Pennies for change
Organized by: Chris Lane
When I was growing up all I could think about was joining the military. I was in JROTC all through high school. Then one day that all came to a crashing halt. Me and somebody I thought was a friend bought a car and drove to Texas with money the had been saving up for years. I grew up very poor so I earn this money by shoveling sidewalks and driveways, I had to work at a local restaurant washing dishes, and I even had a paper route for a couple years. I had 2500 to go down to South Padre Island Texas for spring break. (I'm from Iowa) We had bought a z28 Camaro t-top. We were having such a great time down there I was indulging in the beer, the ladies, and just the salt in the air it was like heaven to me when I was 17. About day 3 in the week of staying there my friend shows up with this Ford Explorer and I asked him how he got it and he said that it was the one of the girl's in the back and that we were just going to go drive on the beach a ways and camp out there for the night. So I didn't think anything of it and we went out there had just a huge roaring fire and live like 17 year old would but then the next day when we went back into town the cops pulled us over and arrested us for stealing the car. In seeing how my family was poor we didn't have money to buy a good attorney and I got a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and they classified it as a felony and this prevents me from joining the military. I just turned 28 now and I'm realizing that if I cannot get up this money for attorney fees to get this fixed I will never get to fulfill my dream of being in the military. The reason why I'm asking for so much is 5000 would go for attorney fees and the other 15 would go to take care of my wife and kids while im in basic training. I've never felt so much shame until the day my boy asked me if the reason why I didn't join the military because I was too scared. I'm a very simple man I only had three goals for my life starting at an early age first and foremost was join the military, second was marry a great woman and start a family, and the last thing was by a big farm house in a small town or in the country. I'm now married to somebody I would consider a great woman. I have 3 kids and I live in a very nice house in a very small town. Which I grew up in a big city and I didn't realize how boring it was to live in a small town but my kids education is so much better they get a lot more one on one help and that's what I really wanted. So I'm asking if you guys can find it in your heart to help me fulfill my last goal in life.