Veteran Pen Pal Volunteers needed-an encouraging exchange may be a letter away

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 11:54 PM CST
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Isolation has been a major concern during the shutdowns. A high school group and a veteran’s resource are teaming up to combat that, as well as create connections between the youth and the large veteran population of Wyoming.

The Soldier’s House of Fremont County and the National Honors Society of Lander are looking for any and all Wyoming veterans. The high school students wanted to find a way to establish connections, and show veterans in the area that they are cared about and not forgotten.

Founder of the Soldier’s House of Fremont County, Charlie Wilson stated, “To have the high school kids stepping up on their own saying ‘Hey this is something we think about, we want to reach out,’ those things are really heartening.” Charlie said it’s open to all veterans, all over Wyoming, not just from Fremont County.

“We’ll work with people regardless of discharge status and we pretty regularly do. We’ll work with people from other areas,” added Wilson. Isolation is something the soldier’s house helps with quite often, and the shutdowns only compounded those feelings for many.

“What we’ve always worked with is the veteran culture maybe not feeling understood or seen by the non veteran culture, so there’s that isolation,” mentioned Wilson. The pen pal idea, coined as “Words with Warriors” by the high school students, is their hope to fight the feelings of isolation some veterans may be experiencing. They kicked off the idea on Valentine’s Day by delivering heart cookies from the Lander Bake Shop and valentines to 175 veterans.

Wilson mentioned that the students are intrigued with veterans and their stories, and hope to learn more from them, “Students were pretty interested in what it’s like to be a veteran, what they were doing, I know there were a couple of students who themselves are involved in ROTC.”

For more information on this or other veteran resources, or to become a pen pal, contact Charlie Wilson at (307) 330-4635.

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