I think about this a lot with my Dad, who's also a Vietnam vet, but not a triple amputee. I can account for whatever success I've had by pointing to family, community, good friends, good people etc. But sometimes you see people who may not have always had those things, and their drive just shines through.
Perhaps conservatives are right and it does not take a village to raise a child, but it certainly took a village to raise me. In that context, I always marvel at someone like Cleland. He had good parents, and people like President Carter and Obama looked out for him. But so much of his success and push seems internal. Some people, I think, are just born running.
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