ERLANGER, Ky. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has named Robert Hilliard of Tomah, Wisconsin, as its 2022 DAV Volunteer of the Year. Hilliard will be formally recognized Aug. 6 during the 2022 DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Each year, DAV recognizes its top volunteer by presenting its Volunteer of the Year award in honor of the late George H. Seal, who helped shape and expand the organization’s volunteer programs. DAV members who donate their time through either the Local Volunteer Assistance Program (LVAP) or the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program are eligible for the award.

Hilliard is a regular face in the Tomah veteran community, spending up to 55 hours per week assisting veterans with filing disability claims; hosting World War II veteran socials; bringing coffee, breakfast and snacks to residents at area VA Community Living Centers; and helping out anywhere he’s asked.

“When a staff member requests supplies, equipment or programs, Mr. Hilliard and DAV step up to fill those needs,” said Jennifer Conzemius, volunteer coordinator at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

Hilliard was instrumental in DAV’s role in 2021 of revitalizing, reopening and running the medical center’s Jason Simcakoski Memorial Golf Course, which offers a welcomed form of alternative therapy for veterans receiving medical care.

Hilliard, the commander of DAV Chapter 27 in Tomah, has logged nearly 5,800 lifetime volunteer hours.

“Robert’s commitment to veterans in his community defines selfless service,” said DAV National Commander Andy Marshall. “Whether he’s helping with disability claims or arranging a golf outing so a veteran in hospice can see his friends, he’s committed to serving his fellow veterans and their families with excellence.”

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