Pacific Soldiers partner to help veterans
June 11, 2013
TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii (June 11, 2013) -- The Soldier's Creed states "I will never leave a fallen comrade." While this statement usually refers to conditions on the battlefield, it can also be applied to life back on the home front.
Ten Soldiers from 311th Signal Command (Theater) and five Soldiers from 500th Military Intelligence Brigade participated in a veterans outreach program sponsored by United States Army Pacific at Tripler Army Medical Center - Center for the Aging, June 11.
"I really wanted to come out and help the vets," said Master Sgt. Keela Smith, 311th SC(T) retention non-commissioned officer. "It was a great opportunity."
The Soldiers of the 311th teamed with the staff at Tripler to make the event a success.
The Soldiers spent the day speaking with and spending time with veterans living in the facility who don't often have the opportunity to receive visitors. They also sanded tables and varnished chairs used by veterans living in the Center for the Aging.
"It was awesome to get an opportunity to talk to veterans from different eras and different branches of the Armed Forces," said Master Sgt. Kristen Haloj, 311th SC(T) Staff Judge Advocate non-commissioned officer in charge.
The event was hosted by U.S. Army Pacific as part of Pacific Army Week, a week-long celebration of the United States Army's 238th birthday. Other events during the week included a golf scramble, softball game, and birthday commemoration.