President's Day: A Salute to Past Leaders and a Reminder of Many Kinds of American Heroes

As America celebrates President's Day 2012 and remembers and honors two of our country's greatest leaders who devoted themselves to service, it also seems natural to think about another kind of American hero...those who have risen above extreme personal challenges to become giving citizens in our communities.    

Over our 27 years, Kinship Center has helped many thousands of children to overcome backgrounds of abuse, neglect or abandonment, and grow to become healthy adults. Today many of these young adults are raising their own families and are serving and contributing to society in every kind of profession. The scars of their past trauma will always be there, but they have moved on with courage and determination.    

From Kinship Center's very first adopted child, who is today a veteran of three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, Kinship Center children have risen to personal greatness of all kinds. These young people serve as teachers, businessmen and women, police officers and firefighters, engineers, farmers and ranchers, community volunteers, military men and women, medical practitioners, entrepreneurs, public servants, artists and musicians, dedicated parents and contributing family members. Most are working for the betterment of their communities. And many have stepped forward to provide safe, loving adoptive families for a new generation of suffering children.

Kinship Center joins with all Americans to salute our nation's great past leaders. And we also salute our everyday heroes who are serving in ways that help make life better for all of us.

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