The valentines — handwritten, heart-shaped notes — were written by both staff and students, and included messages thanking recipients for their service to the country. The notes were delivered on Feb. 10-11.
One message read: “I want you to know you are appreciated, and thought of often.” Another read: “Happy Valentine’s Day, Hero! Wishing that this day is filled with joy and love.”
“Everyone likes to feel loved and appreciated, and that includes our veterans,” said Dr. Stefane Raulerson, director of Military and Veteran Services at Augusta University. “They can be remembered and appreciated on more than just Veterans Day, and that’s the idea that inspired this project.”
Rebecca Luca, business operations manager in the JagStore, was happy to provide support.
“The JagStore staff enjoyed making these valentines,” said Luca. “It was such a cute project!”
This is the first “valentines for veterans” project MVS has sponsored, but they hope it will become an annual tradition.