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4 Thursday, June 6, 2013

Springboro Sun
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OPINION
A young Veterans story

Standing with the stars


Anthony Roebuck during his time in Afghanistan. Another Memorial Day has come and gone and with it the barbeques and family gatherings. But my wish is that you took some time out for the real meaning of the holiday, to remember those who have died in our nations service. I think back at my dad, who at the age of 20 was drafted and served in WWII in the Army Air Corp. Its hard to believe, but I always thought my father was older when he entered. But that got me thinking of todays vets, the fresh faced kids who handle grown up tasks with major responsibility, some of whom are not yet old enough to make a trip to the carryout for a beer, but can carry weapons. One of those is a young man by the name of Anthony Roebuck. He is one of four kids raised by a single mom who Anthony says, is his rock. My father was never around, Anthony said. I dont hate him, but I respect him because he taught me the most valuable lesson Ive ever learned and that was to be never like him, to always take care of your responsibilities. From him Ive learned how to be a real man. And real men join the Army. Anthony says hes always had an interest in the military, so much so that he joined the JROTC at Trotwood-Madison High School, staying with it through his senior year. Being in the JROTC opened up lots of opportunities for scholarships and the option to join the military, he said. After some what he calls a lot of talking, arguing and debating with his mom, they contacted a recruiter. I never joined for myself or the monetary benefits, I joined because I knew it was something bigger than myself, Anthony said. I felt a sense of pride and honor to serve my country. After training in the Ohio National Guard, Anthony was home for seven months, then deployed in 2011 at the ripe old age of 19. He was the youngest in his unit to Afghanistan. We spent a total of 13 months away from home, family and friends to defend this beautiful country, Anthony said. I worked with the best group of men and women anyone could ever ask. But his eyes opened quickly. Going to a different country, I saw a lot of things, Anthony said. Seeing people living without running water, reliable electricity and improper waste disposal was heart breaking. It made me value the small things we have in the U.S. Compared to their living conditions in Afghanistan, Americans are living lavish. His main job was that of a chef, but Anthony was trained and battle ready. After 13 months Anthony came home in September of 2012. I now am a combat veteran of the United States Army, home and back to National Guard Status, he stated proudly. But this young man is forever changed. I suffered a few injuries overseas and the Dayton VA is amazing, he said. The staff there has done everything possible to make sure I get the proper treatment and care for my injuries. But I feel alone, like my family and friends cant relate and dont understand what I went through. And its tough readjusting. My family and I have our ups and downs, Anthony said. They know Ive changed and am dealing with some other medical issues, but they are amazing, I love them to death. They are the best support group anyone could ask for. Currently Anthony is getting the help he needs. Yes, I have been getting counseling through the VA Medical Center, he said. They have professional and dedicated personnel whose main goal is to help and support Veterans. But could more help be provided to Anthony and others that went through the same experiences? One thing that I would like to see happen is for more support for single soldiers who have no children, he said. Theres a lot of organizations for married soldiers with children, but single soldiers have struggles as well. Anthony eventually wants to get married and settle down, but knows he has a while to heal from the experiences he witnessed as a 19 year old. He also hopes to attend college using the G.I. scholarships hes received and get that culinary arts degree. And to future soldiers he offers this, Keep your heads up and value your family, friends and love ones. We thank you Anthony and all the other veterans who served and the many that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Remember them not only on Memorial Day, but every day, because they do and did their jobs, so we can do ours here at home. God Bless the veterans. Buch ADDITIONAL: If you have or know of a culinary/restaurant job for this fine young vet, just contact me at buchtvguy@yahoo.com and Ill pass it along to Anthony. I did not realize when I was a child eating the breakfast cereal of champions that it was going to take this long before I could get my picture taken with champions. Local champions, grandchildren of good friends of ours Bob and Nan King and their children daughter, Debbie Welsh, husband Matt and daughter Teresa Brockman, husband Mike that all live here in our amazing community. Pictured on my right is Sean Welsh a fouryear letterman and captain of the 2013 undefeated Springboro Panther football team. Since the football season ended, he was a starting guard in the All-American O-D Bowl in Houston, Texas and captain of the All-Ohio South Team. He departed Panther territory last week to play football for the Big 10 Iowa Hawkeyes, but will always consider himself a very proud member of the Springboro community. On my left is Seans cousin Julie Brockman, who played four years of varsity tennis for the Panthers, qualifying for state both her junior and senior years. She was undefeated playing singles throughout her entire high school career in the GWOC Conference. Julie a twoyear member of the National Honor Society with a 4.1 grade point average graduated with honors last week. Shell be playing Division I tennis for IUPUI in Indianapolis. In addition to her athletic scholarship, she won the Plater International Studies Scholarship and a Purdue School of Science Deans Scholarship. A huge

MERGE WRIGHT By Don Wright


Times Columnist
graduation party was held at the Settlers Walk Clubhouse on May 25 honoring these young people. In a brief chat with our chief of police, Jeff Kruithoff, at a social event recently he remarked that the Class of 2013 was absolutely phenomenal. And I have heard that from many people, administrators, teachers, coaches and family. A very unique and wonderful mix of graduates this year. Congratulations to all of the Class of 2013. Lucy, my better half received that nickname many years ago, actually four decades ago in the 80s. Well known for her I Love Lucy zaniness, I finally crowned her one day Princess Lucy. Last week, she tossed another bit of fun and frivolity at me when she started screaming from the kitchen. Seems she was on her I-Pad that I gave her for her birthday back in March. Shes

a newbie on the net, educating herself on how to go from here to there. We had talked last week about trekking up to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich. Having not been there in over 40 years, we thought it might be time to see whats changed, plus visit family in the Detroit area. I was busy choreographing a wedding reception, editing music, when her screams rang out. I ran to the kitchen and she said, Oh no, the police will be here shortly, Ive really screwed up big this time.What happened, I asked.To get right to the point, instead of typing in Dearborn, I made a typo and typed in Dearporn and a porn site came up. I shut it off immediately. Will they know where Im at? How long before they come to our house? she frantically commented.I gave her the proper directions to type in for Greenfield Village and told her that porn was not illegal and no one is going to come take you away. Just be careful with your typos in the future.Y ou might end up on an FBI blotter sheet or get us banned from church, I added. Were just 19 days from Springboros first concert at North Park. Ill have complete details and a photo in my column on Thursday, June 20. Mark it on your calendar now. Tuesday June 25 from 7-9 p.m. In the meantime, come join us on Wednesday evenings at Heatherwoode for great burgers, dawgs, chicken on the grill on the deck with entertainment from 6:30-9:30. Its great fun for all. mergewright@yahoo.com

Class that can never be dismissed


His canvas has been on the hearts and minds of Springboro H.S. students for the last 13 years. His message has been one of respect and integrity. His technique has featured quiet, individual strokes, all with bright colors. With the finalization of the school year now upon us, Dr. Ron Malone has sadly ended his effective career as Springboros high school principal. His retirement had been announced several months ago. He was one of the good ones, for sure. Dr. Malones work was like a piece of art, featuring excellence and impact. It was something that can be appreciated now, in the moment. But it will carry a lingering influence in the many years to come. It will grow stronger with age. One day, a Springboro H.S. graduate will govern a state, raise a child, supervise a company or coach a team, and she will do it with an air of dignity that will invite complete cooperation. One day, another Springboro graduate will serve on a school board, sit on a city council, work in a day care or manage an intensive care unit, and he will be universally respected. They will both credit Dr. Malone for showing them how to do it. Hes the educational version of the old Smith Barney commercials. Dr. Malone garnered his commanding, respectful presence the old fashioned way he EARNED it. Dont just take my word for it. Listen to the teachers, parents and students who have By Jeff

Kirby
Special Writer worked with him over the past many years. I never hear anything negative about Dr. Malone. Of course, I admit my bias, too. I probably wouldnt believe it if I did. My experience with him has been totally positive, the way everyone who has celebrated his career in the past few weeks seem to feel likewise. He was given a tribute on the last full day of school when, just after the morning announcements, the students and teachers at the high school lined the hallways creating a gauntlet for Dr. Malone to pass through, with everyone clapping and saying thanks. You dont see that every day. He says hello to us all the time, I hear students say continuously. We love him. Teachers and parents also notice his attendance at extra-curricular events, all held hours after the final school bell rings. Track meets, band performances, basketball games and school plays. Dr. Malone went to all them, and it was noticed. Just this past week, his service and devotion to Springboro students was recognized on two occasions in a grand way. On Monday, a farewell open house was held at Campionis Pizza. For three hours,

well-wishers from Dr. Malones past and present stopped by to offer an encouraging word. And perhaps most dramatically, he was honored at last weekends commencement exercises. He had served as emcee of the event, which featured a large crowd at Wright States Nutter Center. Just as everything was winding down, Maria Kallas was brought onstage to say what so many others wanted to say. Thanks, Dr. Malone, for being such a good leader. And thanks, Dr. Malone, for being an example of velvet steel. But most importantly, Maria said, thanks for being my role model. Bingo. Dr. Malone then got more than just a nice round of applause, which is what a normal outgoing school principal would generally receive. He got a standing ovation. His final act as principal was a demonstration of what had made him so popular through the years. As each graduate took a diploma and walked back to his or her seat, Dr. Malone positioned himself at the bottom of the steps. There, he greeted every single graduate. There was a handshake. And a smile. And a word of encouragement. Moreover, Ill bet he called most of the students by their first name. Theres a word for everything I have just described: Class. For the hearts and minds for all who were led by him, he has the kind of class than can never be dismissed.

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