Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Few Good Men may be a title of a movie starring Tom Cruise from the early 1990s, but Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia is also looking for some good men.
One of those who volunteered is Kenny Parks he is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, a 4-time veteran of Iraq, a father of two, and a big brother to 9-year old Tyus.
According to Tyus, "He always takes care of me when, I need something to do or anything."
Tyus' father is currently deployed overseas and according to Heidi Johnson of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, Kenny is a prefect example of what their organization is looking for.
Johnson said, "Many Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country have more male children waiting for mentors, so in order to get those kids matched sooner, we are looking for men to step up and volunteer as big brothers."
Parks was one of those to answer the call, thanks in part to his own military family experience.
Parks said, "By being a military brat my father was gone a lot, so I understand what it is meant to have my father deployed, Korea, Germany, so forth, so I never had somebody to play with besides my younger brothers."
Now the recently retired veteran spends his extra time playing basketball and mentoring the Rice Creek Elementary School student.
According to Parks, "It is a great program and the things we do together and the fun we have, I tell you, it is very enriching."
And with the amount of male children waiting for mentors just like Tyus, Johnson knows there are many more opportunities to be a big brother.
Johnson said, "Come on out and make a difference in a child and impact our community."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia did recently get some funding specifically for children of active duty military men and women.
Even if you are not a man or in the military, they are always looking for volunteers to serve the children