After completing just under a hundred questionnaires with some veterans and those still in the army, the most common responses to the three questions I posed surprised me.
1. What is your best/favourite memory?
Most answers said something about their wedding or family.
2. What is a tough time you have worked through?
All of which were coming through injuries or the return home.
3. If you could tell future generations one thing, what would it be?
Most of the responses were of regret. One man asked if he could say “I would tell my daughter that I was sorry for not being there for her when she was growing up.”
This project has really moved me. My original idea was to create a time capsule, from these responses, I would be more inclined to make three books that use my creative writing skills to illustrate the responses to these three questions.
I am also happy to report that the veterans nursing home I visited will be continuing with this project, but on a smaller scale so that they can help people recover from the likes of depression and PTSD.