New London retired Marine earns volunteer award
Rivera and Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, which he volunteers through, were each awarded a $500 gift from Wheelock Terrace at a ceremony at Wheelock Terrance in Hanover on July 24.
When he retired two years ago he decided to pursue volunteer work.
“You don’t go into volunteering looking for recognition. You go into it as, you are retired now and you can do something to help your community,” Rivera said.
He meets with veterans to ensure their medical and medication needs are being met by the VA.
Many of the veterans going into hospice are of the World War II generation, Rivera said, and because of attitudes back then, these veteran never properly dealt with their emotional and mental health issues that resulted from their service.
For Rivera, being a volunteer is an extension of being a Marine.
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