She and about 200 other veterans and community partners participated in Operation Bayou City Blitz, a volunteer initiative organized by veteran nonprofit The Mission Continues. The series of service projects spanned five days in several Houston neighborhoods from Nov. 7 to Sunday and saw up to 50 veterans and community volunteers per socially distanced project.
“My family and I have taken all safety precautions since the first COVID-19 shutdown, but the effects of this pandemic were straining my mental health,” Kiel said in an emailed statement. “After being home since March, getting out to serve others will be the highlight of my year.”
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