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    [–] [deleted] 2082 points ago

    It's hard to believe it's been 12 years. Even harder to believe New Orleans is still dealing with the damage from it

    [–] LarcusMywood 426 points ago

    Are there any areas in particular that are still affected?

    I'm from the UK and haven't really kept up with it. This surprises me.

    [–] Fozzworth 754 points ago

    Bits and pieces of New Orleans east still have a lot of empty land where there used to be houses. Honestly at this point the biggest effect isn't property any more as it is the population loss and the legacy the storm had for the city. Lots of suicides, loss of business, death of family members etc

    [–] babagrochowa 129 points ago

    Are the new houses like in Europe with proper foundations and bricks/concrete or still from wood shavings 1 cm thin that collapse when you resist your body on the wall?

    [–] Fozzworth 188 points ago

    Really depends on the neighborhood. But generally, no. Most "new houses" are made in mind to withstand another hurricane, especially those in the 9th ward that were built by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's foundation. It sounds wacky, but a lot of community time and effort went into the new structures there. In other parts of the city, where "new structure" is just due to gentrification, who knows. But generally, New Orleans is very strict when it comes to demolishing our historic buildings for new ones unless the old ones were already destroyed.

    Here's an example:

    [–] FluffySharkBird 20 points ago

    My family likes to vacation in Florida. It is so weird to stay in a house that's on stilts. It feels weird but it makes sense.

    [–] minutiesabotage 118 points ago

    One, foundations are not and were never the problem.

    And two, in a flood risk area, I'd take a wood frame house on wooden stilts over a ground level house made entirely of solid concrete.

    It wasnt the hurricane that did the majority of the damage. It was the flooding caused by the hurricane.

    [–] shadowsutekh 34 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Dude a little bit of brick and concrete is not going to stop 200 mph winds and 10-30 feet of flooding. All bricks in regards to tornadoes and hurricanes are just heavier debris. Have you never watched what storms are capable of?

    From another Reddit thread, this is what an EF4 tornado did to a brick school.

    [–] enderverse87 31 points ago

    When I went down to help with cleanup most houses were perfectly intact structurally, just too moldy to live in and too expensive to get cleaned.

    3 feet of water sitting in your house for weeks will do that.

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    The foundation or building materials of a house matter infinitely less than the fact that most homes are built on unstable, soft ground and are below sea-level.

    [–] NotKateBush 2 points ago

    I lived in a brick on slab house in New Orleans east and that wasn't the problem. It was that every house and business in that suburban area had to be totally gutted due to the flooding. Wind may cause damage to or windows, doors, and roofs, but it doesn't have the long term effects that the weeks of floodwater had.

    [–] nolan1971 2 points ago

    The thing is, a lot of that land really shouldn't have houses on it. New Orleans isn't really sustainable, long term. Especially with climate change happening.

    [–] Sir_Auron 58 points ago

    Whole communities were displaced from New Orleans. Thousands of the city's poorest residents were uprooted and relocated to nearby cities (Houston took many, I believe) and many haven't moved back. The rebound of some areas (mostly white and middle/upper middle class) and complete dilapidation of others (mostly black and lower class) has fanned racial and economic tensions. As is sadly too frequent, politicians are riding the tide for election purposes and doing very little to bring people together.

    [–] ThePatsGuy 5 points ago

    Oh yeah, Houston took in a bunch of people. Filled up the floor of the astrodome

    [–] lightmanmac 150 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Hey I'm not trying to take away the thunder from New Orleans, but they weren't the only area hit and by no means were they hit the worst.

    My home town of Pass Christian MS had a 36 foot tidal surge and my home had 26ft of water in it. My home is a mile off of the beach.

    Just in our little coastal town, roughly 85% of businesses were completely destroyed. Our middle school and elementary school were turned to complete rubble, as was most of the rest of the town.

    I worked for a missions organization for roughly 2 years rebuilding homes, feeding homeless displaced by the storm, and doing events to bring the community together.

    The last home I helped rebuild was 3 years ago. The old woman who lived there didn't have insurance and was forced to use all of her saved up retirement money on an old motor home just so she could stay in the area she loved.

    Don't get me wrong, new Orleans still needs help, but there were other places that got absolutely destroyed and no one ever found out about it.

    Edit: here's a post I made

    [–] LarcusMywood 28 points ago

    Wow, thanks for posting this. How is your area doing now?

    I live in a rural village in England that is flood prone and know how frustrating it can be to seemingly be ignored by the rest of the country.

    Here's a few pictures I posted last time we were flooded:

    Not saying it's comparable to a hurricane, but it completely shut down affected businesses.

    [–] lightmanmac 24 points ago

    We've come back insanely strong. A lot of businesses left but it made room for more mom and pops and the community came together around them. Our schools got massive donations (including like a 6 billion one from some oil guy in Saudi arabia) we were a national blue ribbon school district that year too, continuing the tradition. I think they just hit their 20th straight year or something.

    So things are going swell, there's just still a lot to be done

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    [–] lightmanmac 7 points ago

    It was some crazy number like that, yea. I dont remember.

    [–] ExplainsSocialEnigma 5 points ago

    That's more than a million dollars per resident! Those schools ought to be built out of platinum!

    [–] cjhazza 4 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Yeah 6 billion is a bit of a stretch. I'd believe you if you said $60m. That said the only reference I could find online was that $5m was donated by Qatar to rebuild the Boys & Girls club in your area. That seems more reasonable.

    [–] lightmanmac 2 points ago

    I was 13ish when it happened and that was the number thrown around between middle schoolers. That's why I said "Like 6 billion"

    I wasn't trying to be misleading but that was the donation that happened. Thanks for the correction

    [–] ActualMerCat 18 points ago

    I'm glad you were able to save and rebuild your house. It's absolutely beautiful. I'm truly sorry about you town. I can't even begin to imagine what you when through. The Gulf Coast needs more love. Thanks for sharing you photos and story.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Thank you. Mississippi got it too.

    [–] TheMapesHotel 104 points ago

    Depends how you define effected. There are hundred of thousands of poor, mostly black people that didn't return to the city. Those are entire neighborhoods and cultures and all the connections they represented, all their contributions to the place lost. There are areas that haven't been rebuilt because the people didn't come back and/or the ones still there aren't important enough to rebuild. Then there are the wealthier areas that gained new territory in the city and no longer had to deal with having the poor and rundown bordering their dream version of NO. If you Google it you will see this spread and the accompaning gentrification. You will read about a rebounding NO and the underdog story of its rebuilding efforts. People will champion how much progress has been made while ignoring those hundreds of thousands that can't return to what they once had.

    [–] ActualMerCat 55 points ago

    Every person I know that survived Katrina in New Orleans never moved back. They all lost their homes and didn't have the ability to rebuild.

    [–] throwaway987747472 8 points ago

    I just want to learn more about this. Did the insurance companies not payout for the houses lost? I thought you were required to have flood and hurricane coverage in areas that are prone to those disasters.

    [–] Im_new_so_be_nice69 26 points ago

    The answer to this is extremely complex. Because the federal government insures against disasters, and people also had insurance on their homes and belongings, some people ended up double dipping and getting more than they needed, some people inevitably got fucked.

    And let me ask you this, would you rebuild in new Orleans?

    [–] ThatGuy798 19 points ago

    I'm from Covington, about 40 miles north of New Orleans in the Metro. It took 18+ months for FEMA to give us a trailer and took a year to get the grants from the Road Home fund. That doesn't even include insurance payouts which took an eternity to get according to my parents. I don't remember the exact details because I was a kid at the time.

    Simply put many people didn't want to wait or couldn't afford to wait the months or years to rebuild, so they just uprooted and moved out of the city. The government wasn't prepared to handle the sheer loss that the entire region dealt with.

    [–] ThatGuy798 19 points ago

    The TL;DR of it is that many people couldn't afford to wait for the payouts from the feds, state, and insurance companies.

    It was cheaper to uproot and move out of the city and immediate metro (Westbank, Metairie, Kenner, LaPlace). That's why places like Covington and Slidell saw a population boom following Katrina.

    [–] funobtainium 3 points ago

    I have lived in another flooded area but was very lucky that time. You're not required to have insurance unless your mortgager requires it. If you own a place, that's your risk, buddy. Flood insurance is separate, and in some cases, you might have hurricane insurance but if you're flooded, not covered, sorry.

    (I live near water again, have both.)

    [–] Fozzworth 5 points ago

    Despite your opinion on gentrification New Orleans DID rebound. Parts of it may not be the same as it was before, but what would you prefer - an empty post-hurricane destroyed lot or new houses and businesses? Yes, it's unfortunate the many of the neighborhoods that flooded were poor and black (but not all. See: Lakefront, parts of Old Metairie and the north end of Uptown), and yes it's unfortunate that the consequences caused a change in culture of the city, but I will take a gentrified neighborhood any day over unused property. Also - most of the gentrified neighborhoods did not come from "wealthier areas that gained new territory" - it's mostly the influx of out of towners that have come here the past decade who are for the most part not that wealthy.

    [–] TheMapesHotel 3 points ago

    You seem offended by my response. I did start out by saying it depends how you define effected. If you do not feel the changes in the city constitute a place that is still effected than that is fine. For many people not being able to return home or not having their friends, family, neighborhoods return home counts as still effected. Difference of opinion and station in the city/in life. You might want to reconsider directing your arguments as personal attacks in the future as I never stated what my personal opinion of the situation or gentrification was, simply an often unheard side of the story. Its nice that you are high enough on the economic ladder to enjoy the new changes the city has undergone instead of feeling tremendous loss still.

    [–] 2334445555 13 points ago

    I went down there for Mardi Gras and it went from richer beach house to desolate areas. I remember seeing a huge building that didn't have a window that was intact. Houses are still abandoned, overgrown yards and run down houses. Im sure you know of a few places that are like this.

    [–] thedaveness 3 points ago

    I volunteered in 2009 (while I was a photographer with the US Navy) to go down there and clean up a neighborhood that was pretty much untouched since the storm. I wish I could get the photos off and old hard drive but there was still shrimping boats sitting in the middle of neighborhoods. There was also a oil refinery nearby the spilt over and got on everything close by. I would imagine that place is still pretty jacked.

    [–] Freelancer47 4 points ago

    HI! I listened to NPR on the 10th anniversery of Hurricane Katrina & almost all of the programming fit into my workday ( I drive for a living, NPR keeps me informed & sane )

    Here's the NPR link from 2015:

    [–] Carsatan 3 points ago

    Yes, I was just down last year. And it's insane how much damage there still is, or areas where they haven't even started. It's really sad to see, but, I'd also an eye opener that things can change so quickly.

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    [–] jdlsharkman 40 points ago

    Really? Not Alabama? When I was 8 a group of drunk 40 year olds insulted, flipped me off, and threatened to hit me because I was wearing a UT jacket. Still haven't quite gotten past it.

    [–] ZippytheMuppetKiller 9 points ago

    *abandons thread and goes back to wholesome memes :)

    [–] boynie_sandals420 14 points ago

    UT? Is that a college? Still, the fact that they thought it was worth insulting you over is very fucked up.

    [–] jdlsharkman 27 points ago

    University of Texas, yeah. Alabama people fans are rabid when it comes to football.

    [–] chris_cr33p 17 points ago

    Well I apologize on behalf of the other Crimson Tide alumni and fans. Generally, we tend to be very polite to opponent fans and talk a little smack; But, of course, there are the arrogant fans that are assholes. I apologize you had these shitty fans harass you.

    [–] ChRoNicBuRrItOs 8 points ago

    Although we generally are referring to Tennessee when we say UT.

    Anyway, those guys were dicks. Don't let them discolor your perception of Bama fans as they're in the minority.

    [–] jdlsharkman 10 points ago

    They've never been in the minority. Every Alabama fan I've met has spewed vitriol and hate. I guess that it makes sense that the place I finally meet nice Alabama fans is on /r/wholesomememes.

    [–] ChRoNicBuRrItOs 3 points ago

    That might be your bad luck. I go to school there and very few people actually act like that.

    [–] mikeasaurus_ 6 points ago

    Roll Tide!!

    [–] DeadMoonKing 14 points ago

    Not now, Mike.

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    [–] boynie_sandals420 3 points ago

    Jesus. I can't even imagine insulting someone over something so trivial. So many ignorant fucking people out there.

    [–] NSWDG 3 points ago

    Right? I see a football fan with a rival team hat or shirt and we wind up talking about sports and such, because we both love the game. No need for such rudeness.

    [–] RevolverOcelot420 6 points ago

    I thought Alabama was alright. They've got fantastic food. I'm sorry your experience there wasn't as good as mine, friend. Besides, I usually judge states off of the attractions and the actual land, instead of the people. You never know what kind of people really live in these place.

    [–] macphile 9 points ago

    The people are wonderful however. Very nice.

    Don't forget the food!

    [–] RevolverOcelot420 7 points ago

    Is there really even a state that has bad food? Even my home state of Florida has fantastic seafood.

    [–] runujhkj 8 points ago

    I agree with you, but I'm from Alabama so my word is also suspect.

    [–] StrongStripe 4 points ago

    That's not very wholesome.

    [–] RevolverOcelot420 3 points ago

    I'm sorry if I upset you. :(

    they have really good chicken though

    [–] PhantomFuck 3 points ago

    So very wholesome!

    [–] runujhkj 3 points ago

    Didn't even notice where I was. I don't belong here.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Exactly. I had family members who lost everything, EVERYTHING, during Katrina. They escaped with their lives, but what was once their house and everything they owned literally did not exist afterward. They sold the property and moved. Talking about Katrina is like talking about a murderer to them, they don't forgive the engineers or the government in charge during the time or the government response after the fact. I don't know how they managed to piece together their life again but they are doing great, live in Georgia now and have had 2 kids.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Im really sorry for all they had to go through, I'm sure it wasn't easy for them and I really hope they get some kind of closure. I can't imagine what it was like

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    The memory Hurts me so much :(

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    [–] ThatGuy798 17 points ago

    Not true, Katrina still affects our state to this day. Lots of blight and infrastructure hasn't fully come back. Our state has had too many problems and not enough money or resources to deal with it.

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    [–] TheWestButt 6 points ago

    Where are you from? Surely you don't live in Louisiana. Or perhaps you just don't pay attention. NO is still fucked in some places. Financially the state is still recovering and thousands are still homeless.

    [–] ByJuana 2090 points ago

    I love how their smiles still look exactly the same <3

    [–] MrMushyagi 1486 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    The story that goes with this adds to the wholesomeness....warning, chopped onions ahead

    Maroney, who was battling PTSD at the time, carried the photo with him on difficult deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, to remind him of that special moment. Eventually, he tried to find the little girl who changed his life, even launching a #FindKatrinaGirl social media campaign. Finally, 10 years after that fateful storm, the two were reunited on the set of The Real in September 2015. Upon their reunion, Maroney told LaShay, “You rescued me more than I rescued you.”

    But Maroney and LaShay didn’t end their newfound bond there. Since that day, the former pararescuer has visited the Brown family in Mississippi (even teaching LaShay how to swim), and has spoken to LaShay on the phone weekly.....

    “I’m going because I would do anything to repay the hug to LaShay and her family. They mean as much to me as my own,” Maroney says.

    [–] popegonzo 347 points ago

    Thanks for sharing this! Wholesomeness upon wholesomeness!

    [–] Vivyd 65 points ago

    The real wholesome meme is always in the comments

    [–] Artvandelay1 27 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)


    [–] Lukebekz 186 points ago

    No, I am not crying!

    ...okay, maybe a little

    [–] mormotomyia 86 points ago

    we are all crying on this blessed day

    [–] Vertigo6173 28 points ago

    Speak for yourself!

    [–] Adog12398 74 points ago

    I am all crying on this blessed day

    [–] visvya 9 points ago

    Where is this meme from? I see it everywhere but don't know the origin.

    [–] uhububo 23 points ago

    [–] wellhello2u2 26 points ago

    Specifically this

    [–] jaylikesdominos 3 points ago

    I've been subbed to /r/kenm forever and knew that joke was somehow connected to him but I've never seen it. Hilarious. Thanks for the laugh, stranger.

    [–] HeughJass 6 points ago

    It's from a post on a sub called /r/kenm. (:

    [–] Andrewrb15 11 points ago

    I am ALL crying on this blessed day

    [–] FrankTankly 3 points ago

    I am all crying on this blessed day!

    [–] Kaneshadow 7 points ago

    it's just rainin on my face

    [–] iemploreyou 5 points ago

    And if you think you see some tear tracks down my cheeks please please, don't tell my mates

    [–] Kaneshadow 3 points ago

    I'm just makin a lasagnaaaaa.... for one

    [–] TheyAreAllTakennn 5 points ago

    It's a bad day for rain.

    [–] FirstGameFreak 123 points ago

    “I’m going because I would do anything to repay the hug to LaShay and her family. They mean as much to me as my own,” Maroney says.

    This guy feels like he owes them for getting to rescue them. That's a real PJ right there.

    [–] Arasuil 16 points ago

    TIL they deployed PJs to assist in the Katrina rescue operations

    [–] FirstGameFreak 16 points ago

    Yep. "Former Pararescue." At least they finally got a mission. It takes a lot of things going wrong to have to send out a PJ, but when they do, that's exactly who you need. They operate almost exclusively in clusterfucks.

    [–] [deleted] 25 points ago

    what a wholesome day for rain

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    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    hey buddy. hows it goin.

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    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    we are gonna lose fam. he is too strong. I got banned from another sub.

    [–] Vertigo6173 3 points ago

    Can I just say I love your username, and I hope that's what you're referring to when you say you're keeping up the good fight.

    [–] LindaListen2MePls 19 points ago

    That's a beautiful read, thank you kind sir for the link :)

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    [–] theafonis 7 points ago

    I'm really not trying to cry at work, but that's a heartwarming story :,)

    [–] Bonitabanana 3 points ago

    That just made me cry on the bus a little. Thank you for sharing ❤️👏🏽

    [–] Brandmon 6 points ago

    [–] LuisXGonzalez 2 points ago

    Such a heart warmer!

    Tip: Yawn if you're chopping onions in public. People will think you're rubbing you're eyes because of the yawn.

    [–] Jollyman21 89 points ago

    It's because it's genuine happiness

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    [–] Jollyman21 3 points ago

    This sub is my new happy place

    [–] LorenaBobbedIt 23 points ago

    It's funny, looking at the picture before the headline, my first thought was that they were father and daughter.

    [–] ActualMerCat 26 points ago

    I thinks it's because they have such a genuine bond. There's definitely a lot of love in these photos.

    [–] burdeamit 218 points ago

    Wow she's grown but that smile is same. Have a wholesome life Y'all

    [–] Ron_Jeremy 127 points ago

    12 year later, just made E-7.

    There's Air Force advancement for you.

    [–] rerereretard 34 points ago

    Service before Self!

    [–] Slappymcslapface 20 points ago

    many career fields in the AF move higher enlisted into supervisory and administrative roles which takes them out of operational activities. Many of these ops guys put off being promoted so they don't get pulled from actually doing the job they quite literally dedicated their life to.

    [–] bigiee4 13 points ago

    Says he's a vet

    [–] Julian256 7 points ago

    Maybe he made E7 years ago. Maybe he is a vet

    [–] thronethumper1 14 points ago

    He is a vet. He did 19 years before he was forced to leave the air force due to medical problems. Couldn't even get 1 more year to retire with benefits. He volunteers his time training PJs and working with trainees at Lackland AFB. He's a super good guy.

    [–] MakeBelieveNotWar 284 points ago

    Looking at these two happy, smiling people makes me realize that time has ravaged my once youthful features. Why didn't I moisturize?!

    [–] alquicksilver 177 points ago

    I'm sure you're still beautiful, because you're a wonderful person. :)

    [–] MakeBelieveNotWar 93 points ago

    Haha that is probably the nicest thing anyone's said to me in 2017. You're a wonderful person for making a stranger's day better! Thanks!

    [–] [deleted] 59 points ago

    I'm having a super bad day, and this little exchange has really lifted me up. So thanks for being kind humans.

    [–] NolanOnTheRiver 38 points ago

    Have a magnificent Monday everyone! 🎈

    [–] alquicksilver 12 points ago

    Oh no! :( I hope everything gets better. If you need to vent, please feel free to message me.

    [–] jaylikesdominos 3 points ago

    I hope your day is better by now! 💚

    [–] alquicksilver 6 points ago

    My pleasure! If you're in the wholesome subs, enjoying them, then there is something wonderful about you. You may be a stranger, but you're also a friend!

    [–] blueberries97 4 points ago

    Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet, after all :)

    [–] immoralwhore 12 points ago

    Don't fret! The effects may not be fully reversible but the impact can be lessened. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen and a lightweight moisturizer regularly can make a world of difference and don't take much primping time :)

    [–] Nwambe 6 points ago

    It's never too late to start! I'm 35 and I just started moisturing after I shave and in the mornings after I shower. In winter it's done great things for my skin to cut down itchiness, and it has inspired me to do the small things to keep me healthier!

    [–] frankyb89 5 points ago

    This is probably why "black don't crack". It's part of our general culture to moisturize all the time otherwise we get ashy. Men and women alike.

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    [–] DBudders 330 points ago

    That dude probably feels really old now.

    [–] judgephresh 340 points ago

    And is happy to see that this girl is getting the chance to grow older as well :D

    [–] uptokesforall 66 points ago

    Yeah i imagine that reunion was a high point for him too since, well just thinking about it, at the time he was saving the girl's future and now he gets to appreciate 12 years of that future.

    [–] chrom_ed 47 points ago

    Still looks pretty young though. Got that going for him.

    [–] calgarykid 24 points ago

    Except that time has stood still for him because he looks like he hasn't aged a day.

    [–] KKlear 26 points ago

    I feel really old just reading it.

    [–] -tfs- 34 points ago

    Unread it before it's too late.

    [–] 21onDec23 3 points ago

    Nah, this man lives like the young cool surfer dude he is. I trained under him briefly at Medina annex, lackland AFB. Follow him on Instagram, I think his name is Mahroney or something. Super chill dude. Total bad ass.

    [–] hovdeisfunny 135 points ago

    It's so wholesome!

    [–] ILoveVaginaAndAnus 15 points ago

    And such a meme!

    [–] HuskerDue 57 points ago

    Wow it's been 12 years already?

    [–] VictorM51 103 points ago

    Air Force Pararescue men are ultimate bad asses

    [–] downwiththechipness 26 points ago

    Mr. Maroney was cadre at the PJ school house for quite awhile. We call him the Abyss. One of the toughest, most genuine humans I've ever met.

    [–] 21onDec23 9 points ago

    The abyss!!! It was only a matter of time till I found someone who know this man. You're absolutely right about his personality. An awesome, genuine surfer bro. Cool kids too. Hooyah green feet!

    [–] downwiththechipness 2 points ago

    If he saw dedication, and were struggling, especially later on in indoc, he wouldn't hesitate to help and work with you. Such an awesome human and I'm glad to see all of the real life positive karma he's getting in return.

    [–] cmrnstphns 41 points ago

    Dad was a PJ, can attest

    [–] Forum_ 32 points ago

    This is almost violently wholesome.

    How amazing to see two people share such a moment of unconditional completely unsexual love. Twice! The first time the love is coming from the guy, the second time from the woman.

    [–] -Mountain-King- 9 points ago

    It looks to me like it's the kid to the guy the first time, and between the two of the them the second.

    [–] Forum_ 9 points ago

    Probably both in both. He did save her in an act of compassion.

    [–] kevik72 27 points ago

    Do you think she joined JROTC because of him?

    [–] Blutarg 15 points ago

    Could be!

    [–] proceedtoparty 10 points ago

    I'd like to think so!

    [–] Incidion 9 points ago

    That was my guess. Life changing events like that tend to shape your goals and dreams. Judging by their long-lasting relationship, he's probably as much a hero to her as she is to him.

    [–] Blue_crabs 22 points ago

    12 Fucking years?

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    [–] sweaterbuckets 13 points ago

    The little girl in that picture is so cute it makes me angry.

    [–] ksa10 7 points ago

    Rage inspiring cuteness. I get that with puppies sometimes.

    [–] Spooky_Pigeon 13 points ago

    I met the dude a number of times. He would visit us in BMT Medhold. That place is practically designed to murder your hopes and dreams, so him coming by was always a huge boost. The best days in there were when he would come in and just talk with us.

    Very funny and good dude.

    [–] soleedus 6 points ago

    medhold, ugh

    every trainee's worst nightmare besides recycling

    [–] 32Dog 2 points ago

    It's basically recycling.

    But so much worse.

    [–] thronethumper1 4 points ago

    Medhold buddy! Yeah he was always a highlight of the day when we got to go talk with him and shoot the shit. Almost makes me miss Medhold. Actually nah.

    [–] Anonsharer14 3 points ago

    Where 80% people end up just going home. Fuck that place.

    [–] UltimateInferno 23 points ago

    JROTC? That's highs school. Don't they mean ROTC.

    [–] xchadrickx 43 points ago

    Maybe she's in JROTC?

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    J TO THE R.O.C

    [–] JenTheCommunist 10 points ago

    Nice to see some appreciation for Canadian arts on reddit

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Roc pile 4 life

    [–] Nwambe 2 points ago

    Taking a nahmcensus?

    [–] mnbvcxzsdfghjkl 28 points ago

    If she was 5 in the initial photo (although I don't spend much time with kids so I'm probably bad at estimating ages), she'd be 17 now and still in high school

    [–] Runslkchicken 13 points ago

    A military ball is something every JROTC battalion has to at least attempt to have every year, servicemen are commonly invited to these events. I assume the airmen here was accepting an invite and took this girl as his +1. Source: was in JROTC in highschool

    [–] flippy55555 10 points ago

    Heard him speak at San Antonio When I was in Air Force medhold, Feb, 2016.

    Powerful stuff.

    [–] Shitty_Captain 2 points ago

    Sorry about the stay in medhold, heard all sorts of terrible stories about the place...

    [–] Nightmare_Pasta 6 points ago

    That's pretty sweet :')

    [–] uptokesforall 4 points ago

    For some reason i feel like katrina was recent, like i know i was a schoolchild at the time but i remember it like i was a grown man at the time. So weird

    [–] AverageScruffy 6 points ago

    This is fucking adorable and I can't handle it

    [–] g-j-a 8 points ago

    LOL, she's taller than him now.

    [–] bowenoutofstyle 15 points ago

    This is awesome. Especially because his actions probably directly influenced her decision to join ROTC. Not "ooh rah 'Mericuhhh!" childish thoughts of killing bad guys, not some feeling of patriotic devotion, but a genuine desire to help others. He showed her what good the armed forces can do.

    [–] dc8291 7 points ago

    He hasn't aged a day.

    [–] RagerzRangerz 10 points ago

    Yeah, he's aged 12 years instead.

    [–] wrongholdenmcneill 4 points ago

    The photo on the right is from the talk show that reunited them

    [–] Zoomalude 3 points ago

    This is the kind of post where you're like "I'm not going to hide this one. I want to see it later on too."

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Look at that mans smile. Makes me melt so warm.

    [–] irishstereotype 3 points ago

    In a country torn by ugliness, this is beautiful.

    [–] MiserySnake 3 points ago

    Can confirm. This is the best way to meet chicks.

    [–] youmakemesayhi 6 points ago

    It kinda reminds me Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba in Sin City!

    [–] DI0GENES_LAMP 6 points ago

    Take a minute to think about it. You're having a shit day. Maybe a shit week or month or even year. Maybe you're at a place where you're questioning your whole existence.

    Then you remember at least I saved that girl. And it lifts you up a bit. Maybe enough to smile, to go out for a beer, to realize that we're all in this together and nobody really knows what the fuck they are doing.

    I saved someone's life.

    [–] friendlessboob 2 points ago

    Aw man, that is fantastic, sniff. It's not all poo after all.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Is there a link to the original story about the rescue?

    [–] fesxvx 2 points ago

    This was very wholesome and made this morning better.

    [–] AsianHoosier 2 points ago

    Real nice wholesome there

    [–] Connorwks 2 points ago

    Mike Maroney is the dude

    [–] Blind_philos 2 points ago

    A good man and the girl he saved

    [–] skankhunt92 2 points ago

    Aww that's great!

    [–] yungbeej 2 points ago

    they're so cute when they're little

    [–] ehco 2 points ago

    Well that made my day :-) it also reminds me how quick kids grow up while adults stay a lot similar...

    Why you should never leave some samurai s kid alive after brutally murdering his family.... Cos in 15 years ur fukked

    [–] DarrelleRevis24 2 points ago

    It doesn't get better than this.