Perhaps Kylo Ren isn’t as bad of a guy as we thought. Perhaps he’s gotten in touch with his softer side?
Star Wars actor Adam Driver — in partnership with Budweiser and Folds of Honor — traveled to Pennsylvania to give a college scholarship to Hayley Grace Williams, a 21-year-old nursing student. Hayley’s father, John Williams, was severely injured during a training exercise right before Operation Desert Storm. Folds of Honor is a foundation that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of disabled and deceased veterans.
The video shows Hayley Williams reading her application letter. She explains the extent of her father’s injuries. The wounds he sustained required him to have steel rods and six screws to stabilize his spine. In the video, he stated that the pain makes it difficult for him to perform his duties as a bus driver. She also discussed the guilt her father feels because he was unable to follow his fellow soldiers to Operation Desert Storm.
When delivering the good news, Driver said, “Folds of Honor reached out to me and they told me to let you know that you got the scholarship. He told Mr. Williams that he was also injured before he was able to be deployed. Mr. Williams said, “You’re probably the first person that ever said ‘I understand’ that truly understood.”
It was at that time that Driver informed the family that Hayley would receive the scholarship. He told them that not only would Hayley get the scholarship, but Budweiser will also cover her school expenses for the rest of the next year. The family broke down and shared a group hug with the actor.
Before Adam Driver decided to become an actor, he had enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17. He was scheduled to serve in Iraq, but was stopped by an injury. The rest of his platoon ended up being deployed. Later, the actor founded a non-profit organization named Arts In The Armed Forces. The organization gives high-quality theatrical performances to service members all over the world. Using theater-trained actors and actresses, they provide a memorable experience for troops who are serving overseas.
This video is a powerful reminder that our veterans should not be ignored. When veterans return home from deployment, they can experience a myriad of issues. Many come home having been wounded in combat — which can have a debilitating impact on their everyday lives. There are also service members who deal with psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. In many cases, our soldiers are not able to get the help they need to make sure they are able to live normal, healthy lives.
Organizations like Folds of Honor and Arts In The Armed Forces show members of our armed services that they are valued and respected. Folds of Honor, in particular, helps the families of veterans who are having financial troubles. It is a well-known fact that our government does not provide the type of care our troops deserve, so it’s nice to know that private organizations are working to fill the needs that have been neglected by the government.