Blue Angels’ Lawrence L. Chapman, Jr.

I’m Native American from the Jena Band of Choctaw. I grew up in Jena, LA and most of my friends and all of my family still lives there. Currently, I’ve been in the United States Marine Corps for 16 years. It has been very challenging and equally rewarding. I was very fortunate to have found my wife at a young age and we have been married for 13 years now. I also have an amazing 13 year old son. I love fitness and try and compete in as many sports as possible. It’s a great outlet for my energy and a wonderful way to meet new friends and build lasting relationships with teammates.
 
We all go through tough times in life and we can always attribute our successes to the help we receive from others. Once you get past the toughest times, you will grow stronger for it and you’ll begin to understand just how wonderful the world can be. Sometimes, it’s hard to think things will get better and we all have feelings like we’ll never get to be accepted but we must keep trying. Trust me, it does get better.
 
As a young boy, as far back as I remember, I was constantly teased for not being fast enough, my clothes were hand-me-downs, my haircut was wrong and even my shoes were the object of rude remarks. I was even teased about my weight.
 
I always had someone to talk to and confide in but just because they were available didn’t mean I wanted to. It felt too personal to tell a family member or best friend about those things and so I felt ashamed and alone with my troubles. Not every day was tough but there were definitely some tough ones in there.
 
Shortly after leaving Louisiana for the Marine Corps, I met a couple of different guys that I felt comfortable enough around to finally open up. It was great to have someone to talk to and could relate to my very own issues.
 
The hardest part was opening up and asking them for help. However, I’m glad I did because it helped tremendously and I owe my successes to my mentors. That was almost 15 years and to this day we are still good friends and I still ask for their advice from time to time.
 
Personal Contact Info:
Cell Phone: (843) 271-7977
Email: lawrence.chapman1@yahoo.com

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