I'm a writer, so I hope you'll keep that in mind and indulge me. Hold out your arm so I can twist it. What I want you to do is write your memoir. Do it for your family. Do it for your country. Don't worry about the grammar details, just do it! Someday, your family members will treasure it. As for doing it for your country, we're not famous, but we should document our path to the United States, our service to our country, our parents journey, etc.
I'm just sayin'...Janelle