James LaPorta thought he was already doing what he wanted to do in life, until his time as a Marine infantryman ended a lot earlier than he had expected. Soon after, he turned his hobby of writing into a professional career as a freelance journalist. Today, he is an Investigative reporter with The Associated Press, and the Military Advisor to NBC's This is Us. He shares memories of camaraderie while he was on active duty, the rare occurrences he sees people from all walks of life come together in civilian communities, how he accurately depicts military and military family stories on screen, and much more.
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