Gold Star Mother Welcomed Back Home to Hersey for First Time

Gold Star mother, Kaki Newgard, returned to Hersey for the first time since her son and former Hersey student, Will Newgard, was killed in combat serving our country. Will’s lifelong dream was always to join the military and after years of military school, he enlisted. When he went to Baghdad to serve for 6 months, during a voluntary drive to pick up his colonel, his vehicle drove over an IED and Will was killed instantly. Veterans Day always meant a lot to Tati, as her father and grandfather were both veterans, but once Will died, her perspective changed and her knowledge grew. Tati came back to Hersey to film a PSA about veterans for students. She loved the brick wall of messages that Hersey provides and loved even more how Hersey builds houses for veterans.