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Member Spotlight: Meet Lupi Rodriguez, Still Serving Veterans AmeriCorps VISTA Member February 24, 2012

Posted by servicecorpsnews in Member Spotlight.
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Lupi Rodriguez is an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to Still Serving Veterans through the American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps. In her assignment as an outreach specialist, Lupi represents the organization at numerous community events to introduce veterans to SSV’s services. Prior to joining the Call to Service Corps, Lupi held positions as a quality engineer and ISO quality assurance auditor with Sanmina-SCI. Through the American Red Cross, she has volunteered as a first aid assistant at Challenger Elementary first aid clinic. She is a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #3263 in Huntsville, Ala. Lupi holds a degree from Central Texas College. She is a sister-in-law to four Army veterans.

What motivated you to serve in the AmeriCorps program?
I took the oath as an AmeriCorps VISTA member very seriously and welcomed the opportunity to work with and help veterans who had given so much to protect my rights and freedom.

What motivated you to choose your sponsor organization?
SSV is a nonprofit organization in the northern Alabama region that empowers veterans and their families to reintegrate into the workforce and communities through new career development and job placement. Also, SSV provides assistance to veterans with obtaining VA and other benefits and services. SSV’s goals include optimizing veterans’ post-military career opportunities, providing veterans a holistic support services approach to job training, education, career transition and counseling, referring veterans to other organizations and ensuring veteran clients receive all the benefits and services they have earned.

About what accomplishment from your year of service are you most proud?
Some of the outreach activities I have conducted this year, to bring the services of Still Serving Veterans to the attention of veterans in our area were: participation in the Huntsville community’s stitching the traveling U.S. flag, which now hangs in the National 9/11 Museum in New York; assisting with the celebration of returning soldiers during Wounded Warrior Week; representing SSV at the Huntsville community’s Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony; and planning a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Day with Vietnam Veterans of America to be held March 29. Each of these outreach events allows me to get the word out to the military community in our area about the incredible work that SSV does for our veterans.

What are your plans after your AmeriCorps service year?
My future plan is to hopefully be fully employed by Still Serving Veterans and continue working with our heroes supporting them with the opportunities to be all they can be.

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