by Lisa Tome
Those at Elkton's Senior Center don't wait for the eleventh day of the eleventh month to salute veterans.
Every other Wednesday is Veterans Day.
For more than a year, the center has hosted support group meetings for veterans on alternate Wednesdays. The group is led by Julie Graham of The Vet Center in cooperation with the senior center.
"They share war stories and memories of their time in the military. Some of what they share is the sadder things," said Teresa Gordon, who coordinates programming for the senior center.
And it's not just talking.
"The benefit is that if they need assistance she will do referrals," said Gordon.
Harvey Walls served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-64. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and in Iceland.
He said participating in the Veterans Support Group is helpful.
"Julie keeps us up to date with benefits and programs. She also brings us questions to find out how people are coping. Some of what we do is educational, some of it is fun. We go on walks and everybody just talks," said Walls.
Walls said that he was able to get help due to the support group. "When I was working, I tried to get VA medical (benefits). I was making too much money. When I stopped working, now I get VA prescriptions," added Walls.
The Elkton Senior Center has a permanent Wall of Fame. Veterans who attend or who have attended the center, have their photo on the wall of a hallway. In late October, the center also held a Salute to Veterans/Military Recognition ceremony. Veterans also received four free passes annually to use for Cecil Transit.
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