YVVA Connects with Our Country’s Veterans

On Thursday, May 9, three members of the YVVA (Youth Volunteers for Veterans Affairs) Service Learning group traveled to Truth or Consequences with Bosque’s Service Learning Director Ms. Anna Rutins to volunteer at the Annual Family BBQ Picnic hosted by the New Mexico State Veterans Home.

During Project SERVE held on April 5, the group also made fleece blankets in preparation for this occasion. The three students—Savanna ’20, Hannelore ’21, and Kate ’21—had the amazing opportunity to deliver them to veterans at the picnic; they also helped with the picnic by setting-up; serving the veterans and their families, as well as the staff; and cleaning-up afterward. They were able to make a face-to-face connection with many wonderful veterans and hear many amazing stories about their service to our country.  

“Overall, it was a fun-filled day with many connections made and smiles everywhere,” said Kate. “I’m really happy I got to go and meet new people; even though I was nervous at first, it turned out to be so much fun and I’m grateful for the experience.”

The students also met the Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales and were able to tell him about Bosque School’s Service Learning program. Judy Griego, Cabinet Secretary for the NM Veterans Services Department also made time to chat with the students.