The two men met with the U.S. congessman on Monday.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Nick Gestido
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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 …
Patch does a Q & A with Kevin Hargrave, an Afghanistan veteran from Rosedale facing challenges at home.
Patch recently sat down with Afghanistan veteran Kevin Hargrave, 49, of Rosedale as part of a continuing series, Maryland Vets: Jobs Wanted, which looks at the challenges of veterans who return from war and face a tough job market. It's one veteran's story of transition. Hargrave, a father of five, escaped a life of selling drugs in east Baltimore to join the Marines, and now he believes he has achieved the American Dream—a dream he clings to while coping with everyday realities, including that of having a 15-year-old daughter who is paralyzed from the waist down after a hit and run accident in Halethorpe Aug. 24, 2011. Hargrave is now a correctional captain in Maryland, but he said he's hoping to retire in order to funnel a portion of …