Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Patriotic Portrait

Today’s Patriotic Portrait is of Betty Rose.
Betty Rose is a Veteran, she is a volunteer and she is 91 years old.
Rose’s volunteer career began at the age of 24, when she enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, which later became the Women’s Army Corps. She served at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Today, she volunteers once a week at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. She serves coffee and cookies to outpatients and their family members, gives directions, answers questions, and makes Veterans feel welcome while they wait for their appointments.
She does all this even though she is legally blind and can barely see the faces of the Vets she is helping.
She does it because “It’s like sunshine for me. I like what the Veterans have done for our country. Paying them back fulfills me.”
Rose started volunteering at the medical center in 1959 and has given a total of 6,122 hours of her time to serve Veterans.
Over the years, she has not only worked every week in the volunteer ambassador program, she also has delivered personal care comfort kits for newly admitted patients, worked bingo games, provided refreshments and sponsored summer picnics. She has provided clerical support, purchased and wrapped gifts for the annual Christmas Gift Shop for patients, and cooked and served hot dogs at a booth for the Patient Carnival.
She has a special place in her heart for women Veterans and for many years has hosted special parties for women, provided women’s clothing, and escorted female patients on a boat trip in Detroit.
 Betty Rose is truly a remarkable person and a testament to what volunteerism is all about. It is impossible to calculate the number of people she has touched over the years.    
America could use more people like Betty Rose.  She is a great example of an American Patriot.
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