From the Heart of a Soldier: Interview of SSG Billy G. Massingale, US Army

After 17 years of active duty, SSG Billy G. Massingale is home on leave before he deploys again to Afghanistan for his last active tour of duty in the United States Army. While on leave, SSG (Staff Sergeant, Aco 1/121, 48th Brigade) Billy Massingale graciously agreed to do an e-interview with Decotta Brooks, Founder of the Housework Haters Club. “I have known Billy since he was just a child and have witnessed his dedication through his selfless acts of kindness and humanity while in the United States Army and his efforts to make a difference in the world in general,” reminisces Decotta. During the Summer of 2008, Billy spear-headed a school supply drive for the children of Afghanistan which resulted in 92,000 items of school supplies. As you will see from the photographs, interview and video, he has a special place in his heart for all children. Congratulations also go out to Billy and his wife, Tina, as they are expecting a baby in June of 2010.

Q: When did you enlist in the Army and why?

A: I enlisted in the Army on my 17th birthday (February 11, 1985) because it was the only thing I ever wanted to do since I was a kid (still is).

Q: What are your reasons for re-enlisting and staying in the Army all these years?

A: The basic reasons I’ve stayed are still the same, but....[Read More]

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