Part of a Green Vale education involves regular lessons and opportunities to learn about another way of life or aspect of the world in a manner conducive to genuine empathetic global awareness and citizenship. 8th Graders recently had an intimate opportunity to contemplate military life and the impact of wartime service on an individual.
Former soldiers from the Israeli veterans' group Brothers for Life opened up to students about the transition from civilian life to the rigid existence of a soldier at 18, the complexity of nationalism, the physical and emotional scars from war, and more. The goal of the group is to raise the level of public discourse around war and military service and help those injured in combat to move forward with their lives through a sense of communal commitment, cooperation, and understanding all while providing such services as mentoring programs, medical and financial aid, and educational outreach.
The soldiers instilled upon students such lessons as personal sacrifice, overcoming adversity, and the core values of serving one's country. This impactful conversation supports the 8th Grade's year-long service learning theme of mental health.