Today was amazing. In remembrance of 9/11, the Buffalo Unit went to visit the veterans on the VA Medical Center where we live to thank them for their service.
We also made some really cute cards to take.
At first, I was worried. Many times when I speak to the veterans on campus, they don’t respond. I felt like they were going to be annoyed with us coming into their rooms wanting to talk. I was really nervous going in.
Fortunately, we had a 30 minute briefing on what to say, what not to say, and some background on some of the veterans.
Today ended up being one of the best days here on campus. There wasn’t one veteran who didn’t seem to enjoy having visitors. One man that really made an impact on me was a man named Ward. I talked to him for a really long time. He was a POW at age 18 in Germany. He had so many interesting stories about war, his family, and his childhood. He asked about my life and work in AmeriCorps. He also gave me some boy advice. Haha. He was very sweet. I am definitely going back to see him when we get back from this next Round.
You can tell that the veterans don’t get visitors that often. One of the men that worked there said they would love it if we came back. There was another man named Bill who was hilarious. He played his harmonica and sang songs for us. He was also searching for a girlfriend. It was pretty funny.
We were only there for two hours but for such a short amount of time I feel it made some of their days. Something as simple as thanking them for their service brightened their faces.
Even almost 8 months into this program it still amazes me that giving so little can mean so much. It makes me excited thinking about what else I can do. My future is getting clearer by the day. I definitely want to follow my passion for public service.