EAST GOSHEN — Three Wellington at Hershey’s Mill residents talked about their war time experiences on Thursday, as they gear up for Veterans Day next week.

About 60 of 200 residents at the center are proud veterans.

Rusty Snyder, 94, lied about her age and changed her birth certificate to enter a year early as a Navy WAVE.

As a bonus, she met her recently passed husband of 71 years at the Naval Landing Force Equipment Depot in Albany, California.

“Veterans Day is a celebration and a recognition of the people who served,” she said. “Think of those who we lost.

“I got to see different parts of the country and see different people. It was a different lifetime.”

Will Sylvestor, 99, also served in World War II, in India, as a mechanic in the Army Air Corp.

“We had no choice at the time,” he said. “It looked like it was going to last a long time when I started.

“The day is a reminder to remember those who were lost.”

He said that in high school he realized that war was inevitable.

“You know you were facing it. I was lucky to not be in a combat outfit.”

William Rice is a Korean Conflict veteran.

“You still feel a sense of pride,” he said. “I always thought it was my responsibility to serve this country and what it stands for.”

Those three veterans and several others met Thursday at the Wellington Inaugural Veteran’s Resource Expo. The vets and families learned about their benefits.

Vendors included the Chester County Recorder of Deeds, American Legion, VFW, and the Veteran’s Administration.

Chanel Santiago was a combat vet with the U.S. Army and represented the Veteran’s Administration as a Veteran Outreach Program Specialist. She gave out advice.

Santiago said she helps veterans navigate the VA which is much more than hospital care.

Wellington will hold a pinning event on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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