By Sabrina Westfall
The Washington High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) is spending time with veterans who are not able to make it out to events honoring them.
NJROTC Instructor Captain Neill May said last year on Veterans Day a presentation was given challenging attendees to remember the veterans and service men and women who could not make it out to events.
May said this sparked the idea for the Visit-A-Vet program. Through the program students will be visiting six area nursing homes to spend time with veterans who cannot make it to the events that honor them.
“Every Tuesday, we wear our uniforms to the high school,” May said, noting this is a way to honor not only veterans but all community service members including police, fire departments and other first responders.
After school on Tuesdays, the students will be traveling to the nursing and rehabilitation centers to speak with veterans and let them know they are not forgotten.
They will present the veterans with a medal of thanks and sit down to speak with them.
“Some of them are nonverbal and quite debilitated,” May noted.
Last week, the NJROTC visited Prairie Village Nursing Center. They have plans to visit Eastgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Manor, Hillside Manor, Washington Nursing Center, Legends Village and Emerald House.
“It feels good already,” May said. “We did it around Christmas and the kids really enjoyed it.”
Hometown News will bring you a video presentation of the Visit-A-Vet Program next week.