I was fortunate to be able to attend the initial processing phase with my sister and her son, who is attending the Academy. I have been following the program’s process since it started and I was so excited to witness the warm, caring welcome of the staff and how the program works. The staff will take care of the cadets as if these young people were their own. Not only did I shed tears for my nephew, but I also shed tears silently with those parents who were emotional that day as well. My emotions were based on the fact that this program offers these kids an exciting opportunity of a lifetime and knowing what they are going to endure and going to walk away with just puts me at the top of the world. I am truly excited for these young people and envious of the staff’s rewarding efforts. Good luck Cadets!!