A Man of Action Promotes Service to Country and Community

By

Jason Smedley

Purple Heart Recipient

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”
— Pearl S. Buck

This is who Jason Smedley represents — a man of service, proudly serving his country as a Marine and proudly serving his community as a civilian through the National Association of Black Men United, an organization he founded while attending the University of Central Arkansas.

Originally named Black Men United, the organization focuses on helping young black men successfully work their way through college and impact their communities by providing services. The organization provides tools and resources needed to ensure graduation. Its mission is to increase the graduation rate among black males.

For the past eleven years, the organization has served the campus community, instilling in young men the importance of giving back and being committed to excellence.

As a Marine, Smedley’s dedication to his country and his commitment to excellence have been proven through numerous military decorations, including the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among others.

Smedley enthusiastically spoke about his strong desire to live life to the fullest, serve others, inspire others to create a positive lifestyle and live their lives by example.

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