Mililani JROTC Spends Day With Aging Tripler Vets
By CADET CAPT. BRANDEE SCHILLER, Mililani JROTC Public Affairs Officer
The Mililani Army JROTC battalion expanded its community service and outreach April 9 by visiting veterans at Tripler Army Medical Center’s Veterans Administration (VA) Center for the Aging.
“This was our second visit to the VA hospital in the past two years,” said battalion commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Skyler Robinson. “We just want to thank these men and women, and show our sincere gratitude and pay respect to these Americans who risk their lives for our freedom and protection.”
The cadets conducted room visits to talk with the veterans about their lives and service, which allowed the cadets to gain some real-life perspective.
“Their stories are so deep and personal, but are very motivating and inspirational for me,” said cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Jase Agoo. “I want to serve my country in the armed forces once I graduate from high school and do the best I can.”
As part of their visit, the cadets performed for the veterans. Members of the Cadet Singers sang inspirational songs, while cadet Capt. Martiza Segovia and her younger sister Maysa danced hula. The festivities ended with Tahitian dance by cadets Kiana Fosco, Macey and Lauralee Zuniga, and Zaesha Tam.
“I enjoyed visiting them, and I hope I am able to come back next year,” said cadet Capt. Joy Sanchez. “It literally changes your perspective on life.”