Daniel Hansen is a 14 year old Black Mountain Middle School student who has a heart for the military. You may have spotted him with his Warrior Foundation booth at his grandparent’s residence, on Christmas Card Lane. He has positioned himself there for the past three years, where he has committed to providing information about our local wounded warriors and how to help them get back on their feet…or prosthetic legs.

His grandfathers both served in the military during the Vietnam War, one with the Navy and the other as a combat Marine. Two of his great grandfathers were Army Air Corps pilots in WWII, another great grandfather was a Merchant Marine and his uncle is currently a Cobra pilot for the Marine Corps. All of Daniels family members returned without physical injuries. Because of this, Daniel wanted to find a way to help out the combat injured returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, within his community.

Daniel made a goal of raising $2,000 a year for each year in middle school to help the wounded warriors. In 2010 he reached his first goal and donated $2,000 to The Wounded Warrior Project. During 2011 Daniel raised another $2,000 and donated it to the locally based Warrior Foundation. Daniel has spent another season selling bracelets, t-shirts, and hats on Christmas Card Lane and has reached his last $2,000 goal.

Daniel has reached the rank of Corporal as a San Diego Young Marine. He volunteers with The Warrior Foundation as often as his schedule allows and plans on attending the United States Naval Academy before joining the Marine Corps. He is a young pillar in the community and wonderful product of Rancho Peñasquitos.