A very inspirational story out of San Diego to start off the week…
Teenager Connor Carr “had to grow up pretty quickly at age nine.” That’s when his Dad, Kevin Carr, was first deployed, and Connor had to take on a whole new responsibility as a big brother.
“I had to be a father figure for my younger brother,” Connor added. He said his dad did the best he could and Skyped with him every night at 9:00 p.m. It still was not easy, and he broke down from time to time.
But looking out for his younger brother wasn’t enough.
When his dad was in Iraq in 2010, Connor saw a student crying during lunch. “Both his parents deployed at the same time,” Connor explained. He had to do something, so he started the Military Kids Unite club at Dana Middle School to act as a support system for military kids. He said 50 students showed up for the weekly meeting and fun, and it has since spread to other schools.
That reached a new level of support and fun last Thursday when the group went to SeaWorld for a tour, before the park even opened. Here’s the extra special wrinkle to the story — Kevin Carr (Connor’s Dad) works at the park, as do other veterans, which gave a proud father the chance to let everyone know —
“Connor’s mother and I are extremely proud of him because he wasn’t thinking about himself,” Carr said. “He was thinking about the other kids.”
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