On Monday, Nov. 9, in advance of Veterans Day, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will recognize those who have not only served their community, but also their nation.
At 2 p.m. at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., veterans who serve with RSVP will receive special pins denoting their involvement. This is just a way to say thanks, said Kandi Wolf, Volunteers in Action/RSVP volunteer coordinator.
Refreshments will be served.
“This year, we will honor and recognize our registered Senior Corps RSVP volunteers who
are military veterans and those who are serving veterans and the veteran community by presenting them with a specially designed National Veteran Corps pin,” she said. They are doing this on Monday so the vets will have their pins to wear on Veterans Day.
In 2009, the Serve America Act established six priority areas for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the federal agency’s programs, including increasing engagement of veterans and service to veterans and military families. Since then, The CNCS’s Senior Corp, serving those 55 and older, has started programs that have engaged and served tens of thousands of veterans and military families. Building on the success of these efforts, and looking to further highlight our support for the military community, CNCS Chief Executive Officer Wendy Spencer set out to establish a consolidated National Veteran Corps and created special pins for veterans serving in national service programs and for AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers who serve veterans and military families. These are what well be given out on Nov. 9.
Anyone who is a veteran volunteering in Barton or Pawnee county and would like to know more about becoming an RSVP member can contact Wolf. To sign up or get more information, call 620-792-1614.