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Anthony Bravo Esparza & Paul Crowley

As part of Encore.org’s partnership with the national oral history project StoryCorps, we invite you to listen to the story of Anthony Bravo Esparza.

Anthony, on the right in the photo here, is a skilled barber in West Los Angeles. But he’s also a military veteran and, every week, he sets up shop in a van outside at the local VA hospital, giving away his services for free.

In this StoryCorps interview, Anthony talks with his fellow vet and friend Paul Crowley about “the power of a haircut.”

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As part of Encore.org’s partnership with the national oral history project StoryCorps, we invite you to listen to the story of Anthony Bravo Esparza.

Anthony, on the right in the photo here, is a skilled barber in West Los Angeles. But he’s also a military veteran and, every week, he sets up shop in a van outside at the local VA hospital, giving away his services for free.

In this StoryCorps interview, Anthony talks with his fellow vet and friend Paul Crowley about “the power of a haircut.”

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