Vietnam Veterans Memorial Narrative

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The average lifespan in the United States is approximately 78 years. Isn’t it crazy that one singular event that may only last 10-15 minutes can radically change that life? Many people experience these events that cause a dramatic switch in the path of their life. I had one of these life changing events at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on a trip to Washington D.C. when I was in 6th grade. It was a crisp spring day in our nation’s capital. There was a slight breeze, just enough to tousle one’s hair. On our trip we were not lucky enough to catch the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom, as we were about 2 weeks late. The nation’s capital is a place rich with history; you can’t walk a mile without seeing a place that holds a significant place in history, whether honoring a person or event. That being said, on this day our tour group ended up at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Included in our group were also 3 individuals who had all served our country, and were…show more content…
In my opinion taking this trip and hearing that story has changed my life for the better. Over the years after hearing more stories from veterans about their escapades into enemy territory, and their struggles when returning home, I have a new level of empathy for those who serve our country. In my adult life I would like to work with veterans and the VA to help ease their transition back into civilian life. Also I will work with my local congressman or woman to get legislation passed that will help veterans get a leg up especially when they are their most vulnerable. I think it is ridiculous that large portions of homeless people in our country are veterans, as they did a job that few others in the country would volunteer to do. This significant event in my life opened my eyes to the world, and will inspire me to volunteer my time to help those in need all around
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