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Vets Helping Vets: WWII, Vietnam Vet Bond Over Shared Experience

World War II veteran Art Schultz lost his eye and his arm in the Normandy campaign, but never his joy for life. Steve Vradenburg, a Vietnam vet, serves as Art’s Senior Companion volunteer. Together, they have built a great friendship that makes all the difference.

It has been said that the strength of our communities is determined by how we help our most vulnerable citizens. For 40 years, Senior Companions have positively impacted thousands of lives. The friendship and interdependence between the client and Senior Companion is the bridge that keeps them both strong and connected to the community. This year, the Senior Corps Senior Companions program celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Senior Corps RSVP Volunteer and World War II Vet Still Gives Back

Sarah Styger, an 89-year-old Navy veteran who served in WW II, was honored today at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. where she was joined by the Director of Senior Corps, Dr. Erwin Tan.  She traveled to the memorial with other World War II veterans courtesy of Big Sky Honor Flight, an organization that honors veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial at no cost. Service is important to Sarah. She enrolled in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) at age 21 after hearing about the number of men who died in the Battle of the Bulge. “I have always loved my country. I wanted to give back and help in some small way.” Sarah was raised on a farm where helping your neighbor was a way of life. “I was taught at an early age that we need to come together and help each other out.” She enrolled in RSVP in 1989 in Billings, Montana where she has served in multiple RSVP placements over the past 25 years including working for Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, Pompey’s Pillar National Monument, and the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce. She received the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award in 2012. At age 89, she still serves as an RSVP volunteer with Billings Head Start.

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Many AmeriCorps programs utilize the unique skill sets of veterans back home for conservation projects. Montana Conservation Corps has enlisted veterans to do fire fuel reduction and mitigation work in the Northern Rockies. Veterans work on clearing dead or diseased trees, thinning understory growth, and removing ‘fuel’ from the forest floor. This kind of service allows veterans to gain experience and training for jobs in the environmental sector. 

Many AmeriCorps programs utilize the unique skill sets of veterans back home for conservation projects. Montana Conservation Corps has enlisted veterans to do fire fuel reduction and mitigation work in the Northern Rockies. Veterans work on clearing dead or diseased trees, thinning understory growth, and removing ‘fuel’ from the forest floor. This kind of service allows veterans to gain experience and training for jobs in the environmental sector. 

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Top Ten National Service Moments of 2013

By Dana Forde

The Obama family with CEO Wendy Spencer

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