COLD SPRING, Ky. –Dorothy Propst, a DAV Auxiliary member who lives in Virginia Beach, Va., has been selected as the 2017 DAV George H. Seal Memorial Trophy recipient. DAV National Commander David W. Riley will present the award at the organization’s 96th National Convention July 29 in New Orleans. The 85-year-old has compiled more than 10,500 hours as a volunteer.
The prestigious volunteer award honors the best of thousands of remarkable men and women who serve in the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program.
“Dorothy couldn’t be more deserving of this recognition. She’s an incredibly compassionate and dynamic person who is a great example for others nationwide,” said Riley. “With 15 years of volunteer service to veterans, she has demonstrated why volunteerism is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission, and has shown an incredible commitment to the men and women who served.”
Propst began volunteering with DAV in 2002, and while volunteering as a driver with DAV’s Transportation Network she routinely drove between 70 and 165 miles per day to ensure veterans were able to get to and from their needed medical appointments. She has amassed more than 10,500 volunteer hours supporting veterans at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia.
“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 people like Dorothy providing a meaningful and special thanks that honors the sacrifices of those who’ve served.”
“Our 2017 George H. Seal Trophy recipient, Dorothy Propst, stepped up and answered the call to service,” said Riley. “Dorothy goes above and beyond to honor the promises made to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.”
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 www.dav.org.