Congratulations Chuck Patzer!

Chuck Patzer 2014

Chuck Patzer, left, with Adrianne Benson at the VA Home at King, volunteer appreciation lunch.

By Terri Osterberg, Service to Armed Forces, Public Relations Volunteer

Chuck Patzer, has accepted a new volunteer position as the American Red Cross Representative at The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.  In this role, he will provide volunteer activity leadership between the American Red Cross and the VA Home at King. Being a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran himself, he is bringing his knowledge of military issues and passion for helping others together in this new exciting role!  He is also a Disaster Action Team member in the Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara and Waupaca county area and supports the Heroes Musicales event in Wild Rose.

Chuck has been actively volunteering at the VA Home at King  for the past eight years.  He has been visiting with members and providing transport to medical appointments for those in need.

He will now be expanding his duties to include recruiting new volunteers to represent the Red Cross and finding the appropriate placement for these volunteers at the VA Home at King.  Chuck will also be representing Red Cross on the facilities Recreation Committee.  This committee is comprised of a number of Veteran Service Groups who meet regularly with the management of the facility to plan activities, address unmet needs and discuss changes and problems the facility is having.

Chuck stated, “Although there are many volunteers from different organizations already in place, there is always a need for more, and Red Cross is a good fit here.”

On Sunday, May 18, The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King is having an Open House from 10am – 3pm.  Red Cross will have a resource booth there, and Chuck hopes to be able to meet and recruit possible volunteers for upcoming help at the Home.

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Our Silent Auction Team Heroes for the 7th Annual Musicales event. (l-r) Chuck and Josephine Patzer, Beth Osicka, Carole Cochrane and Barry Osicka.

Support for Veterans, military members and their families is a year-round program. The Service to Armed Forces team partners with the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. They also support troop send-offs & returns, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program along with offering several courses specifically for military members. The Emergency Communication program provides ‘local’ support for families with loved one serving around the globe during times of emergencies.

To learn more visit redcross.org/SAF.  For volunteer opportunities please contact John Kost, Director Service to the Armed Forces, 920-733-4481, john.kost@redcross.org.

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