Hello my name is JC and in this essay I will be taking about my role in the veteran’s dinner and why it is so special to me. At the veteran’s village dinner my role was to fix the plate’s and greet the veteran’s. One thing that stood out to me the most was when the veteran’s said they really appreciated the time and effort we took out to make sure they had dinner to eat. I thought it was going to be a difficult task knowing I would be coming in contact with veteran’s who been in the army that lost family and friends due to war but I guess I was wrong. Serving a country could be sometimes a big task and it requires incredible courage and commitment. You never know what someone is going through at the time so I gave them the upmost respect. Knowing I helped the community gives me a good feeling at the end of the day. Knowing that some of the veterans who attending the village some were homeless, dealing with post dramatic stress. So, I made them feel like I was the family that they missed. This was my first time ever having the opportunity to help a veteran in need. It touched me to help because I have family that was active duty in the military. My big sister is currently in the U.S army 20 years old away from home and when I mentioned to her I had the opportunity to feed the veterans she immediately said it was a good idea I was taking the time out of the day to feed the veterans of my country. With My sister and brother being in the military I know that one day they will need someone to help them if they ever needed help. When you do something good to help someone else in need good comes back upon you.
Attending the veteran’s village helped me use my core values in skills in a meaningful way because you feel good when you know you helped someone in need who once fought for our country. According to www.today.com “To show just a small measure of gratitude, restaurants across the country are doing their part by offering discounts and free meal to veterans and active duty military this weekend. The way to pretty much anyone's heart is through their stomachs, after all. Fill up and enjoy, vets! Just remember to bring your military ID.” I feel like that was a good idea that dunkin donuts provided donuts but it would be even better if they had a good home cooked meal or a good put together breakfast to feel more at home.
People should find ways to contribute because you never know what people are going through and what they sacrificed just to have what they have today. You never know when you will be put in a similar predicament. Many people find themselves going down a road in life and will not know what the ending will be and some day that may be me or someone I know and I want someone to be here to comfort me as I comforted the veterans at the dinner. I feel like people who served for our country should have these privileges everywhere. As cited in www.militarybenefits.com “Active duty military personnel, veterans, retired military, military spouses and dependents get 10% off. ... A year round 10% discount up to a maximum $500 at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families.” Even though veterans get a discount in the world I feel like that’s not enough because if someone put their life on the line to fight for the country even if an event occurred to the extinct that they had to leave the military food beverages and shelter should be an everyday thing for them. Many veterans came to the dinner with kids. Another way we could contribute to them is to provide daycares and pay for the school tuition. If a veteran is trying to get their life together to have more than what they lost why not start with their own family counselor and mentor. Another reason contribute is to become part of a team, even the greatest individuals only can complete so much on their own. More can be completed by a team which demands for each individual to contribute towards a common goal. We as humans want to contribute to things and feel good about helping and these type of events fulfill this need and desire within us. Some people may also want to take up careers in this type of field so for them getting their feet wet is an important step in understanding how they are going to approach their careers moving forward. Early contribution also get people in the habit of serving others and strengthening the will to contribute to an effort which is also important, this give people a certain drive to do things and not become so halfhearted on their initiatives. Having this focus allows people to understand what they are contributing to and how they are going to contribute to the cause or causes they desire to contribute towards.
In the war there are no unwounded soldiers. Some leave wounded mentally some wounded physically. A soldier may be at war for two years then may appear home unhurt but may later on develop post dramatic stress disorder serving in the military. All American soldiers take on a big sacrifice to defend our country and should always be remembered well for their time and effort. I feel that the veterans dinner should always go on and never end because being called to war I could only imagine the scarce they were a part of.
Conclusion, in this essay I talked about my experience at the veteran’s dinner and how it made an impact on me and gave me a different outlook on many situations. No soldier know the time day or hour they will be preparing for war and I feel that they should have the most comfort. One way we can show our dedication to the soldiers is sending them gift cards letting them know we really appreciate the time and effort they take on when defending our country. I am proud to say that I have helped serve in my community helping the ones who were once far away out of state defending AMERICA!! J I really enjoyed working with the veterans and would definitely do this again their company was well appreciated and serving them was an honor for me. I’m glad Dr. Soldani has this event going and I can see how her effort really sparks the movement and how she gets people from all walks of life to participate together. See you at the next veteran’s village