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Veteran Foster Grandparent’s Long-Lost Service Medals Replaced
Montana Foster Grandparent Bernard Mulder flew combat missions during World War II, but his service medals disappeared 70 years ago while recuperating from a leg wound suffered in battle. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester awarded new ones to Mulder in a ceremony in Billings after the senator was contacted about helping to replace them. 
During the ceremony, the 92-year-old was surrounded by children he mentors as a Foster Grandparent. Here’s a quote from the Billings Gazette article:
“He’s got the biggest heart. He’s a very patient person.” said Barb Brady, who coordinates the St. Vincent Foster Grandparent Program. “We’ve found that people who have served their country in other areas of their life make really good mentors. They don’t quit giving back to their community.” 
(Photo of Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Bernard Mulder by Casey Page of the Billings Gazette.)
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Veteran Foster Grandparent’s Long-Lost Service Medals Replaced

Montana Foster Grandparent Bernard Mulder flew combat missions during World War II, but his service medals disappeared 70 years ago while recuperating from a leg wound suffered in battle. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester awarded new ones to Mulder in a ceremony in Billings after the senator was contacted about helping to replace them

During the ceremony, the 92-year-old was surrounded by children he mentors as a Foster Grandparent. Here’s a quote from the Billings Gazette article:

“He’s got the biggest heart. He’s a very patient person.” said Barb Brady, who coordinates the St. Vincent Foster Grandparent Program. “We’ve found that people who have served their country in other areas of their life make really good mentors. They don’t quit giving back to their community.” 

(Photo of Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Bernard Mulder by Casey Page of the Billings Gazette.)

Read the complete article on the Billings Gazette website

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The Desire to Serve Makes Aging Meaningful
As adults age 60 and over become the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, it’s important to think about how can we provide opportunities to give them purpose during this new stage in their lives. After all, this cohort has much more to give considering the experience they have acquired over the years.  In an article titled “Making Aging Positive” on The Atlantic website, Linda P. Fried examines this issue and the benefits of programs such as Experience Corps, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP for the volunteers and the people they serve. Fried finds that these programs offer service and cross-generational opportunities that help create positive outcomes that are beneficial to many, addressing many social needs through life-changing relationships with schools, in communities, and with their contemporaries. Read the article and discover how a generation of leaders can show all of us how to serve. (Photo by Faith Gong/Volunteer Match)
Read more at The Atlantic

The Desire to Serve Makes Aging Meaningful

As adults age 60 and over become the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, it’s important to think about how can we provide opportunities to give them purpose during this new stage in their lives. After all, this cohort has much more to give considering the experience they have acquired over the years.  In an article titled “Making Aging Positive” on The Atlantic website, Linda P. Fried examines this issue and the benefits of programs such as Experience Corps, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP for the volunteers and the people they serve. Fried finds that these programs offer service and cross-generational opportunities that help create positive outcomes that are beneficial to many, addressing many social needs through life-changing relationships with schools, in communities, and with their contemporaries. Read the article and discover how a generation of leaders can show all of us how to serve. (Photo by Faith Gong/Volunteer Match)

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In a Small Town, Under a Big Sky

As we come to the close of Senior Corps Week 2014, we have one more story to share. Under the big sky of Missoula, Montana, Senior Corps volunteers in the RSVP, Senior Companion, and Foster Grandparent programs are coming together to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, help frail veterans and elderly stay independent, and provide one-on-one tutoring for kids. This is their story.

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Senior Corps Week: Shining a Spotlight on Senior Corps Volunteers

Today marks the start of Senior Corps Week.  All this week we will shine the spotlight on the impact of Senior Corps volunteers.   Whether serving as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, or RSVP volunteers, Senior Corps volunteers are using their lifetime of skills and experience to make a difference for generations.

To tell their story, we sent cameras across America to the small town of West, Texas, on to Missoula, Montana, and finally to New York City. The stories we captured show RSVP volunteers rebuilding a town, Foster Grandparents strengthening schools, and Senior Companions helping veterans and adults with disabilities. We will share these videos with you throughout the week, starting today with Senior Corps Making A Difference in New York.  Please share them with your network and join us in celebrating the value and impact of Senior Corps!

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Don’t Miss This!

By CNCS Staff

AmeriCorps NCCC members help in the cleanup in the midwest

230 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are serving in five central and southern states after weather-related disasters this week.

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