Army recruit receives surprise sendoff

January 29, 2012 3:56:31 PM PST
A young man from the Austin area received a surprise sendoff before he joins the army. Jamal Mullins leaves this week

Family, friends, veteran Jonathan Tate and State Representative Lashawn Ford wanted to offer Mullins their support and a little advice.

"I just want to thank my family really for being there with me like the backbone with me and everything," Mullins said.

"When you get in there, they're going to yell at you," Tate told Mullins. "Don't be nervous. They can't hit you. A lot of people are intimidated by them. But just pay attention, do a lot of studying. And just do what they tell you. As long as you do what they tell you, you got no problem."

Mullins' mother became teary-eyed as she spoke about how much she's going to miss her son.