Haskins also credited Windstream Communications Project Manager Randy Dalrymple for assisting the veterans' garden.
Blackwell said early plans feature fruit trees and possibly turnips. Regardless of the yield, success means the war heroes feel better each day.
“A lot of the veterans are depressed, and their families don't see them as much as they should and this just gives them an outlet to make them feel productive and a part of the community again,” Blackwell said.
Barnard said the garden makes residents feel like they make a difference and aren't just stuck away.
Duran said the cadets do something different everyday to keep the community involved. Coming back to visit the expert veteran gardeners can make all the impact as well.
“Maybe some of them would choose to adopt one of the veterans here, so they could come out and help with their garden stuff. Many of the residents are in wheelchairs and can't wheel themselves, but if somebody goes up and brings them down, it's like they aren't just stuck away and forgotten,” Barnard said. “Many of them can't communicate effectively. They really respond to a smile and pat on the shoulder and just being able to get outside.”
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