It's something soldiers in all other American wars could only dream of--reading stories to their children from thousands of miles away. In Iraq, however, that dream is now a reality for Major Jeffrey May.
"It makes me feel like he's closer to me, and it makes me feel good," May's son James says after he and his brother and sisters read along to the children's book "Corduroy" with his dad.
It's a new military initiative called United Through Reading. Service men and women to record themselves reading to their kids and send the DVD in the mail. The program is designed to help boost the morale of service members and their children during deployment.
According to some Macon residents, Second Street could use some sprucing up.
Shameika Boatman and her mother Julia both have had it with the row of run-down houses, 3-foot tall weeds, and piles of garbage.
"Once upon a time we had everybody staying in every house, I had friends, we had the store over there...it was just an all around all right neighborhood," says Shameika.
Sadly, that's not the story anymore.
"I have a lot of good memories (here), but right now it's just a disappointment," says Julia.
Julia Boatman has lived on Second Street since 1973. She says her house is more than a home, but it doesn't always feel that way.
"People walk the streets all times of the night, doing a little bit of everything," says Julia.
Neighbors have mutual feelings.
Sophie Jackson says, "It embarrasses me because it looks terrible, it really does look terrible."
The residents on Second Street say they won't give up on their community, they just hope someone will care enough to help.
"This is my neighborhood and I love this neighborhood...I pay my taxes and I want them to do something about this," says Julia.
Macon City Councilman Tom Ellington says the Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority has already approved moving several of the house titles over to "Rebuilding Macon" to begin the revitalization process and get the neighborhood cleaned up.
Two men are dead after a deputy involved shooting in West Macon. It happened around 10:45 Thursday evening.
According to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, one man broke into a home at 4742 Brookhaven Road near Eisenhower Parkway, and shot and killed the man who lived there. Bibb County Deputies then shot and killed the man who broke into the home.
Glen Edward Moore was running naked down Brookhaven Road banging on resident's doors. According to officers, Moore kicked down the door of 75-year-old Henry Mitchum and shot and killed him.
When the deputy arrived on scene, Moore refused to put his gun down and then pointed it at the deputy, who then opened fire on Moore.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave while this is under investigation.
Tonight, members of the Macon residents and local leaders are beginning to understand that stopping youth violence starts with gaining each other's trust.
At a Unity-N-Community open forum, many different voices were heard.
Young men and women expressed their concerns with the people who put their friends and family behind bars. But tonight, it was all about bridging the gap between law enforcement and the citizens, and taking the first step toward curbing violence in the Macon community.