On an average morning Jacob Collins writes a paper, works on a biology lesson and emails family and friends. His afternoons are just as busy as he juggles classes and a volunteer internship at HVAF. Ask him why he does it and he’ll tell you that the veterans he has helped – and hopes to help – keep him going. Collins, a senior at Franklin College, is volunteering at HVAF twice a week for the semester sorting donations and doing whatever is most needed.
During Collins’ time as a student at the Franklin College, he realized that what meant the most to him was giving back.
“I had three uncles who served in the military as well as cousins. I remember looking at photos and hearing stories of my family members serving in the military,” says Jacob. “I have a greater appreciation and understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make and I’m really excited about helping out at HVAF,” Jacob says.
Although his internship is in the early stages, Jacob hopes to engage with the veterans during his time here. On stressful days, Jacob thinks about his family of “heroes” and the sacrifices they made for our freedoms today.
“A lot of times we, as students, don’t necessarily see the importance in believing in something greater than yourself and so the sacrifices made to make our country great should not be taken for granted,” adds Jacob.