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Vietnam veterans honor ailing child on birthday
Boy battling cancer
Bob Bursby, right, presents a birthday cake to Kenny Stewart as mother Ana Miles watches. The local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter honored the boy Monday. - photo by Julie Arrington


*Army Rangers put smile on Stewart's face.

With a birthday on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, it seems fitting that Kenny Stewart III wants to be a soldier.

The 9-year-old Dawson County boy celebrated Monday night with the Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, six days after he attended U.S. Army Ranger camp.

The veterans presented Stewart, who is battling brain cancer, with a certificate of appreciation and made him an honorary vice president.

Stewart’s mother, Ana Miles, said her son loves to watch military movies on television.

She fought tears as she explained something he shared after his last surgery.

“He said, ‘God came to me and told me that I’d be just fine either way,’” Miles said. “He said, ‘It’s just like those soldier movies. He put me at the front of the line for a reason, because he knew I could do it.’”

She thanked the group and expressed gratitude for the community’s prayers.

The veterans also gave Kenny a chapter hat, complete with sergeant stripes and pins, a Meal Ready to Eat, or MRE, gift card and a birthday cake.