Today, I am remembering my father who lived through the Great Depression and suffered through one of the most brutal experiences of World War II as a POW via the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death March.
My father was part of the “Greatest Generation” that saved the world from the Nazis and empire-building Japan, then rebuilt Europe and Japan after defeating them. That generation deserves nothing but respect in my opinion.
I also know from experience what it is like to grow up without a father, as my dad passed away when I was just nine.
Sadly far too many children in America grow up without a father and I believe the breakdown of the family is responsible for many of the problems facing America today.
I hope our society will once again recognize the value of fathers in building strong families and communities and that we will do everything we can to help families to stay intact and achieve success.
Accordingly, I have spent 30 years fighting for better jobs for both men and women in our community, 7 years volunteering at the Lompoc Prison to help rebuild men’s lives, and 17 years as a youth sports coach helping to instill character and discipline in children’s lives.