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Posted: 1:02 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
Hometown Hero: Alpharetta 9-year-old greets, honors troops
By Bill Hendrick
One Boy USO receives Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award
ROSWELL, GA (CBS ATLANTA) – Congressman Tom Price presented Cody Jackson with the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service award Tuesday. To earn the award, a kid must complete more than 100 volunteer hours. Cody’s completed more than 600 in 2012 alone.
The fourth-grader goes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport a few times a month. He was given the nickname "One Boy USO" after making it his mission to thank troops in a number of ways.
It started when Jackson was 4 years old. That’s when he asked his parents why the wait at the airport was so long.
"I was asking about the security and they told me about 9/11 and that’s when it started. My dad said, ‘There’s a soldier over there, go thank them,’" Cody said.
Since then Cody packs care packages to send overseas. He shipped over 1,800 pounds of stuff last year alone. And, he’s greeted more than 12,000 troops, either welcoming them home or sending them off.
The award is given to those making a difference in their community, and who inspire others through their volunteer service.
"The men and women who protect us deserve our accolades every single day and Cody has clearly recognized that at a very young age," Price said.
Cody, humbled by the award, said it’s the soldiers he salutes that are the ones deserving of the award.
"They’ve done more hours than I’ve done and they’re risking their lives and they’re doing better things," Cody said.
This is the first time Price has presented a gold award in his district.
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The Kid Known as “The One Boy USO” Reaches Out to Our Brave Soldiers Abroad
There are many of us who enjoy giving – we volunteer at local events, at places of worship, we donate money to hurricane victims or others in need, and work hard to get abandoned pets good homes. We strive to do a good job, and we feel pleased to see our hard efforts help others. Then we’ve done our good deeds for the year… Right?
Not exactly! When outreach and giving becomes a way of life – or a special mission – without a “completion date” in sight, it’s a sign that you have found the generous spirit inside that God wishes for every one of us to possess! One young man, who happens to be a Bridgeway student, has found that generous spirit. Meet Cody Jackson, a very special boy whose love for giving continues to grow with each passing year, and with every person he is able to touch with his personal venture.
According to Cody’s parents:
“Since Cody was 4, he has been very aware of the close relationship between our military and the wonderful freedom we enjoy. Since explaining the events of 9/11, Cody has felt the irresistible need to show his gratitude as often as he could. During the years, he has met countless men and women in uniform, retired, and veterans. Each holds a special place in his and his family’s heart. The kindness of strangers isn’t dead, it is alive and well, you just have to shake a hero’s hand to find it.”
Cody is currently accepting donations to help send care packages to deployed troops. He is also accepting letters, drawings, or anything to cheer up our troops (to include in the packages). All money Cody collects is used to send packages to the troops serving overseas. Most of the care packages Cody puts together are between 45 and 55 pounds, cost around $100 each and range between $40 – $60 in shipping fees. There are pictures and more detailed descriptions of what Cody puts in the boxes on his Facebook page.
Cody has even made the national news, with a guest spot on the Fox News Channel and a local channel on 9/11 to showcase his outreach efforts and how he is touching others. He has also published several books to talk about some of the lesser known facts about what makes this country great. He also shares some great activities with other kids.
Vietnam vets recognize boy, 9, for efforts
Nine-year-old Cody Jackson receives his chapter cap from Cumming Vietnam Veterans President Billy Darby. (click for larger version)
CUMMING, Ga. — A Buford third-grader was recognized by the Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Dec. 3 for the youngster’s considerable work on behalf of America’s military.
In a ceremony conducted during the chapter’s regular monthly meeting, 9-year-old Cody Jackson was made an honorary member of Chapter 1030 and presented with a VVA cap by President Billy Darby.
The home-schooled boy began his regular travels to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to greet active duty military personnel as they travel to and from combat assignments in Afghanistan when he was just 4 years old. Thus far, he has met 12,000 of our men and women in uniform.
In addition, he has sent over 1,800 pounds of goods to soldiers assigned to the War on Terror.
Jackson even has a website, www.1boyuso.com, where he offers T-shirts and two books about what makes America a great country. Proceeds from the sale of the items help the young patriot to support his efforts on behalf of our military.
It all began five years ago when he asked his parents, "Why is it so hard to get on an airplane?" Ever since his parents explained as best they could about the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the sacrifices of those in the armed forces, he was committed to do all that he could. In addition, he said he hopes that his books can help his peers become more patriotic and increase their understanding of the sacrifices made by deployed troops.