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Columbia VA Health Care System

 

201704-02-12

April 29, 2017

Spring Valley Drill Team steps up for Dorn during National Volunteer Week

 

Jennifer Scales
DORN VAMC Public Affairs

Dorn’s Chief of Voluntary Service, Tammy Finney, welcomed cadet members of the Spring Valley Drill Team to the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, April 26, as a part of the National Volunteer Week, which incidentally ran April 23-29.

Proving that one is never too young to volunteer and showcase talents, members of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Cadets Spring Valley High School Drill Team performed some of their award winning precision drills and routines for the staff and veterans, after which they visited the inpatient wards and the Community Living Center at Dorn.

Finney praised the team for their demonstrated proficiency as they stepped in synchronized cadence, displaying why they were winners of over 52 trophies in competitions for this school year alone.

Greenville, S.C. native and the Spring Valley High School JROTC instructor, Maj. (retired) Gregory Perry, spoke on behalf of the cadets. “The Veterans who are here and who have served show the epitome of what some of these cadets want to become and where they want to go,” Perry said. “Our 175 member cadet corps is expected to produce great leaders in the future, just the same as those who are among the ones we will visit today.”

As the cadets visited the wards, they all thanked the Veterans for their service and presented them with small gifts of appreciation for their service.

Strategic and Facility Planner for Dorn VA Medical Center, Dr. Synethia Taylor, organizer for the visit, stated her gratitude for the time and performance of the cadets. “We are so happy to have them take time out of their schedule to come out and show their support to the Veterans. Our intent is that this will be a routine quarterly event whenever school is in session, which will give our staff and Veterans a treat to look forward to.”