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2LT Travis Street

Travis' mother inspires him to work hard and pursue his dreams.

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2LT Travis Street

Travis' mother inspires him to work hard and pursue his dreams.

Travis: My name is Travis Street. I am a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. I am an Army ROTC graduate.
Kay: My name is Kay Street, and I'm Travis's mom. Travis is an awesome kid; he's an awesome young man; he was raised in a single-parent home, both financially, emotionally, morally. His father was involved in his life but our lifestyles were different and our values were different. So it was challenging sometimes to make him understand that I was the authority figure and that he needed to follow my lead. This was a long hard lesson for Travis to learn. From about 3 years old, I would have to say, "Travis, I'm the boss, I'm the mommy, I'm the mommy." That got repeated a lot in my house.
Travis: I think the most influential thing for my mom was growing up the way she beat back adversity and her being a single mother with absolutely no outside help, kept her complaints to herself and would work anywhere from the age of when I was 10 from 1 to 3 jobs a day. She never really stopped and said this sucks or complained about it, because we were doing what we had to do. I think that's what has affected me the most.
Kay: He's always been the type of young man that kind of thinks out of the box–that was challenging almost to try to make teachers understand that he was very different. I miss him. He was such a huge part of my life. He was my life, he was my purpose, that's what I was here for was to raise him and when he left to go to college, I really got very lost, and probably tried to hang on a little bit too tight.
Travis My mom always instilled in me that I was going to college and that I was going to think higher, break that mind-set and not to settle. But I think my mom's proud that I'm always trying to improve and that I didn't just settle for what was given to me. I've always wanted to be in the Army. I've always wanted to be an Officer.
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