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RSVP Volunteer Honored as Veteran

JFS’s RSVP (Retired Senior and Volunteer Program) of Essex and Hudson Counties, in partnership with Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, recognized veterans who have continued their service to America as Senior Corps volunteers last week on Veterans’ Day.

The event, held in the soup kitchen in Orange, recognized Allan Trent who was in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He was infantry as well as support. Trent is now leading a new program teaching a writing workshop as an RSVP volunteer at the church each Tuesday.

The recognition event in Orange was one of nearly 200 recognition ceremonies featuring National Veteran Corps pin presentations taking place across the country throughout the month of November. Orange Fire Captain Spearman and Orange Fire Director Kenneth A. Douglas presented Mr. Trent with a plaque from the city of Orange Township, recognizing his service to the country. Also at the event were Father Joseph A. Harmon from the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, RSVP Volunteer Leader at the church, Janet Parker, and RSVP Director, Stephanie Grove.

Grove stated “This was an exciting event to appreciate our veterans who have already done so much for our country. Mr. Trent continues to show his gratitude for his community through volunteering. I was really honored to be part of this event.”

Last year, national service members served more than 780,000 veterans and military members in VA clinics and hospitals, veteran service organizations and at nonprofits and public agencies. In addition, more than 23,000 veterans served in their local communities applying leadership skills acquired during their military service through Catholic Charities USA, Habitat for Humanity, Teach For America, and multiple conservation corps programs, including those that have helped combat wildfires in the Western U.S.

“Our commitment to veterans and their families is deep. National service gives our heroes a new mission on the homefront, a pathway to opportunity and a better transition to civilian life,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “This month is an opportunity to salute those who are serving our country again, while bringing attention to the critical work being done by veterans-focused national service programs.”

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