We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Baseball Hall Of Famer Trevor Hoffman is a major supporter of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Hoffman is widely acclaimed as a man and player and community member of high character. He was raised by an Iwo Jima Marine to be a sterling player, teammate, parent, supporter of good causes. On Sunday he represented the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation to present a check to the son of a Vietnam Marine, my son. I credit much of my sons' successes and character to also being raised in the Marine Corps ethos of giving it all, giving it back, giving it forward, and of course intense love of country.
Hoffman was all smiles when my son, Jason, showed him this photo of he and Hoffman from 2011 Little League.
On field at Petco for a Padres game on Sunday, Trevor Hoffman presented Jason with his scholarship check.
After, several other star Padres players met Jason: Randy Jones and Tony Gwynn Jr. Hoffman, Jones, and Gwynn Jr. are all active with the Padres support organization.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation shared the best suite in the ballpark with some other military support organizations. That's Jason and Hoffman, my younger son Gavin following his big brother's footsteps, myself and my better half (much better).
If you recall, last Fall, Jason was honored -- and I brought to tears -- by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation at its annual awards banquet. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation does an outstanding job of finding children of Marines who merit help through college, and to in turn build a strong and better America. If you can, please stretch and contribute whatever you can to this worthy mission. Semper Fidelis.
Thank you for this post regarding the Marine Corps Scholarship program. It gives me hope. Reading your post made me wonder if there is a similar effort to help teachers who have been in the Marine Corps, or who are the children of Marines? When I see how bad are campuses have become I am wondering how can we help these people when they have moved past the student and are now the teacher? My gosh--it must be lonely for any military vet/teacher out there now! It would be good to find a way to support them. I doubt many former military men will get anywhere close to a tenure track position, but at least we should let the academic elite know that we are behind them.
Congratulations to Jason again.