John Jenkins (Army)- “Memorial Day is very important to me, because most people think of it as a time to barbeque and just as a fun day- kind of like another Fourth of July. To me it’s very important, because it’s a time to remember your fallen comrades, people that gave the ultimate sacrifice- so that we could have the country we live in.”
Matthew Weaver (Army)- “Memorial Day to me is remembering my fallen brothers. Ya know, I carry them on my left arm every day and that’s kind of what it means to me. Just taking the time- taking the family, sitting down and just remembering those brothers that I served with.”
Heather Thomas (Army)-
“I went and did a lot between then [Army] and now. But you know, it’s different coming back as a full grown-up and trying to do college. You know what I mean? It’s a different experience, because most of the activities and stuff are geared toward people who are much younger, coming straight out of mom and dad’s house. So, the connectivity between you and the social aspect is very different.”
Michael Beck, 65 (Air Force) “I served during Vietnam and I served during Desert Storm. It was all active. Twenty Years straight.I was a homeless veteran up until February. That was for 18 months. I’ve been living in a room, but it’s home. It’s made a lot of difference.as far as classes are concerned. I’ve got a place I can relax and study. I’m hoping I can help in some way for individuals who are homeless. It’s a major challenge. Of all homeless individuals, 14 percent are veterans. Back in the ‘70’s it was really hard to be a member of the service. We got stuck with the tag of ‘baby killers’ because of the things going on in Vietnam.