At one point in Afghanistan, Sam told Ruben his idea for starting a food truck. Ruben filed his idea away as something for him to circle back to when they got back home.
Ruben knew he needed to find the same kind of leadership he’d received in the program after he aged out at 18 and Sam felt directionless, treading water, even after managing to graduate from college. In their own ways, they were drawn to the Marine Corp, attracted by its fierce reputation for molding recruits into formidable soldiers, first in battle. And both Rubin and Sam had a strong desire to experience war.