Ss/Fy100 Vermont Veterans’ Home 4 credits
This service-learning work will take place at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington, a local landmark that has been in operation since 1884. The Home currently houses veterans from wars since World War II and serves as a nursing home for those veterans who are sick, injured, or failing. Since many of them have few family members left, visits by our students are rays of sunshine for the residents. Students will be paired with veterans at the beginning of the course and then meet with them once a week during the semester in friendly conversation. Some of the veterans will be happy to tell their life stories while others might prefer to talk about the Red Sox or the weather. What students walk away with from this interpersonal experience is a profound admiration for all that these elderly people have done in their lives, a deep appreciation for the struggles of being old, and also a sense of gratitude for the service these men and women have given to our country. Most students are deeply touched by this experience.