JSU Spreads Cheer at State Veterans Home


ROTC cadets visited with veterans home residents, learning more about their service to our nation.

Maj. Cory Roberts and cadets from JSU ROTC spread holiday cheer at the Col. Robert Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City the last day before campus closed for winter break on Dec. 20. Several faculty, staff and students of the ROTC program visited with the veterans and delivered beautiful Christmas poinsettias donated by President John and Dr. Pamela Beehler

More than 250 of our nation’s military veterans currently reside at the Howard State Veterans Home. The beautiful, five-year-old facility is open to retired and disabled veterans of any age who served a minimum of 90 days in the military, with a preference given to those who have served active duty. Current residents are aged 46-100, with an average age of 80 years old, and there is a two-year waiting list to get into the state-of-the-art campus. 

ROTC faculty and students decorated the home’s Town Center - a gathering spot in the main lobby - with poinsettias. They also spent time chatting with the residents, whose vast military experience spans generations and includes legendary wartime missions. Veterans Home Director Hiliary Hardwick, a 2005 JSU nursing alumna, will visit campus later this month to form new partnerships on campus that will support and enrich the lives of the veterans year-round.