Welcome to The Globe’s SLCC Talks, a weekly feature where The Globe asks fellow students questions about SLCC issues.
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In this edition of SLCC Talks, we spoke with students about veterans and Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.
Q: “What do you think about veterans and Veterans Day?”
Greg Pearson, former SLCC instructor of music
A: “Love both of them. I happen to be a veteran of Desert Storm. I was a combat medic with the 216th Medical Ambulance Unit … and our veterans are the lifeblood of this country. It’s always nice to have people like yourself come out and show us appreciation. We all appreciate it.”
Vickie Griego, Business major
A: “Like anyone else in the country I’m really grateful to all of the veterans for their service, and I think …Veterans Day is a great way to pay tribute and remember them. But I think it would be also a good day to spread awareness about the veterans who aren’t doing so well, because not all the veterans are getting the benefits that they need. You see some people on the street. They claim to be veterans, and whether or not they are, you just wonder how well we’re actually taking care of our veterans. So, I think it’s a good thing to keep in mind.”
Nick Holt, SLCC student
A: “My grandpa was in World War II, so anyone that fights for us—wow. He was a paratrooper; he jumped out of airplanes. He passed away just a couple of years ago. I’m proud that he stood up for us, but he was traumatized by what happened. He was there for us.”
Bridgette James, Psychology major
A: “I think it’s a good day to honor them, as well as the soldiers who have passed on. It’s a good way to honor them and their efforts in keeping us safe here in America. I call my dad’s friend—my friend’s dad—and I tell him, ‘Hello, Dad, happy Veteran’s Day.’ I’ll make a post about it on Facebook: ‘Thank you for everything that you do, with protecting our country, giving up time and family just to sit there and protect us.’”
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