Keith Nolan wants to serve his country in the military. Only one problem: because he is deaf, he doesn't qualify.
A student at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Nolan now has an ally in Dave Alexander, one of his teachers and also a veteran, the Frederick News-Post reports.
Alexander was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. He has also taught ROTC and is now in the Reserves. He went to graduate school for audiology and started working at the Maryland School for the Deaf in November. There, he met Nolan, who wants to be in the military but can’t because he’s deaf.
At first, I was like, ‘Really? I don’t know if that can work,'" Alexander told the News-Post. “I think once people stop and think about it and recognize the talents everybody can contribute, I think we can get over that."
Now Alexander is helping Nolan try to persuade the Department of Defense to create a pilot program in the Air Force.
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