WST-East Christmas 2019
On Sunday, December 15, the Warrior Support Team (WST) East volunteers served dinners to service members and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the USO on base. The volunteers set up tables in the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Behavioral Health wards of the hospital to serve a delicious burrito dinner (from California Tortilla, which offers a military discount for the food) including fresh salad, guacamole, taco chips, and salsa, with apple cider and dessert. They used festive table decorations and brought popcorn balls, candy canes, and chocolate for the patients. Afterward, they moved to the USO building and served a similar menu for service members and their dependents, with lavish fruit and dessert buffet provided by the volunteers.
The volunteers also set up a display at the USO offering free puzzle books for adults and children, crayons, small toys, and motivational reading about coping with post-traumatic stress.
On Tuesday, December 17, WST East volunteer Susan Kristol (on behalf of Marine Parents) delivered 27 Christmas gift bags to the Family Support Coordinator at Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Mia Nam. The gift bags were designated for the single Marines undergoing medical treatment on base. The bags contained items provided by Marine Parents: 2020 MarineParents calendars, a MarineParents Christmas card with Marines challenge coin, a $25 Subway gift card, a Santa-style Christmas stocking with a phone charging bank with the MarineParents logo on it, and an assortment of snacks. The Marines who received the bags were extremely grateful for this personal holiday interaction at a time of year when being far from family can be difficult.
This fall, Marine Parents also provided three individual coffee makers to newly combat-wounded Marines who had just been discharged from the inpatient ward and had moved to Tranquility Hall, the outpatient residence on base. They had specifically requested coffee machines to keep them going as they went to their rehab programs at the hospital, and Marine Parents was proud to oblige.
This outreach program is about more than just serving dinners to service members. This is about helping service members who have suffered a setback and could use some support. The goal of the Warrior Support Team, as well as the rest of our outreach programs, is to assist Marines, veterans, and their families. If you know a service member who needs help or support, please encourage them to contact us.
God Bless and Semper Fi!