"What I really want to focus on is what other countries are doing to help veterans, especially countries in Western Europe," he said. "I want to see how they address these issues and see what kind of service levels they offer their veterans and families."
The Fellowship is awarded to emerging leaders to encourage collaboration on international and domestic policies. Boerstler and 43 other recipients will travel to Europe to meet with policy makers.
"It's going to be a really unique experience" he said. "I hope to take several appointments with officials overseas to see how they do it and compare that with how we serve veterans, and possible bring some lessons learned back to the U.S."
The city's deputy director of veterans' affairs, Boerstler is a vet himself. His passion led him to co-found the Lone Star Veterans Association.
"As long as veterans are being viewed as members of society and not outcasts, then that makes me really feel like we're doing our job," he said. "So I think that it's just something I'll always do, in this line of work or another job. I'm going to keep serving my community."
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is part of what's happening at the University of Houston. I'm Marisa Ramirez.
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