizenship. I could never drum up much interest in this story, but I still think that it is important.
Here, Sgt. Turk, a new citizen, walks away from his first time voting in a U.S. election in 2008.