National Salute to Veterans Week
Posted: February 19, 2014
By: Cadet Ronnie Willis
Austin, Texas- The week of February 14 was National Salute to Veterans Week. During this week, Texas Army ROTC was able to say thank you to a special group of men and women at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. More than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program is to: pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans, increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center, encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans, and to become involved as volunteers.
Cadets within Texas Army ROTC volunteered their time and were able to show their love and support for these veterans by passing out appreciation cards, Valentine’s Day cards, and balloons. Cadets were also able to serve the veterans food, drinks, and desserts during their time at the clinic. Throughout the event, the cadets were able to become acquainted with the volunteer opportunities available through the medical center. Overall, this was an excellent opportunity for the past to share their wisdom with the future, and for Texas Army ROTC Cadets to give back to those who have proudly served our nation.