On April 20, 2013, CDS Monarch and Warrior Salute staff, supporters and mentors, the MCC Veterans Club, MCC Volunteers, Steven Argento of SC Fine Arts, members of the Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Club, and community volunteers joined together for Operation Clean Up Outreach (OPCO). The group's goal was to clean up the house and get it ready for the Spring and Summer seasons while supporting the confidence of the Veterans involved in Warrior Salute. This included lawn care, cleaning the interior ceiling lights and windows, power washing the house and walkways, and moving furniture.
"These projects let our community, specifically Veterans, know that there are outlets everywhere, even if they don't know about it. It's a way to give back and support those who need it and may not know how or where to ask for it,' stated Samantha Best, secretary of the club. It is the mission of the MCC Veterans Club to be a social, support and advocacy group for MCC student veterans/active duty members, their immediate families and veterans living within the community.
Mary Turner, the artist of the Brighton Veterans Memorial, made extra feathers that were a part of the eagle statue memorial. MCC's Veterans Club was given some of these at the memorial's opening last year. For the Veterans that are part of Warrior Salute, the club put one of their feathers in a shadow box and presented it to the Nucor House at the close of OPCO. The attached plaque read, "Your story does not end here! From the Students and Veterans at MCC."
"We are very appreciative of the MCC Veterans Club and all of the volunteers involved for making the Nucor House an even better place to live," stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch President/CEO. "Through projects like this, we are able to better serve our Veterans and show we are here to support them."
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