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ALA Call to Service Corps Members Honor Veterans Day December 14, 2012

Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
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Veterans Day is an important commemoration day for the American Legion Auxiliary, including its ALA Call to Service Corps. Corps members serve the United States’ servicemembers, veterans and their families each day of their AmeriCorps terms. Veterans Day provides the unique opportunity for Corps members to serve veterans in a wider community.

Two ALA Call to Service Corps members who went above and beyond the call of duty in their Veterans Day activities wrote summaries of the activities in which they participated.

One of the members, Jessica Fowler, an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to HandsOn Jacksonville, assisted with the planning and execution of The Week of Valor, a weeklong series of events designed to honor and celebrate the contributions of servicemembers, veterans and their families to the community and nation.

Fowler worked closely with the University of Phoenix to host four Cards for Troops events, inviting community members to write letters and cards for deployed service members, thanking them for their service and sacrifice. The cards will be shipped to servicemembers currently deployed around the globe.

Additionally, Fowler served as a moderator for a panel discussion at the University of Phoenix’s Start Strong event, a workshop for transitioning service members that covered topics like civilian employment, personal finances, medical claims and common family concerns. Panelists shared lessons from their personal lives and encouraged attendees not to make the same mistakes.

The other member who went above and beyond was Ronnie Miley, an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to Volunteer Macon. Miley was very involved in his organization’s Veterans Day activities. On November 8, he participated in We Are the Vets, an event held at Fort Benning in Georgia. Attendees discussed PTSD, their personal experiences in the military, suicide prevention programs and the services offered through wounded warrior programs.

On Veterans Day, Volunteer Macon partnered with the Riverview Hotel and GE Capital to host a ceremony honoring local members of the military community. Food was provided, and guest speakers thanked the attendees for their sacrifices.  Afterwards, the group convened to watch the hometown Atlanta Falcons play the rival New Orleans Saints. Over 200 veterans attended the event, as well as State Representative James Beverly and Macon Mayor Robert Reichert.

“It was fun,” Miley said. “I really enjoy working with veterans, and I look forward to extending an even greater partnership with them.”

Miley was responsible for recruitment of speakers and service providers, as well as the initial outreach to the Riverview Hotel and GE Capital, who provided the space, food and volunteers.  As a veteran himself, Miley was also responsible for training volunteers supplied by GE Capital in the nuances of military culture. Both Riverview Hotel and GE Capital were highly impressed by the event, and have pledged their continued support of Volunteer Macon and the veteran community.Veterans Day 2012

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