2013-11-01 / Community Events

NIOC Georgia Sailors frequently visit War Veterans Nursing Home

By Seaman Robert A. Hartland
Navy Information Operations Command Georgia

A group of more than 30 Sailors from the Junior Sailors Association at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia visited the Georgia War Veterans nursing home Oct. 25in Augusta, Ga.

Sailors from the JSA make several visits a year to the nursing home for an ice cream social to help boost the veterans’ morale and hear the many stories.

“This is great chance for the veterans to leave their rooms,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer H. Spits. “Family is not always able to visit and they love to see us in our Navy Working Uniform. The NWU is new to the veterans and they take the opportunity to tell us what they wore back in the day.”

Each visit at the nursing home lasts no longer than 30-minutes, so veterans do not get too overwhelmed.

“We go around and ask what flavor each person wants with the most popular being pralines and cream,” said Spits. “This is a great opportunity to give back to those who served before us, by serving them.”

For many Sailors this was a tremendous opportunity to hear stories from veterans that fought during some of our Nations greatest wars.

“They are eager for an opportunity to talk and listening to them is a form of compassion,” said Spits. “They want to tell their life story.”

For more news from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, visit www.navy.mil/local/ niocg/.

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