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Aaron B.
Class of '16
Newbury Park High School
Thousand Oaks, CA

The American Dream: Do You Feel that the American Dream of Home Ownership is Still Valued?

"Home.  That single word brings up so many images and emotions for millions of people around the world.  For most of us, it denotes warm and pleasant feelings of sitting around with family members laughing, talking, and sharing with each other.  Home is a safe and secure place that no matter where we are we can take comfort that there is a place we can always go back to.  A place where those who love us and care for us will be there to support and encourage."

Jonathan T.
Class of '13
Green Hope High School
Cary, NC

The Value of Home Ownership and the American Dream

All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence states these exact words, creating a revolutionary social change throughout the world and society. In that statement, it states “the pursuit of Happiness”, where one can achieve and strive for what one wants in life. These words resulted in the American Dream, an equal opportunity, where every individual has the opportunity to create a future of success and prosperity. Among the American Dream is home ownership, a symbol of success that one can independently own a home. In today’s society, that same symbol of homeownership is still valued and sought after. Homeownership provides a future goal, a stable family life, and a close community.

Alexis B.
Class of '13
McNary High School
Salem, OR

The Value of Home Ownership

"Family dinners every night, weekly family dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s with Auntie and Uncle, Thanksgiving dinners with my entire extended family and stockings hung from the staircase with lighted garland every Christmas while my sister and I waited so impatiently for Santa to come each year for Christmas.  This is what I think of when I think of 'Home'."

Trent T.
Class of '16
Pine Forest High School
Linden, NC

Home To Me

"Living in a home for more than a couple years has always been a dream, one that the military has not made possible.  Moving from state to state has been an adventure and it has been great getting to know different people and see different places but I miss the joys of childhood that many non military kids get to experience.  It would be nice to go back and visit the house I grew up in as a toddler and get a glimpse the door frame I once was measured on.  It is too hard to cut down a door frame and take it with you.  Or maybe I could go back to the house I once lived in as a young boy and play on the swing set I helped my dad erect, the one that started to wobble right before we moved for the third time."