Butler VA Health Care System
Wednesday, June 12, 2019U.S. Army and Vietnam Veteran Curtis “Dave” Rearic has been volunteering at the Butler VA Health Care System for over a year, accumulating 182 hours of service. He chooses to volunteer because of the good service he received from VA.
“They [the VA] helped me out considerably and I decided I wanted to give a little back to my fellow Veterans,” said Dave.
At the urging of his wife Barb, he decided to check out the VA and has been coming here for care for three years, with one of those years as a volunteer. “I have PTSD and talking with other Veterans really helps me. Coming here was the best thing I ever did and has changed my life for the better.”
Dave, and his wife Barb, are Volunteer Ambassadors at the Abie Abraham VA Health Care Clinic.
As a Volunteer Ambassador, what he likes most is the interaction with all of the people, especially speaking with the World War II Veterans. And, that he and his wife, Barb, get to volunteer together.
“We have a lot of the same interests and we like to do things together. So, this is great that we can volunteer together,” Dave shared.
In his role as a Volunteer Ambassador, Dave discovered he and another Vietnam Veteran were both on the same boat heading over to Vietnam. And the other Veteran reminded him of some things that occurred that he had completely forgot about!
“This [volunteering] is very gratifying to me,” he concludes. “I really enjoy the people.”
The Voluntary Services program at the Butler VA Health Center has a roster of over 200 volunteers who provide over 35,000 hours of service annually. Volunteers greet Veterans and guests to the facility, transport Veterans to and from their VA appointments, support the recreational program, provide support for special events, provide companionship to those who need a friend, and so much more.
For more information about volunteering at the Butler VA, please contact Paula McCarl, Voluntary Services Coordinator, at 878-271-6957 or Andy Pepe Voluntary Services Specialist at 878-271-6960. You can also visit www.butler.va.gov/giving/index.asp.