Story by Pamela Glendinning
Every year, thousands of brave men and women don’t get to spend time with their loved ones on holidays because they are busy defending our great nation. From Airmen to Marines, the members of the armed forces go where they are told and do what is expected of them in their careers, oftentimes making great sacrifices to do so.
Reflecting upon this, Victor Valley College Respiratory Therapy student and Air Force veteran Meaghan Meyer said, “Our holidays are safe and warm because of the brave.”
Many letters are written and sent to soldiers, commonly gathered from churches and schools, and sent overseas to provide some holiday cheer to the ones currently serving.
But what is done for the men and women veterans who have retired from active duty? Thousands of veterans live in special homes across the country that provide assisted living.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused places like veteran homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities to limit the amount of contact their residents are allowed. So instead of family visits and traditional celebrations, veterans are isolated in order to reduce their chances of falling ill.
In hopes of spreading some much-needed holiday cheer, the Victor Valley College Associated Student Body approved funds to buy cards for the local veterans home in Barstow, which members of the Council hand-wrote special notes of thanks in.
“More people should think about writing to local veterans,” said ASB Vice President Kimberly Aguilar. “Everyone deserves to feel cared about and loved during the holiday season.”
Council members decorated envelopes and wrote meaningful messages in the holiday cards that were delivered to all 149 veterans on December 18.
ASB mentor Tim Isbell, VVC’s Instructional Media Services Coordinator, said he was thankful to be a part of the event.
“It was an absolute pleasure to deliver 150 holiday cards, each decorated by VVC students, to our local veterans at the Barstow Veteran’s Home,” Isbell said. “To be a small part of respecting and remembering those who served helped to make 2020 a better year.”
Victor Valley College is committed to caring about the community during these trying times of the coronavirus pandemic, and we hope the veterans and their families have a happy and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year.