“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
For my extra credit service project, I made some food for an Italian themed dinner and brought it over to Veteran’s Village, which is a transitional housing for homeless veterans to help them get back on their feet. I chose this quote because I thought it fit rather well with this project. I did have conversations with some of the veterans, and I did bring them food, but I feel as if they won’t remember that specifics of that. They just might remember feeling happy and warm in a time where they might not have been feeling like themselves. I know how hard it is for veterans to go back to their normal lives and even find a job after being deployed and doing time overseas. I really appreciated how this program not only was a safe haven for veterans, but also helped them get back on their feet and independent as well as put them in a social setting to adjust back to societal ways.
Many of my family members are retired members of military service or have worked on the military alongside soldiers. My **** does have PTSD, but he was lucky enough to have a family to fall back on and support him emotionally to go back into the workforce and social world. Knowing that not everyone has this luck, I wanted to help these veterans any way that I could. A core value to me is altruism, so this was a no-brainer. I’m hoping that this dinner could’ve at least brighten up their day a little bit and maybe even inspire them to do the same for veterans when they get back on their feet.