Atlanta VA Health Care System
Soldiers Visit Veterans for the Holidays
Third Army Soldiers found it in their hearts during the holiday season to visit their counterparts at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center in Decatur, Ga., Dec. 3.
Soldiers participating in the event offered to volunteer their personal time to bring holiday joy and comfort to these citizens.
During the visit, Soldiers had the opportunity to sing carols with the residents and nurses and exchange small gifts; however, the greatest gifts were the multitude of warm and welcoming smiles that could be seen from miles away.
“This type of goodwill and selfless-service not only lifts the spirits of all those involved, it fosters an outstanding relationship within the veteran community and builds esprit de corps,” said Master Sgt. Barbara Dawson. “Today’s Soldiers are committed to their fellow veterans, and are dedicated to showing support to those veterans who have paved the way for what we are doing today. It is our responsibility to carry the torch for these servicemembers into the new generation of the 21st century military.”
The Third Army team has adopted the hospital and visits with its residents annually as a part of their community outreach program assisting servicemembers and civilian employees with getting out and allowing them to interact with the local community building and reaffirming already existing relationships.
“This particular event is important because these veterans are an instrumental part of our military history that served as the pillars supporting the foundation of what we have become today,” said Maj. Tonya Prevo, a major contributor to the day’s event. “By coordinating these opportunities, it affords servicemembers the opportunity to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to these great Americans for what they have done before us.”