I just saw over the weekend the front page story in The Star-Ledger “Teen’s dedication to soldiers yields a glimpse at life of duty”, the piece highlighting High School Junior John McDonald’s creation of a GI Tickets Foundation. It has been a while since I have been so inspired by a news story. Here a young man, a high school student, hoping this will give him more credibility and value in his applications to attend a university, decides to raise funds so he can gift sports tickets to returning combat veterans. The original thought was that it would set him apart from others on his college applications, but as Mark Di Ionno’s story relates, it became something much more meaningful to him.
When you hear today that some young people feel they can get credit in life by marching on Wall Street and then sustaining a period in which there are unhealthy conditions and sometimes illegal activities, what a contrast to find here a young man who reflects an inspiring spirit of patriotism. When I was going to school, one of my close friends decided to join the Peace Corp. Maybe he didn’t get paid for it, but he was paid in the long run with an experience you could not count in money. And the same holds true of John McDonald. If I saw an array of credentials from different applicants for a job, I can tell you right now John McDonald’s inspiring and unselfish activity would stand far and above.
Read the article here.