Stephenville High School graduate Isaac Barreras, 19, started the club Honoring Our Military Everyday (H.O.M.E.) three years ago by gathering supplies and goods from students to ship overseas for deployed military personnel - and has now finished Marine Corps bootcamp after deciding to join when he was 17.
“I made the decision because it’s always what I wanted to do and enlisting a year early wasn’t a problem for me. It was a grownup decision that I made at the age of 17,” Isaac said. “Not everybody in high school does that so I wanted to set myself aside from everyone else and do something that not everybody does.”
Even though Isaac has graduated from SHS, the club he started (H.O.M.E.) is still going strong.
The dairy industry brought Isaac’s father, Manuel, to Dublin in 1989, when he then got married and had six kids. The family moved to Stephenville where the kids attended Three Way ISD until eighth grade.
“When Isaac said he was going into the Marines, we backed him up 100 percent,” Manuel said.
Isaac said he has achieved his life goal in becoming a Marine and now wants to be the best he can be.
“At boot camp they make a big deal about setting an example. Not only for junior Marines, but for people at home and everybody because everybody is watching us,” he said. “Setting an example is everything now. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s what I’m willing to do.”
Isaac is currently on his 10 days of leave and will then go off to Marine Combat Training for a month and then will attend his assigned MOS school in Oklahoma.
“After that it’s wherever the Marine Corps wants to send me and I’m excited about that. It’s going to be a lot of work but I got the majority of the hard part done, which was boot camp,” he said. “Now I just have to prove myself through further training that I deserve to be here and be a part of the Marine Corps. It will be hard, but I didn’t join to do something easy.”
Manuel is proud of Isaac and all his children.
“I’m proud of every single one of my kids. They have accomplished more than I did and I’ve always told them I want them to do better what I have done,” Manuel said. “And so far they have surpassed that and I’m super proud.”