My name is Zane and I am 11 years old. I live in the Pennsylvania 3 House at the VFW National Home for Children with my brother, Zack, my sister, Kourtney and my mother, Robyn. I am in the 6th grade and I am on the school Honor Roll. I play on football, basketball and baseball teams and I also enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and building forts —- I like doing anything outdoors! My goal is to be a Marine or Navy Seal. I am blessed to live at the National Home. I feel comfortable and safe here and I have my own room and don’t have to share with my brother. My mother is working hard so someday we can buy a house of our own. There are tons of kids to play with and lots of room to ride my bike —- I like to ride on the trails. The pond by the cabin has lots of fish for me to fish for. We go on lots of fun trips with other kids and families like to the Cedar Point Amusement Park and I also like State Days, when veterans come and play with us. My great grandpa was in the army and fought in in the battle to retake the Philippine Island of Corregidor. He was a member of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team in WWII. My great uncle was in the army and served in Vietnam, and my grandpa is a marine and a member of the VFW. I am lucky to have had all three of them in my life. I wanted to be the Buddy Poppy because I wanted to show veterans that they are appreciated by kids and grown-ups for all they have done and sacrificed for our freedom. Thank you for your support. God Bless!