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VAMC volunteers recognized

Manchester VA Medical Center
October 04. 2017 10:11PM
Gerard Marchand, left, and Juanita Marchand attend the recent Western themed Manchester VA volunteer recognition ceremony. The Marchands serve as Manchester VA Volunteer Service Representatives, representing AMVETS and the AMVETS Auxiliary. Between them, they have provided 21 years of service as volunteers at the Medical Center. (Manchester VA Medical Center)

MANCHESTER — The Manchester VA Medical Center recently held a volunteer recognition ceremony in honor of its 320 registered volunteers, who serve in more than 28 departments within the facility.

The Medical Center’s volunteers work directly with veterans as drivers, welcome ambassadors and recreation aides to behind-the-scenes work in the warehouse, in the research department and in management.

“Appreciating these volunteers is important to veterans and the staff, (who) are proud to work day in and day out with these selfless servants,” said Alfred Montoya, acting Medical Center director at the Manchester VA.

Madeline Dreusicke, a volunteer representing the VFW Auxiliary, was on the 2017 volunteer recognition ceremony planning committee and received an award herself for having worked 1,750 volunteer hours. When asked what drives her to give so much, she said, “Just because it is the right thing to do. They served us and we should serve them. They come home changed, and when they come to the (Manchester VA) they are in a safe zone, and I want to be a part of providing that. These brave men and women are always on my mind. Serving them is an honor.”

It is with a heavy heart that the Medical Center says goodbye to Richard Dobbyn, Charles Meservey Sr., Gerard Provencher and Preston Lawrance, who passed away within the past year.

“Richie, Charlie, Gerry and Preston made such a difference at the Medical Center,” said Debra Krinsky, chief of voluntary service at the VA. “They truly improved the lives of so many of the veterans we serve. We are better for having shared our lives with these wonderful men. They will forever be remembered as our family, and for their contribution to the wellness of the veterans we serve.”

The VA would love to welcome new team members. Those interested in volunteering may contact Krinsky at or 800-892-8384, ext. 6779.

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