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In the Pursuit of the American Dream: A Reprise

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A pillar of the quintessential "American Dream" is the principle of hard work and realizing the rewards of personal commitment, perseverance, and an intense desire to fulfill one's goals, whatever those may be. Another pillar of the American Dream, however, is being a part of this incredible community of entrepreneurs, doers, creators, innovators, and all of those in between who knit us all together. With this incredible reality we find in America is a moral imperative to support our fellow Americans, especially those who so selflessly serve us: our military, police officers and firefighters, and our elected representatives at all levels.

My father, Gordy McQuire, lived this moral imperative from the moment he turned eighteen years old. He spent more than twenty years in the United States Army, stationed everywhere from Germany to Egypt and Israel to Honduras, serving his country with a dedication I envy and can only hope to one day evoke in my own work. After retiring from the military, he served his community as a police officer in Bell County, Texas. Thereafter, he returned to flying helicopters as a LifeFlight pilot serving Central Texas and the Gulf Coast. At the same time, he was pursuing a PhD in criminal justice, while also teaching on related topics. In short, he was dedicated to bettering himself as a person, a Texan, and an American, while also serving his fellowman to enable him or her to become a better person, statesman, and American.

With my Dad's passing, it has become ever more apparent to me how much this kind of selfless dedication to others means in today's society. To see the impact he had on others was, and remains, overwhelming. With that, my path is clear: his legacy and his service to others must continue. This fundraising is one way I intend to do so.

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