Telling the veteran's story
Posted by Give an Hour Admin on December 4, 2015 1:25 PM EST
Arnie Marks, a Give an Hour volunteer shares his Veteran's Day experience. By sharing his story, we hope to inspire other volunteers to develop their own unique way of connecting with our veterans.
By Arnie Marks
Every year for the past 7 years I have organized a special event to coincide with Veteran's Day with our local 6th grade youth group at our congregation. We pull together veteran's from past conflicts and spend the morning from 9:00-12:00 sharing our stories. We each spend about a half hour with each group and we rotate so that the kids have access to all the veterans.
The theme of the day is to help our youth appreciate and value the sacrifices made by prior generations of men and women, that allow them their freedoms, good times, and their capacity to enjoy the good life. As part of the program we speak about services available to our men and women including the VA, Tricare, and the volunteer sector and the many organizations devoted to "caring for he who has borne the battle"...of course I mention Give an Hour as we speak about the invisible wounds of war.
The attached photo of our veterans include: A Navy Seal, A 2 Star General, a Navy Physician, a Navy Seabee, a double amputee Marine, and an Army Medical Service Corps Officer (me).
It is both an uplifting and inspirational experience as well as a very sobering one for our youngsters, who continually evaluate this program as the highlight of their educational year.