Jennifer Hsu, Video Producer, WNYC Interactive
Jennifer Hsu produces videos about news and culture for WNYC. She is the creator of the ongoing Know Your Neighbor video series of intimate portraits about living in New York City.
Mike Monroe dreams of being a professional wrestler. For now, he lives in a shelter for homeless veterans in New York City.
After serving in the U.S. Army for seven years as a medic, including on a tour of combat duty in Iraq, Monroe returned to the United States and decided his future was in New York City, a place he could pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
But the transition to civilian life has been challenging for him. Today, the 28-year-old Ohio native finds himself living at a veterans shelter in Long Island City, Queens, anxious for his new life to begin.