Where did you serve and what did you do?
USAF Mar 66 to Nov 87. Air Traffic Controller
How are you #StillServing?
I am the SC VFW designated coordinator for the Myrtle Beach VA Clinic. In that capacity, I work with the Clinic to help them find volunteers for the various services they need to help the clinic function properly. My prime involvement with them is in acquiring things the VA Volunteer Services Coordinator sends me a need for in order to properly support their veterans and veteran families. The VA Coordinator will send me a list of things they need and then I go and get the items for them. Back last Fall it was $7,000 in food and household goods needed to help in the support of almost 100 veteran families in the Clinic’s system (you documented this event). This time the Coordinator sent me a list consisting of a need for personal hygiene items, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, t-shirts, baseball hats, craft kits (model car/plane/ship kits), painting kits, storage containers and individually packaged snack packs. I coordinated with the community I live in (Country Lakes of Little River, SC) (they provided much of the food items I collected last year), Post 10804 Auxiliary and an organization called “Bonnies Coats for Kids and Veterans (an Auxiliary members program), and my wife and I buy several of the items needed. On June 3rd, I delivered $1,000.00 in requested items to the VA Coordinator at the VA Clinic
Why do you do it?
Being a user of the VA System, I see many veterans who don’t have many of the basic necessities. So I do my small part to help my local VA Clinic provide needs they can’t get through the VA System. Thankfully I have a great neighborhood that likes to help veterans, along with Jacqui Williams and Charlene Broadhurst (Bonnie’s purchasing agent) of Bonnies Coats for Kids and Veterans who donated $250 in items to my recent request for help. Pictured is me and VA Coordinator Candy Anderson, at the Myrtle Beach VA Clinic in front of one-half of the boxes of items I delivered to her on June 3rd.