Just when I think that I’ve lost all hope in the new generation, I’m pleasantly surprised.
I mean, twerking, text talk (ur soooo s2pid!), and the sense of entitlement we see among teenagers nowadays, as well as the stubborn refusal to think, smoking smarties, choking games, jeans hanging below their asses, sexting, the inability to understand that social media is a public domain, car surfing, Twilight, and weirdly CONDOM SNORTING (????), one would think the next generation is doomed, and the world will end because of their incredible stupidity! After all, when you have idiot teenagers playing a game where you snort a condom through your nose, and pull it out through your throat, with the ultimate goal of NOT BLOODY DYING, you have to wonder how the hell humanity will survive.
But every once in a while, some kids restore your hope. This is one of those times.
When Jerral Hancock came home from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a paralyzed body that was burned all over, he was a hero to this Mojave Desert town that wears its military pride on its sleeve.
Soon he was being called upon to use his one remaining hand to cut ribbons and wave to people during parades. Then, after everyone had gone home, Hancock would too. That’s where he would be forgotten by all but his two young children and his parents.
That was until the students in Jamie Goodreau’s U.S. history classes learned how Hancock had once gotten stuck in his modest mobile home for half a year — “like being in prison,” he recalls — when his handicapped-accessible van broke down. Or how the hallways of his tiny house were so narrow he couldn’t get his wheelchair through most of them.
They would fix that, Goodreau’s students decided, by building Hancock a new home from the ground up. One that would be handicapped accessible. It would be their end-of-the-year project to honor veterans, something Goodreau’s classes have chosen to do every year for the past 15 years, usually raising $25,000 or $30,000 for veterans charities and a celebratory dinner.
The students have purchased property, and are planning on breaking ground on a new home next month. They got the entire community involved. They held yard sales and bake sales, and in the end, they raised $80,000. They did this as a thank you.
And it makes my have some hope for the next generation.
Thank you to all the veterans – all those who have served, continue to serve and are working now to earn the honor, as my daughter is in Marine Corps boot camp. Thank you to all of you who have made the commitment to protect this nation’s freedoms and her shores.