DJS-TV Breaking News: Major General Singh visits Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

DJS-TV Breaking News: Major General Singh visits Maryland Department of Juvenile Services


Mr. Grant Alfred Noyes United States Army
three years. [Sound of hands clapping] Ms. Carney Alfred Noyes Six Years in counting,
United States Army Reserves. [Sound of hands clapping] Mr. Waters, Cheltenham, Vietnam
Veteran. [Sound of hands clapping] Mr Preston, BCJJC, 22 Years, United States Army Retired.
[Sound of hands clapping] Mr. Bracket, William Donald Schaefer House, I
was with the National Guard for six years
[Sound of hands clapping] My name is Mr. McMillan from the Carter Center, United States Army
7.5 Years [Sound of hands clapping]. [DJS theme music playing] Hi, I am Lisa LaPrade
from the CHAMPS program. Changing Habits and Making Progressive Strides. We are here today
to give a salute to our veterans. It’s called a CHAMPS Salute to our Veterans. We have coming
our Guest Major General Linda L. Singh from the U.S. Army. She’s going to tell her story
and she’s going to hear from our CHAMPS, answer a few questions and tell us how she became
a CHAMP herself. Hello, I am Major General Linda Singh and I am here today at the Department
of Juvenile Services, getting ready to hopefully impart some of my knowledge and experiences
with all of you out there. One of the things that I want to be able to say is that you
need to remember that things, especially in our life, everything is all about choices.
Those choices sometimes have good consequences and bad consequences and so as I share my
story with you today, I hope that you understand a little bit about my background and the choices
that I have made that’s resulted in leading me to where I am today, because I believe
that you can do the very same thing. So yes, I’m a high school drop-out, was, because its
the choices that you make, that really will help you move forward. Your past really doesn’t
define you and I tell you that and I talk about it because whatever has happened in
my past has helped to shape who I am but it did not define who I was going to become.
So I don’t let it define anything that I am going to do. I look at that and say what can
I take from that and how can I learn, how can I make a different choice? If I made a
bad choice, and let me tell you, there were times where, yes, I stole, cause I needed
to eat. Right? So if I didn’t have any money where was I suppose to get food from? You
go in, you take something you eat it, right? If I were to have gotten in trouble, I could
have very easily gotten in trouble. Whats interesting is that some of the stores they
knew that I was homeless and I think they just turned a blind eye to it and said she’s
fine. I did things that probably I should’nt be proud of. I was drinking at a very young
age at that point. Smoking. Doing all the things that probably a number of you have
done at least once or twice maybe more. Yes, you are laughing, saying I know right. You
know what I am talking about. [Sound of camera clicking] I was just saying goodbye to Major
General Linda Singh who just spoke to our kids here at the Hickey School. We had kids
from Carter Center from Schaefer House and of course kids from here at Hickey and we
also broadcast this to all of the other facilities around the state. It was a very moving experience.
Speaking to a number of our kids afterwards they indicated to me how much it meant to
them to actually have somebody of her stature not only come to address them but also to
know that she’s walked in their shoes and she’s experienced things that they have experienced.
They can really relate to her. It was a very powerful experience, very appreciative of
the Major General Singh for her time and taking the time to come out here and speak to our
family and I think it was a great afternoon. [Sound of hands clapping] [Music playing]

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