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92nd LRS Airmen bring holiday cheer to veterans

Tech. Sgt. Harriette Oliver, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge personal property and passenger travel, hangs ornaments on a tree during the 92nd LRS volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. Most of the supplies and decorations come from donations, members of staff, families of veterans and volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Tech. Sgt. Harriette Oliver, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge personal property and passenger travel, hangs ornaments on a tree during the 92nd LRS volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. Most of the supplies and decorations come from donations, members of staff, families of veterans and volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Airman 1st Class Aaron Longgood, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, hangs paper snowflakes from the ceiling during the 92nd LRS volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home. The main goal for volunteers is to give veterans, especially those who do not have families, a happy holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Airman 1st Class Aaron Longgood, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, hangs paper snowflakes from the ceiling during the 92nd LRS volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home. The main goal for volunteers is to give veterans, especially those who do not have families, a happy holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Airmen from the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron hang decorations for veterans during the 92nd LRS annual volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. Most of the decorations were donated by either the staff members, volunteers themselves or from the families of veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Airmen from the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron hang decorations for veterans during the 92nd LRS annual volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. Most of the decorations were donated by either the staff members, volunteers themselves or from the families of veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Senior Airman Auston Reeves, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operations journeyman, hangs garland during the 92nd LRS volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. For 14 consecutive years, Airmen have taken the time to set the holiday vibe for veterans and spread holiday cheer by setting up decorations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Senior Airman Auston Reeves, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operations journeyman, hangs garland during the 92nd LRS volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. For 14 consecutive years, Airmen have taken the time to set the holiday vibe for veterans and spread holiday cheer by setting up decorations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)

Airman Jaclyn Peterson, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron refuel equipment operator, untangles the electric lights during the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron annual volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. Twenty-six Airmen from the 92nd LRS took the time to set the holiday vibe for veterans and spread the holiday cheer by putting up wreaths, Holiday trees and lights all over the facility.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

Airman Jaclyn Peterson, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron refuel equipment operator, untangles the electric lights during the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron annual volunteer event Dec. 2, 2016, at the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane. Twenty-six Airmen from the 92nd LRS took the time to set the holiday vibe for veterans and spread the holiday cheer by putting up wreaths, Holiday trees and lights all over the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Twenty-six Airmen from the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron decorated the Spokane Veterans Home in Spokane, Dec. 2.

For 14 consecutive years, Airmen have taken the time to spread holiday cheer for veterans by putting up wreaths, Christmas trees and lights throughout the facility.

“It started small a couple years ago when Airmen showed up to decorate the Air Force room,” said Charles Rager, 92nd LRS unit training manager. “It’s grown over the years where more volunteers from our squadron show up to decorate the whole facility to include the dayroom and rooms dedicated to each of the military services.”

One of the main reasons Airmen volunteer is to give back and show their appreciation to veterans, Rager shared.

“It humbles me because hearing what they went through during war,” he said. “In addition, the ‘thank yous’ and smiles from veterans are more than enough for every volunteer that shows up to decorate the facility.”

Most of the supplies and decorations used come from donations from members of the staff, families of veterans and volunteers.

“The main reason we do this is to bring Christmas spirit to our veterans,” Rager added. “Similar to those who are deployed and are away from family, veterans without a family feel the same way during the holidays, but in a different perspective.”

According to Airman 1st Class Megan Parker, who has volunteered for two years, knowing that what she’s doing makes those who served before her happy, is all worth it.

“It’s humbling to know that I get to help spread the holiday cheer with individuals who have risked their lives for the country,” Parker said. “Decorating the place they live is just a small token of how much we appreciated them.”

At the end of the day, the main goal for volunteers is to give veterans, especially those who don’t have families, a happy holiday season.