Giving back to those who paved the way

Honoring those who paved the way

Bossier City, LA (KSLA) - Giving back to those who paved the way. A group of active duty airmen from Barksdale have made it their mission to visit the men and women at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans home.

What started as a service project with the Warrior Network has turned into a monthly routine.

"Some day I could be in their shoes and maybe I want other people to come visit me as well, expressed A1C Zen Fulton.

“I’ve always been around the elderly,” said SSgt Charles Arnold, “(and) I have always felt a connection with them, and I know how it is to be alone at certain times.”

Three different people, united by the Air Force and a love for those who came before them. Bringing a whole new meaning to service before self. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Three different people, united by the Air Force and a love for those who came before them. Bringing a whole new meaning to service before self. (Source: KSLA News 12) (Young airmen visit veterans at NWLA Veterans Home)

Three different people, united by the Air Force and a love for those who came before them. Bringing a whole new meaning to service before self.

“It’s important to give back to the veterans, to the people who sacrificed everything for us and pave the way for future airmen, future soldiers and Marines like us,” expressed A1C Jorge Midgett.

“They broke barriers, they did amazing things,” echoed Fulton, “(and) for me, it’s something that I might have to do as well as an active duty military member.”

"They broke barriers, they did amazing things," said A1C Zen Fulton seen here greeting a veteran at the NWLA Veterans Home in Bossier City. (Source: KSLA News 12)
"They broke barriers, they did amazing things," said A1C Zen Fulton seen here greeting a veteran at the NWLA Veterans Home in Bossier City. (Source: KSLA News 12)

Whether it’s a 30 minute conversation, or a simple hello, time spent inside these walls can make a difference in your lives and theirs.

“Its reblues me,” said Midgett, “What I mean by that is it makes me feel more part of the military because the stories that they tell are so honorable and it makes me kind of want to live up to those type of expectations and those types of stories."

”I really do feel like I’m making a difference when I come here I feel like a part of the Air Force and I feel like I’m supporting every branch of the military," Fulton said, “I have a great sense of pride when I leave this place.”

Young airmen share a laugh with veterans while visiting NWLA Veterans Home in Bossier City (Source: KSLA News 12)
Young airmen share a laugh with veterans while visiting NWLA Veterans Home in Bossier City (Source: KSLA News 12)

“It gives me a sense of purpose in my job,” expressed Arnold, “Seeing those who came before us, they tell us their stories, tell us how much harder it was for them back then, it kind of makes you appreciate how the Air Force is now.”

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