“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” First time I went I brought sodas and realized how much stuff other students put in also for the Veterans. I simply stood by the door and said my hellos and comments such as thank you for your service. I must say it felt good to know how much the Veterans appreciate the students hooking them up with a free meal once a week. After the veterans get their food which only took about 25 minutes, the students including myself cleaned up and got to try left over cake which was amazing. After we ate Dr.Soldani’s had us all take a selfie as a group to post on Instagram.
Standing by the door while the Veterans came in and out and actually talking to them helped me learn how to appreciate everything I have. Some of the stories I was told about different deployments weather it was in the U.S Army or even the Marines was very interesting to hear, and it was very heartfelt. I communicated with them in a way that made me feel comfortable and welcoming because I went to a Military alternative school, and had to do similar things that the Veterans did such as, waking up early to loud whistles, exercise daily, and learned how to march on a real national guard base for 8 months. I could not imagine the things that the veterans went through, and I am so grateful for all of them and would love to continue helping any way I can.
People must open their eyes and realize what these brave strong men went through for our country. People should start contributing in helping out the veterans so we can show our gratitude and they can feel appreciated like they deserve. By just simply helping them as much as you can would mean the world, anything helps. These men don’t expect a lot and they deserve much praise, the smiles on their faces when you show your gratitude really warms my heart. Without these men our country would not be the same and were lucky to be able to meet or even help them out.