Lessons in the Dear Young American series focus upon powerful advice from Recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award for valor. Part of the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, this series offers shorter lessons designed specifically for Advisory, Leadership, Social-Emotional, or Guidance classes that may not have time to complete full class-length lessons. The Dear Young American video series from MilitaryTimes provides specific advice to students and allows opportunities for students to reflect on the values of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism.
These lessons progress in complexity and can be modified based on grade level or ability. Each lesson in this series is designed to last approximately 20-30 minutes, and each lesson builds upon the previous lesson’s concepts.
Gary Littrell: Look in the Mirror
Brian Thacker: You Have to Keep Going
Harvey “Barney” Barnum, Jr.: Raise Your Hand
Ronald Shurer, II: Find a Way to Serve
Jay Vargas: Do the Best You Can
Robert Modrzejewski: Make a Different Decision
Woody Williams: Your Name Is the Most Precious Possession You Have
Florent Groberg: Have a Conversation
Gary Beikirch: You Have to Decide
"Circumstances change your life. All of us have circumstances that happen in our lives that we have absolutely no control of. It’s what we do as a result of that circumstance that is the most important thing.”Hershel "Woody" Williams, Medal of Honor Recipient