Jefferson College of Health Sciences works to honor and support our veterans on campus, but we're also actively working to help veterans in our community! The following is written by Amanda Ellinger, Jefferson College Sponsored Projects Coordinator, about a recent effort in Roanoke that took place on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
I had the great privilege of witnessing love in action today. This morning, veterans of all ages, from nearly every branch of service, along with the family members of active duty soldiers and other supporters, came together in a humbling act of service for an 83 year old Korean War Army Veteran. They spent their Sunday morning raking his yard, bagging leaves, sweeping steps and winterizing flower beds to pay tribute to a man who served long before them. In total, the group bagged up over 30 lawn bags filled with leaves. "Pat" was incredibly touched by this act of service and remarked that he had "never been honored like this before." This, friends, is everything that is right and good in our country. For their service yesterday, today, and in the future, I am so humbled and grateful.