Quaker House supports the GI Rights Network through two hotline counselors, Steve Woolford and Lenore Yarger. To better understand my upcoming role in supporting them, I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the annual conference of the network last weekend.
An amazing and devoted group of people make up this network. They take calls from active-duty and reserve service members throughout the world as well as members of the National Guard. They know military regulations or how to find them or who to call.
It was renewing of spirit to witness how much they care about the people who need their help. These hotline counselors are scattered across the country, working a bit in physical isolation while in a virtual community, and on a limited budget. So, seeing them gathered together in person for workshops, coordination, and planning was special in its own right.
Unfortunately, I do not have photos of everyone, even between these two pictures.
99 days until this is part of my responsibilities full time. I cannot think of anything I would rather do.
Survival skills were called upon when lighters ran out.