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There’s No One Way to Serve
WHAT MY DAUGHTER TAUGHT ME ABOUT CIVIC DUTY
As I’ve mentioned in this newsletter before, I come from a service family. My uncles served in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force and I followed in their footsteps. My son and father-in-law joined the Marine Corps. It goes without saying that I value our service people tremendously and don’t take for granted all they do to make our country safe. Joining the armed forces is a great way to give back to America, but it’s not the only way. My daughter Austin is a great example of dedicating yourself to the greater good in a way that’s personally meaningful. Austin has always been a driven and accomplished young woman. She studied neuroscience and Mandarin at Johns Hopkins University before attending the University of Miami for medical school. She recently had her white-coat ceremony. As proud as I’ll be to see her graduate from medical school and become a doctor, I am even more impressed at how she’s taken on the responsibility of doing good in the world. While studying to become a doctor, Austin also put her expertise to use in her community. For the past several months, she’s been lobbying the politicians and legislators in Tallahassee to create a statewide needle-exchange program. After seeing the success the test programs in Miami had in getting people struggling with addiction the care and support they deserve, she wanted to see this program help as many lives as possible. Even with the pressure and workload of med school, Austin knew that she wanted to devote time to public service.
It hasn’t always been easy. These programs aren’t without their share of critics. Austin was hoping a bipartisan bill would make its way through the state legislature this year, but unfortunately it was held up at the Florida House. Despite this setback, Austin is determined to come back even stronger next year with commitments from both parties. Fighting an uphill battle can be disheartening at times, but the effort is worthwhile regardless of the outcome. When my kids were growing up, I always encouraged them to push themselves. I didn’t want them to be afraid of failure, because failing is often the greatest opportunity for growth. If you always take the path of least resistance, you’ll never find out what you’re truly capable of. This applies to every aspect of our lives, but I think it’s especially crucial when it comes to learning about the country and world we live in. I read
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal every day, and I’ve always shared articles with my family. Peppering them with dozens of articles per week may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but I believe it encourages them to seek opportunities to make a difference. We live in the greatest country in the world, but we have plenty of problems that need fixing even here. Austin’s work in Tallahassee is just the latest example of how this desire manifests itself in the real world. Before I go, I want to send a massive congratulations to the soon-to-be Dr. Austin Coye. Your drive to push yourself and your desire to leave the world a better place than you found it are inspirational to me.
Wade, Austin, and Joan Coye
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