May 27: Standing Up for Heroes

Inspired by movies like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hank Hughes grew up wanting to become a filmmaker.  His love of country, however, led him into the U.S. Army where he became a captain and a decorated platoon leader who served two tours in Afghanistan.

Now retired from the Army, Hughes is hoping to pursue his original career path, but finds it difficult.  He told ABC News, “You return home in a bit of a time machine.  Everyone else has moved on, and you’ve just arrived.”

As part of its “Standing Up for Heroes” series, which connects veterans with civilian mentors, ABC arranged for Hughes to meet one of his idols: filmmaker George Lucas.  “These guys are heroes, and we need to help them,” explained the director about his involvement with the project.

During their first meeting, Lucas offered Hughes practical advice about developing creative ideas, and invited him to meet again to review a student film he’s creating for film school.

If there’s anyone who can benefit from your professional expertise, consider reaching out.  It could benefit both your lives.

Pay…honor to whom honor is due.  (Romans 13:7)

Inspire me to use my talents to mentor others, Jesus.

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