COLD SPRING, Ky. – Harlan F. Plummer, of Peebles, Ohio, and Dorothy Propst, of Virginia Beach, Va., have each been selected by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) as the nation’s top volunteers serving veterans. The 2017 George H. Seal Memorial Trophy will be presented by National Commander David W. Riley at the organization’s 96th National Convention July 29 in New Orleans.
“The recipients this year couldn’t be more deserving,” said Riley. “With nearly 50 years of combined volunteer service to veterans, Harlan and Dorothy have demonstrated why volunteerism is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission, and have shown an unmatched commitment to the men and women who served.”
“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 Harlan and Dorothy providing a meaningful and special thanks that honors the sacrifices of those who’ve 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.
Propst, a life member in the DAV Auxiliary, began volunteering with DAV 15 years ago. 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 medical appointments. the past 15 years, Propst has amassed more than 10,500 volunteer hours at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia.
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. The awards are conferred in memory of George H. Seal, who served as DAV’s Director of Membership and Voluntary Services and the leading organizer and administrator of DAV volunteer programs.
“Our 2017 George H. Seal Trophy recipients stepped up and answered the call to service,” said Riley. “They go 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.