tv Student Cam - Second Prize High School Central CSPAN April 11, 2019 6:49am-7:01am EDT
[inaudible] >> all this month on c-span we will feature the winners of our studentcam documentary competition. bet does it mean to american? our second prize high school central winner is matthew murrie, a 12th grader at jenks high school in jenks, oklahoma. c-span is available through cox communication. his winning entry is titled "our selfless arms". the topic of what it means to
be an american is important because my topic was sacrifice. that means military sacrifice, volunteerism, and applies to me because of my family's involvement in the military in my great-grandfather's involvement in world war i. i was surprised with what i ended up getting, i ended up getting an interview with the former tolleson mayor -- tulsa mayor. there's also the blue star mothers volunteers. wonever i found out i second prize i was waking up to go to my class in the morning. i was excited that my senior year i was able to win something. it means a lot. >> the u.s. has 1.3 million troops stationed overseas. >> we're placed on a pedestal here in the states, but where does that place us in the grand
scheme of things? >> sacrifice is a form of patriotism. >> i think sacrifice is just giving up something for another. >> sacrifice is absence of self for a greater cause or another individual. >> military runs the potential possibility of sacrifices that greatly exceed what the rest of us do. the military can sacrifice with their lives, their physical health, their mental health as well. >> the majority of my family has been blessed with not having to serve in war zones. with my cousin, uncle, and grandfather all serving peacefully. my great-grandfather was not so lucky. he was injured by a bomb in world war i and was bedridden for the majority of his life. he was barely able to walk his daughter, my grandmother, down the aisle at her wedding. he passed shortly after. similar circumstances are the driving factor in why many believe we need to act sparingly when considering the lives of those who serve our country. >> i don't think people realize what our troops are actually doing, because the war is not
necessarily on our front door knocking. it is overseas. it is in foreign countries. >> we live in a country where we tend to be very individualistic. you have to unlearn a little bit of that to be in the kind of group that we are. there are a lot of people that would sacrifice themselves for their kids, or their parents, or close family, but there are not a lot of people that would that -- that would put themselves into danger, or put themselves in the harm's way for a complete stranger. >> one of the notable characteristics of americans is sacrifice. but when we ask it of ourselves and those around us, are we always considering the justifications and consequences? >> the u.s. fire 600 cruise missiles at a rock today. $600 million worth of technology. >> in 2003 we were told that there were weapons of mass destruction. we as citizens were given a reason to trust our government. the reasoning is sound, and it is in the best interest for the safety of our country that we place soldiers in harm's way to protect the united states. >> most of the casualties and most of the men and women
involved are young people. and i think that is the casualty of that war. >> i have done three deployments. i did two in iraq and one to afghanistan. i went and fought, and i never shot at anyone that wasn't trying to shoot at me. just like a gun or a knife, we are a weapon. we have to be wielded by someone who is responsible. i never did anything unethical or immoral in that war, but maybe the decision to go to war was prefaced on not factual information. >> we really fooled ourselves into thinking we could engage in an expensive operation like that without paying the price. >> we should take a pause in our efforts to increase spending on nondefense needs and to reduce taxes. however, i will not support the amendment to create a 60 vote budget point until the president submits to congress a detailed report on the cost of our operations in iraq. >> i think there should be some financial responsibility for us if the nation is going to war. >> some folks at the time said
we will pay ourselves back with the oil we take from the iraqis. that wasn't going to happen. that didn't happen. >> it was sold one way when really the goals were something different. i don't choose that as a soldier. i sign on the dotted line that i'm going to do what my country bids me to do for x amount of years, and it is up to our politicians to do the right thing. >> 5200 troops currently in iraq, the problems are still ongoing. but people like me and you can help by sending care packages. >> we pack boxes for our deployed servicemen. we call those freedom boxes. we put socks, toilet paper, magazines, and even girl scout cookies. anything that we can find that might give a little sense of home to a service member while they are deployed. >> the thank you letters and emails are always nice. you can look around the room and see the certificates, the pictures, and the thank yous. it is nice to hear that people still enjoy getting a little box in the mail. >> it is just nice that people think about you, and you are not forgotten.
[laughter] >> i got the shampoo down. >> those people are protecting us. like these blue star mothers' children are today. >> sacrifice from our brave united states army, navy, air force, marines, and coast guard can do to protect us. it also is dependent on you. >> if you take the 7.9 billion hours americans volunteered in 2012, it is $175 billion in value. that is pretty great economic impact. >> i guarantee you, people will use your time if you give it to them. they have something for you to do. let's say that somehow, someway you came the thousands of miles from burma and land in tulsa, oklahoma. what to to bring with you? you barely made it here by the skin of your teeth. there's somebody that says come by we have really good quality clothing. why don't you try them on? if you need something for your family, come on and get something.
we will help you get started. you don't think you help that person's life? you don't think you helped their dignity so they can walk around town? what is going to happen to their children? they will be educated better. if they are educated better they will have a better chance to succeed. >> i traveled a lot in the world. everywhere i've been people care about other people. they try to help other people. but is it say -- but it is a cultural quality of volunteerism existing in the united states to a greater degree than i have found anywhere else in the world. we give and give and give. we still have more to do. so, for those of you that are thinking about it, there is plenty of opportunities out there. find you an interest and go help them. >> you can watch everyone in documentary online at studentcam.org. bush had finally had
enough. they were out of the white house and she did not need to fight her tongue anymore. -- bite her tongue anymore. she said she took offense at it. reporters were at her door asking questions about it. that was designed to give nancy reagan heartburn. reagan, that nancy don't you ever call me again. and she hung up. a" susaneek on "q and page on her biography of barbara bush, the matriarch. >> at the beginning she said, you will never see my diaries. her diaries are kept at the bush library, but not available for public view until 35 years after her death. i understood that and thought i was unlikely to see her diaries. at the end of the fifth interview she said, you can see
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