J.D. Vance an unlikely success story. He’s ‘walking proof of the American Dream.’

J.D. Vance should have never been an American success story — the cards were stacked against him from the start.

He grew up in a single-parent household with his mother, who suffered from drug addiction, and was eventually raised by his grandmother. His family didn’t have much, and Middletown didn’t offer a promising future, either.