A Boy With Leukemia Just Became An Honorary Navy SEAL

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B.J. Correll, a 14-year-old boy who hopes to be a Navy SEAL someday, received a visit from veterans as he underwent treatment for his second battle with leukemia.


From his stay at the Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, a group of retired SEALs named Correll an honorary member of their elite team.

“He shows the character of what a SEAL would be like. He’s very strong,” Stephen Brown, a SEAL Swim Charities member told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Correll, who was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and again in May 2015, decided he wanted to be a Navy SEAL after a class project in middle school.

Through Facebook and GoFundMe pages, his mother writes often about how her son is the strongest person she knows. When the Navy SEALs offered him the honorary title, she said it took her breath away.

“He's having a hard time right now. It's amazing for him to have what he's wanted to do for his life,” she said.

The Huffington Post reported that during his many procedures, Correll carries a trio of military coins, one from the Navy Academy, one from the Air Force, and one from the Navy SEALs.

After the visit from the veteran SEALs, he now has a SEAL Trident, worn by a former SEAL in battle, who told Correll he could keep it until he earned his own.

"With everything he has fought for and everything, he would make a great SEAL, he really would," Brown said.

Watch B.J. Correll receive the honorary SEAL title below.

Navy photo by Mr. Oscar Sosa
(U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alexandria Crawford)

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The Military Family Advisory Network surveyed 15,901 adults at 160 locations around the country who are either currently living in privatized military housing, or had lived in privatized housing within the last three years. One of the report's primary takeaways can be summarized in two lines: "Most responses, 93 percent, came from residents living in housing managed by six companies. None of them had average satisfaction rates at or above neutral."

Those six companies are Lincoln Military Housing, Balfour Beatty, Hunt, Lendlease/Winn, Corvias, and Michaels.

What's behind these responses? MFAN points to the "culture of resilience" found in the military community for why military families may be downplaying the severity of their situations, or putting up with subpar conditions.

"[Military] families will try to manage grim living conditions without complaint," MFAN says in its report. "The norm of managing through challenges, no matter their severity, is deeply established in military family life."

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