JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Located on 40 acres in east Jennings, The Southwest Louisiana Veterans home houses about 150 residents. It features a fishing pond with a pier, a chapel and of course medical care for these retired heroes. Larry Rhame likes to come here and visit his friend Jerry Little, who served in the special forces in Vietnam.
"When he came back from Vietnam, he was very modest," said Rhame. "He's told me a few stories, but not a lot. He just feels like it's his duty as an American to do his job and come home. That's all the glory he needs."
Student Kyler Royer volunteers his time helping veterans and giving them someone to talk with.
"I help get him, like transport him from the rooms to the commons area," said Royer. "During Christmas, they get a lot of gifts from schools and local clubs. So I help stock that. Talk to people. That's what they really like is to be talked to."
Veteran Richard Morgan served on the veterans home ancillary committee, which helps raise money for projects around the facility, not paid for by the government.
"Uncle Sam doesn't pay for everything in the home," said Morgan. "Therefore, what our committee does is raise funds for extra things needed in the home. Such as the pond in the front, the gazebo. The sidewalk to go around the pond."
The home depends on volunteers like these to give these veterans the attention they deserve.