Mililani JROTC visits veterans at Tripler

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Mililani JROTC poses for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Cadet Capt. Iris Corrales Mililani Public Affairs Officer)

The Mililani JROTC poses for a photo. (Photo courtesy of Cadet Capt. Iris Corrales Mililani Public Affairs Officer)

Story and photos courtesy of Cadet Capt. Iris Corrales
Mililani Public Affairs Officer

The Mililani Trojan Battalion expanded their arms to help the Veterans Affair Medical Center for the Aging, April 17.

In this service-learning project, the cadets gave thanks to their veterans and performed a talent show.

“We definitely wanted to go beyond our normal service-learning project,” said Service Learning Coordinator Cadet (C) 1st Lt. Darius Usborne. “We wanted to make a larger impact to those around us, so we thought about a veteran-based project.”

Preparation for this Service Learning Project started months in advance. The battalion planned this project in the classroom starting with a flow chart.

“In class, we created a timeline through a flow chart,” said C/1st Lt. Lucy Grace. “This flow chart was a valuable tool; it kept us on track and covered the entire process of our project, so we’re not going in unprepared.”

A week prior to the project visit, Veteran Affairs Therapist Terry Luke spoke to the class to give it a feel as to what was to be expected.

“After Ms. Luke’s lecture, I knew what was to be expected, and during the visit, there were no surprises. She prepared us well,” said C/1st Lt. Sarah Owen.

Luke’s briefing included explanations about the several different conditions of the patients that reside in their center and ways to keep them well.

Incentives for this project included various items.

“We wanted to remind the veterans of their importance to the community. Their work deserves to continually be recognized,” said Battalion Commander C/Lt. Col. Natasha Parowski.

To thank the veterans, the cadets were asked to individually and personally  make thank you cards. Along with there cards were handmade lei and Army wristbands.

“I think it’s important for the veterans to interact with those outside of their care home, and having the opportunity to visit these veterans was truly an honor and inspiring,” said Parowski.

After talking stories to the veterans, the Trojan Battalion wrapped up a few of their cadets and performed a talent show during the lunch period. These cadets included singer, C/Capt. Joy Sanchez (10); hula dancer, C/1st Lt. Martiza Segovia (11); and cellist, Cadet Ryan Williams.

“It was really an honor to perform, because just being able to see these veterans smile … and some even started dancing along … was such an amazing site, and I hope I’d be able to do it again next year.” said C/Capt. Joy Sanchez.

The JROTC teams hopes for the opportunity to not only visit the veterans again, but also give back in more ways than one.

“We want the veterans to feel like their home,” said Parowski.

As an incoming project, the battalion hopes to give back with painted pots and create a garden.

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