One of Lynda’s favorite jobs is to hand out coffee and snacks to those at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) where potential recruits must pass a physical exam prior to enlisting.
“What we do at MEPS may seem trivial but I'm telling you it is a marvelous experience,” Lynda says of her volunteer work. “I’m able to provide a kind smile and an understanding ear.”
While working a MEPS events, Lynda recalled meeting a young woman whose physical exam revealed she had poor vision in one eye and feared the diagnosis was going to keep her from being able to enlist. Lynda told her, “Sweetie, you can get glasses, you're gonna be fine.” Not half an hour later the young woman came back to Lynda and said she passed her exam, and that it was the best day in her life.
In honor of Veterans Day, we thank Lynda for a life of service, where for decades she has served those who serve our nation — first in service to her country and now as a Red Cross volunteer.
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