As I'm traveling throughout Central Florida, I frequently speak with individuals and families and hear personal stories of financial need due to lost jobs, decreased hours at work, and rising costs for fuel, food and health care. Many are finding it difficult to manage day in and day out as a result of our nation's economic climate.
Even with so many challenges and difficulties facing families each day, there is a glimmer of hope and encouragement. Last week, I had the opportunity to work alongside many Central Floridians who are devoted to serving and inspiring others. Take for example, Andres Medina-Figueroa, a hero in our local community who served his nation with distinction during the Korean War and continues to inspire those around him. After 58 years, I had the privilege of presenting Andres Medina-Figueroa with his Purple Heart medal at a ceremony in Central Florida -- it was an honor to recognize this American hero with his family present. Also, I met Dustin Santos, a young leader in our community who through countless volunteer hours has earned his Eagle Scout award.
There are also organizations like Building Homes for Heroes and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando that are dedicated to reaching out to those individuals and families in need. As our neighbors navigate through this difficult economic landscape, we must work together and make our community better and inspire greatness in each other. This is about our next generation and setting an example by leading through action. It is often easy to think only of the current crisis at hand, but through service we will be able to leave a legacy of aspiration that our children and grandchildren will inherit.
Thank you to all Central Floridians who serve in our community each and every day. Your work and dedication is something to be admired and is an example of how lives can be changed through unwavering commitment to service. To learn about volunteer opportunities and how you can help, I encourage you to call our office at 407-654-5705 or visit the Building Homes for Heroes or Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando websites for information on how you can lend a hand.
Member of Congress