COLD SPRING, Ky. – Harlan F. Plummer, of Peebles, Ohio, has been selected by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) as the charity’s top volunteer. The 2017 George H. Seal Memorial Trophy will be presented by DAV National Commander David W. Riley at the organization’s 96th National Convention July 29 in New Orleans.

“At 97-years-old, Harlan has overcome health and family obstacles to always return and give back, and he couldn’t be more deserving of this great award,” said Riley. “With 32 years of volunteer service to veterans, Harlan has demonstrated why volunteerism is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission, and has shown an unmatched commitment to the men and women who served.”

Plummer, a veteran of the Army Air Corps and Air Force is a life member of DAV Chapter 71 in West Union, Ohio, has volunteered through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program for 32 years. Dedicating over 10,500 hours to his fellow veterans at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plummer has volunteered in various capacities, including serving as a volunteer driver, which ensures veterans are able to access the health care they have earned.

“When it comes to supporting our nation’s heroes, DAV is lucky to be home to the most prolific volunteer programs in the nation,” added Riley. “From our hospital volunteers and Transportation Network drivers to our Local Veterans Assistance Program, we’re fortunate to have experienced veterans like Harlan leading the way in a meaningful way that not only honors the sacrifices of those who’ve served, but improves their quality of life.”

The prestigious volunteer awards honor the best of thousands of remarkable men and women who serve in the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program.

“Our 2017 George H. Seal Trophy recipient, Harlan Plummer, stepped up and answered the call to service,” said Riley. “He goes above and beyond to honor the promises made to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.”


About DAV:
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their families and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with nearly 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at