My name is Tim Huber and I just set foot on the path of administratively assisting the Peace and Justice Support Network.
Most recently I concluded a three-year volunteer term with the Military Counseling Network in Germany.
At MCN we provided free information, counseling, and advocacy to members of the U.S. military who had questions about matters such as physical and psychological medical issues, conscientious objection, and family hardship situations. It was a difficult but rewarding job rooted in a
problem that can often feel too massive and overwhelming to address, let alone fix. My generation lacks the dramatic and powerful opportunities for taking a stand against war that belonged to earlier, draft days men, so I felt lucky MCN gave me the opportunity to make a difference in young service members' lives, no matter how big or small it may be.
Coming back to the United States has been a thought-provoking transition, dealing with people driving too slow in the passing lane and coming to terms with whole gallons of milk at the grocery store. However, even though these two organizations are separated by land, sea, and language, there is a significant quantity of shared priorities and I
feel lucky to be able to continue my work, but with the added bonus of my native tongue.
That might make things easier, but it won't make it easy. As I said earlier, rewarding work isn't often easy, especially in the realm of peace issues. When a Nobel Peace Prize speech includes the justification for war (even when war is defined as an indicator of human folly) the work is ready, and needs to be done.