My heroes

I have spent this summer volunteering for the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I was assigned to work in the Communications Department and I had an enjoyable time assisting veterans with their technical difficulties. Volunteering has helped me interact with our nation's veterans and it has been a very eye opening journey. I have had veterans tell me so many anecdotes about their lives on the battlefield and their return home. Their stories were inspirational as they spoke of self-medicating themselves with drugs and alcohol to relieve themselves of their post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. As they spoke of overcoming their addictions, the veterans described it as a personal triumph. I feel that they are the true heroes. It is an amazing experience serving those who have served. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and is learning as much as I am.  --  from a rising Howard County high school senior