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    New citizens: Why did you become American?

    My land of the free and home of the bave

    I met my wife during a international NATO mission in the UK, we fell in love and I resigned my duties as a German Soldier/Military Diplomat. I always dreamed about the US of A and when I became US Citizen on 24 AUG 2009 I had achieved all my dreams. I was born in Germany, sure a free country, yet the way the USA invited me, embraced me and welcomed me, was breathtaking. The USA did actually overachieve my expectation, having lived in a few cultures (UK, Spain, Germany, Netherlands) shows me, that here at home, I can live free, and am accepted fro what I am, not for what I represent, I do live here free and can testify that this is the land of opportunity, you work hard, you get to play hard, something I could never do in Germany. Because of my military history it took a little longer to become US Citizen, it was sometimes hard, but it was worth every step along the way.
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