AMH2020 student* “When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.”
- Jens Stoltenberg
I am in Army ROTC at FSU so I decided that since I will become an officer in about 3 years, I will do something that has to do with veterans. What better veterans to help than homeless veterans? I chose to help homeless veterans because those could possibly be my future soldiers someday, living on the streets. I would hate for soldiers that I command to be living on the streets and then not even be helped by people. I want to be a leader, and one of the best ways to lead is by example, and one example is by serving those in need.
I’m going to be leading soldiers in the future and I want to teach them valuable life lessons so that hopefully none of my men or women will have the misfortune of ending up homeless. So many of our veterans have given so much to our nation’s freedom and we can not do enough to pay them back. In our current times it is sad to see how poorly soldiers are being treated by Americans who hate their own country. Every time you see a veteran, you should thank them for their service, because you never know what they had to give up serving our country and you never know how poorly they had been treated in the past.
Some veterans either retire from the military or get honorably discharged due to an injury and since the Veteran Affairs is a horrific government mess, the veterans are either not helped at all or not helped soon enough. Many of these veterans are left homeless or sometimes dead as a result of slow government service. The government and more specifically the Veteran Affairs should be more efficient and work on speeding up processes that can be critical to a veteran living or dying. Veterans should be made a priority in America because they give so much and we give so little in return.
In my American history class I was assigned to do a service project and I was excited because I actually enjoy serving. I chose to give everyday household supplies to the Tallahassee Veteran’s Village which helps homeless veterans from every branch of the military to get back on their feet in about two years. Every six months or so, new homeless veterans come to stay at the temporary housing and they can get help to get jobs and get back on their feet.
I talked to my teacher and she told me that I should get everyday household items for the new veterans that come in every six months. So I went grocery shopping and bought a bunch of stuff that will be helpful for supplying some veterans with some basic needs. Some of the things I bought were toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, shampoo, etc. These items went to the Veteran’s Village to supply the new veterans with some of their basic supplies and essentials.
My major is Exercise Physiology and I chose that major in order to become a Physician Assistant. As a Physician Assistant I can use my skills to help people in need when I do mission trips and serve people in the community. I feel like this will impact the homeless veterans in this community. Because by donating supplies to the Veteran’s Village it helps the village stay open, which helps homeless veterans in need to get the help that they need to get back on their feet. When homeless veterans are able to get jobs and support themselves, they are able to give back to the community themselves. When we help people in need, like homeless veterans, it gives us a chance to help the community as a whole.
I’ll be proud to be serving my country in the future as I become an officer, and I look forward to looking after my soldiers to see that they are prepared for the battlefield and at home when they retire. I want to be sure that my soldiers are educated and ready to become civilians so that they can get jobs and not become homeless like so many misfortunate men and women. I look forward to helping out and serving my community and country in the future!