Red Cross Heroes - Shaun Toy

(HawaiiNewsNow) - At the age of 16 Shaun Toy created his own non-profit organization called "Airsoft Warriors of Hawaii."

Shaun and his warriors hold quarterly airsoft tournaments with proceeds donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Since 2010, Airsoft Warriors of Hawaii has raised close to $40-thousand dollars.

"I really am proud as a father, but also as an officer in the military myself."

That's Shaun's father, Colonel Stanley Toy who inspired his son with stories from his time in Afghanistan.  Colonel Toy was in charge of the counter IED operations trying to eliminate enemy roadside bombs.

"I had relayed some of the stories tragic as they were of Americans who had been hit by those IED's.  I think that resonated with him."

After graduating from Moanalua high school Shaun went into the Hawaii Army National Guard and flew to Fort Benning, Georgia where he completed training as a cavalry scout. Next up for him is airborne school and after that he'd like to enroll at the University of Hawaii and join the ROTC program or possibly get into the US Military Academy at West Point.

Shaun's commitment to the troops and to his country earns him the honor of the Red Cross Military hero of the year.

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