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Feature: Author Jerry B. Bowden on Winning Against Adversity

In Empowerment by Mary Kurek

From the streets of Brooklyn, this 16-year-old kid managed to catch the attention of a US Army recruiter who asked him his age.  When he answered that he’d turn 17 in few months, the recruiter told him to do something most abandoned kids wouldn’t do – to get permission to sign up from his mother, a mother whom he hadn’t …