TVIA teens thank veterans, hear speaker

Ninth-grade boys from Teen Volunteers in Action, Chapter 2, celebrated Veterans Day by participating in “Thank a Veteran” event on Nov. 2. This event focused on appreciation for disabled vets by writing letters thanking them for their service.

This event also featured disabled veteran Eric McElvenny as guest speaker. McElvenny graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. While on active duty in Afghanistan in December 2011, he stepped on an IED and lost his lower leg.

McElvenny discussed his background and military experience, along with what it was like being wounded and reintegrating back into society. He also discussed what it was like to compete in an Ironman competition with a prosthesis, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation Operation Rebound organization.

Teen Volunteers In Action is an organization of young men who, with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy, and personal development. For information, visit