Interview with Valor
Why American Military University?
When I was first approached for the role of mascot, I was looking at some other opportunities—movie stunt animal, Angry Birds pitchman. So, I did some research and discovered this tightknit community of learners that happened to be entirely online. It was at a time in my career when I wanted to spread my wings and try something new. Ultimately, it was the amazing people at American Military University that made it an easy choice for me. I get to represent our country’s bravest and brightest. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Tell us why you always look to the right?
Technically, your right is my left. It’s all about perspective. Some people say I’m always viewing east to the horizon—looking to tomorrow or the future if you will. I’m what my handlers call a ‘visionary.’ At first, I just thought it was because I really do have great vision. I am an eagle after all. I can spot a field mouse from a mile away.
Can you tell our readers a few things about yourself they may not know?
My favorite food is raw meat. Hold the veggies. Also, did you know that Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a mascot as a person, animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them good luck? I can’t think of a better job than bringing a little luck to the best student body in the world. Besides, I already feel like the luckiest bird—that is after my colleague, the bald eagle who was chosen for the Great Seal of the United States.
Are mascots competitive with each other?
Great question. There have been rumors circulating that my four-legged friend from APU and I have a rivalry. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re simpatico, like Matt and Ben in Good Will Hunting. Now, I’m not naming names, but there are a few mascots out there who like to talk a little trash because their university won a few bowl games. I just tell them, ‘hey, while your team was protecting the goal line, my team was protecting national security.’ That usually ruffles a few of their feathers.