By Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, Veterans Home of California – Barstow
Some people shy away from having their picture taken and sharing their stories, but 30 residents at the Veterans Home in Barstow did just that for #veteransdayeveryday, a social media campaign highlighting their lives and service.Every day in November, veterans’ portraits and stories will be featured on the Home’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
The series kicked off Nov. 1 with Robert, 71, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant.
“It made me feel really good,” Robert said about the outpouring of positive comments. “A lot of people didn’t know that much about me and they said it was a good story and that I did a lot in the military.”
The campaign shines a light on the Home’s veterans in a creative and new way, said Home Administrator James Sullivan.
“It gives us the unique opportunity to focus on who these men and women are and what it meant to serve their country,” he said.
Other veterans featured in the campaign include:
“We hope that the public will join us in celebrating their lives and their commitment to a cause greater than themselves, and say thank you to those that rejected tyranny in the world and ensured our freedom,” Sullivan said.
Read more about their stories and find others on the Home’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VHCBarstow/.
All photos courtesy of JD Scoop Photography.