One Boy USO receives Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award

One Boy USO receives Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Jan 8, 2013 5:31 p.m.
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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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