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Nashville, TN - Sometimes just one person can make a difference. 

Monday Staff Sgt. Jordan Pritchard found his old US Marine Corps uniform. It was in the attic.

"I'm doing this because we need hope man.  We need hope." 

The shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, is a thousand miles away, but what happened there hits too close to home. So, this week Sergeant Pritchard is standing guard at Gower Elementary School. He's not getting paid. He's not even armed.  He's a volunteer. 

"If you are able and capable of doing something you have the responsibility to act."  

 He says it's his duty, and parents are appreciative. Sarah Knies has a 2nd and 3rd grader here.

"He made me feel good.  Just to know that he stood up and did something to make us all feel better today." 

Many have said thanks.

 "When parents come up to me and they're crying and thanking me for being out here. There's no job in the world that can pay me enough money to not do things for the kids and for the parents.  You know." 

Pritchard also has children here.

"My wife and I have two kids here.  Valerie, seven, she's in second grade and Colby who is six, he's in first grade." 

But he insists this is not just about them. It's about something much bigger. 

"We have to live this life for other people.  That's the only way that happiness and true peace and hope will come back to our nation is when we all come back together and love each other." 

Pritchard plans to stand guard again tomorrow (Wednesday) before school in the area lets out for the year. 

WTVF via CNN Newssource

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