He just turned ten years old, but Cody Jackson has already gotten the attention of Congress and the President of the United States.
In a mid-morning ceremony in the office of 6th District Georgia Congressman Tom Price (R) Roswell, Young Cody was presented with the Presidential Gold-Level Volunteer Service Award and a personal Congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama for his work to honor our military.
The award was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The award is issued at three levels: bronze, silver and the highest – Gold.
In presenting the award on behalf of the president, Rep. Price noted that in his 8 years in the House of Representatives he has never had the opportunity to present the gold level award before. Price said that the fact that it is going to a ten year old boy demonstrates that this youngster has shown a special level of maturity and selflessness.
Young Cody began his work after asking his parents Ken and Kelly Jackson why it takes so long to go through security to get on an airplane. When they explained about 9/11 and how the military is fighting terrorism to protect Americans, Cody decided made a commitment to demonstrate to those in uniform that they are appreciated. Since beginning his mission, Cody has met with more than 12,000 arriving and department troops at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. In addition he has sent more than 1,800 pounds of goodies in so-called “Care Packages” to our troops in combat zones.
In his letter to Cody, President Obama said “Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”
Over the last several months Cody has been recognized by two area veterans’ organizations, Alpharetta., Georgia Post 201 of the American Legion and Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America in Cumming.
To learn more about Cody Jackson and to help him in his efforts go to his website at www.oneboyuso.com.
Editors: In thew photo, Young Cody is presented the award by 6th District Georgia Congressman Tom Price on behalf of President Obama.