Teen Honored For Charity Work
BY SGT. DANIEL
SCHROEDER 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Children of service members encounter challenges as a result of the military lifestyle. One teen who was suddenly thrust into this lifestyle not only overcame her challenges, but found a way to flourish.
Katelyn Brown received the 2013 Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Hawaii Military Youth of the Year last month at the state Capitol.
“I felt very honored and proud to receive this award,” said the 17-year-old volunteer. “Getting this award made me feel that I can do anything as long as I dedicate myself to accomplishing the goals I set.”
Brown lived in a small town of about 1,000 people for more than 10 years. Her way of life was turned upside down when her mother, Steffanie, an MWR employee, married Staff Sgt. Brian Walter.
Shortly after, Brown had to transition from smalltown North Carolina to military life in Hawaii. Several fears and doubts arose in her mind and she had some trouble adjusting to her new life and home.
“I started to feel that I would never get adjusted to my new life, make friends, or even fit in. I wondered ‘Is this the life I wanted?’” Brown recalled.
In an attempt to get involved with her peers, she visited the Schofield Barracks Teen Center.
Katelyn Brown was honored at the state Capitol for her community involvement. U.S. Army photo.