COLD SPRING, Ky. — Sindhu P. Muppala, who has spent a total of 500 hours spanning a six-year period volunteering at the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C, has been awarded $15,000 by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to pursue her educational goals in hospital administration.
The 19-year-old is the recipient of DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, which is awarded annually to the top youth volunteers in DAV’s Voluntary Services program. The scholarship is open to volunteers age 21 and younger who have contributed a minimum of 100 hours credited through DAV or the DAV Auxiliary.
The scholarship will be recognized at DAV’s 96th National Convention on July 29 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel.
“Sindhu’s kind demeanor and positive attitude made her a favorite among the veterans she served, and it is her dedication and commitment to those veterans that made her successful,” said DAV National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst. “Sindhu is devoted in all that she does and we are lucky she spent some of this time serving veterans.”
“Sindhu is an exceptional young person with a great future ahead of her,” said DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “Sindhu is the epitome of compassion, grace and commitment. Her sense of duty to veterans, and the VA staff is truly inspirational and she serves as a role model to other youth volunteers.”
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 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.