Pushpa Basnet was shocked to learn that many children in Nepal had no choice but to live with their incarcerated parents behind bars. So Basnet who only in her 20's felt inspired to start a day care program for many of the children and opened a home in Kathmandu where dozens of them can live a more normal life. This morning, Basnet joins “Starting Point” to discuss what it was like to be chosen as the 2012 “CNN Hero of The Year."
Basnet says winning for her was “a big thing,” because she could not believe what was “happening around her.” The 29-year-old adds that now her “dream was coming to a reality.”
The top ten heroes are all awarded $50,000 and the winner receives an additional $250,000. Basnet says she wants to use her money to “make her butterfly home” because currently they “are staying in a rented place.”
Basnet says she “wants all people to know… how fortunate we all are and we should give back to society – not just in terms of money, but in terms of your time and skill.”
Marcus Lutrell was the "sole survivor" when a Navy SEAL team was ambushed in Afghanistan. That's the day three seals were killed when their rescue helicopter was downed by an RPG, killing eight more Navy SEALS and eight U.S. Army operations aviators. Less than a year later, Lutrell went back to war, this time in Iraq.
Lutrell talks about the journey in his new book "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" and joins Soledad with his dog Mr. Rigby to explain why he chose to go back to war.