“What we’re trying to do is get a whole bunch of community leaders in one room and let’s discuss where we’re going to go in the future to help our veteran community, to help their families,” said Peter Hillard, Big Brothers Big Sisters spokesman.
Earlier this year Big Brothers Big Sisters of America received a generous government grant that gave it the resources to recruit up to 1,150 military children throughout the country. Pickens, who briefly met a number of children in the program, said he was happy to see the program growing. With the grant money to get more children on board, Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes more community members across the country will step up to volunteer. About 1,800 military children, including 350 in North Texas, participate in the program.