Two area men were recognized for their volunteer service to Maryland's veterans Monday afternoon when they met with U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
Robert Filippi and and Joseph C. Sirera each received the 2012 Congressional Volunteer Recognition Award in a ceremony at the congressman's Timonium office.
Filippi, a veteran himself, has accrued 2,000 hours of service in 14 years as a volunteer with the VA Maryland Health Care System. He visits the Loch Raven VA Living Community weekly and maintains their greenhouse; and also volunteers with the Sons of the American Legion Post 130 and the Parkville American Legion Post 183 bingos, according to a statement from the Congressman's office.
Sirera, a 46-year member of the Knights of Columbus where he has served as the Grand Knight of the Columbus Charles Carroll Assembly, has volunteered with the VA Maryland Health Care System since 2005, according to the statement.
The two men were among six honorees chosen by the Veterans Advisory Council, an organization Ruppersberger founded in 2003 to help shape policy concerning veterans, active duty troops and military families.
"I commend these volunteers for bringing joy and happiness to the lives of the men and women who served our country," Ruppersberger said in the statement. "These volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty to entertain and comfort Maryland veterans and make a difference in their lives."