This past weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Freedom Bash at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. The free event for all active and retired military members, and their families was headlined by musical acts Thompson Square and Easton Corbin, who even rocked an Embrace Veterans koozie and bracelet while on stage. We at Embrace Hospice were proud supporters of this event and set up a military appreciation tent for all incoming visitors. As I, Jessica, and Suzanne arrived, mother nature greeted us by opening up her skies and for almost an hour, the three of us did all we could to keep the tent from blowing away. At last the storm clouds cleared, the sun came back out, and we proceeded to get ready for the event.
From the minute the gates opened, there was a constant flow of active service members and veterans with their families. Throughout the afternoon, we were able to sign up over 25 veteran volunteers into our Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program. The veteran volunteers ranged from their first year of service to being retired for over 20 plus years. The amount of excitement these men and woman had was so encouraging. One gentleman, who bravely served this country in the United States Air Force said, “being able to speak with a veteran at the end of life would quite possibly be the most rewarding thing he could do.”
We also had the incredible honor of pinning over 100 veterans and thanking them on behalf of Embrace Hospice and the entire community for their service to this great nation. It was breath taking to witness the amount of appreciation that these retired and active soldiers had for just simply being thanked for their service. I for one don’t think I could serve in the military, but I will happily and graciously strive to help each and every veteran I can. Thank you, Suzanne and Jessica, for your guidance this weekend and for also letting me be a small part in everything you both do for our veterans. Can’t wait for the next one!
For more information or to sign up as a Veteran to Veteran Volunteer: Be A Volunteer