BRAZIL, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2015)-- Adam Jay Perkins II, 8, has a birthday request that might be a little different than wishes of other boys his age.
The Van Buren Elementary second grader is asking all of his friends to skip the presents and give a gift to veterans.
"My mom asked me if I wanted to do a charity and I said, 'Yes,'" he said. "She said, 'Do you want to do Disabled American Veterans?' I said, 'Yes, my dad's a veteran.'"
His father, Adam Jay Perkins, is a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Not only do the Perkins' share the same name, but nearly the same birthday. The father was born on September 11 and the son on September 10.
Outside of his friends and family, Adam is extending the invitation to everyone to donate to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization.
DAV is a veterans advocacy and assistance group dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
"We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America's injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life," DAV's website states.
If you'd like to help fulfill his wish, checks or money orders can be sent to: DAV, 2439 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222. Please note in the memo line on check or money order, "Adam Jay Perkins II," so that he is recognized for the donation.