14 Jan Just Have To Share….
For those who participated and those who have asked about the our volunteer activities in December, please take a moment to read this letter of thanks!
First, please share this message freely with the individuals and organizations who supported the out pour of generous giving for our Veterans this holiday season. I wish I could meet with each of you to deliver a hug and our sincerest gratitude. It’s important to the staff here at Raleigh Vet Center for all of you to know what a special impact your giving had on our Veterans and their families, and that it was SO much more than a luncheon and gift giving.
At the Raleigh Vet Center, also known as Readjustment Counseling and a branch of the Veterans Administration, we serve combat veterans and their family members, and people who are bereaved because someone they love died while serving. This is a very special group of people who need to know the community has not forgotten and that they are supported. That message could not have been delivered more clearly by all of the giving that you coordinated this season!
So many veterans, Vietnam veterans especially, reached out to tell us how wonderful the event was and what a sincere message of gratitude that it sent to them. This is exceptionally important to many vets who were not treated with gratitude after they returned from combat. The message received by the veteran community here was “you matter and you have value”; this is essential to the healing we hope to foster in a Vet Center and your efforts were right on the mark to help us succeed.
Some of our Veterans have a difficult time socializing and going to public venues as they readjust and return to everyday life. Encouraging them to join with their communities is part of the work that Vet Centers do. The luncheon was a PERFECT event to help in that process and a starting point for many of the participants to begin that journey back into everyday life. I told you it was more than just a luncheon!
For the veterans who were sponsored to have gifts, groceries and necessities I can only say that “overwhelmed” does not do their reactions justice. Most were moved to tears by the overabundance. Groceries, gifts for their children to open on Christmas morning, household items they needed, but could not afford, mostly the message “you are not forgotten and we don’t want you or your children to go without” was very, very clear. There were veterans sleeping on real beds, wrapping gifts for their children and cooking wholesome meals this season who would have gone without all three without you.
Other staff had these words to share:
“Thank you so much to Shawn and Shawn Schindler Events! I was taken aback by the great job you all did to help the veterans and to put on such an event. I could see some light in the veteran’s eyes that day and especially the ones that were sponsored for Christmas. It brought tears to my eyes. You all have big hearts and it is truly neat to see help in the community that supports us and what we do. Please know I am deeply grateful.”
“Thank you so much for your generosity. The lunch was extremely well received by the veterans who attended. Many came to me in the days after to tell me how great of an experience it was for them. They really felt welcomed home and appreciated for their service. “
Greg Inman, Team Leader
Suffice it to say, we were all quite overwhelmed and abundantly grateful. We truly cannot thank you enough.
Wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous New Year,
D. Jocelyn Cahall, L.C.S.W.
Raleigh Vet Center
“Keeping the Promise”