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This year marks the 40th anniversary of Volunteer Appreciation Week. Each year, a week is set aside in April to recognize, to be inspired, and to be encouraged by the dedicated efforts of volunteers.

April 6-12 is Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Wisconsin National Guard’s Service Member Support Division has more than 500 innovative, imaginative and creative volunteers that support military families through family readiness groups and the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve program. These volunteers sponsor new families to our units, communicate critical and time sensitive information with military families, advocate on behalf of military families within our communities and encourage employers to employ and retain our highly skilled service members in their organizations.

Not a day goes by that I am not inspired and deeply touched by the caring spirit and selfless devotion of our volunteers.

Volunteering is often a thankless job. Yet, without our volunteers, we are not as strong. Our volunteers support and brace the organizational structure of the Wisconsin National Guard. Working tirelessly with service members, family members, communities and employers, our volunteers rise up to the challenge of strengthening unit readiness by shoring up the support networks within our families and communities.

Gandhi said, “Service to others is the rent that you pay for your room on earth.”

I truly believe that over the last decade that I have worked with volunteers providing support to the military, that our volunteers have paid for their room on earth and the rooms of many others as well.

Please take a few minutes out of your day to thank the volunteers in our family support group or the volunteers serving in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve working diligently behind the scenes to support you and your family. Our volunteers really do make a difference. A strong family equals a strong Guard.

If you or someone you know would like to become a volunteer for the Service Member Support Division, please contact us at 1-800-292-9464, option 3.

 


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