Hamilton Mall Honors Retiring Veterans AdvocateLast Edited:
One local veteran has spent over a decade helping fellow veterans gain access and information to services they’re entitled to and now he’s being honored for his years of service to the veteran community.
Lou Green served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956.
After retiring, he utilized Veteran Affairs healthcare and benefits.
“I felt, as a veteran, I was getting the benefit independently without other veterans being aware of what the VA affords them," said Green. "So, I felt an obligation to get as much information as I can.”
And he took that information and put it to good use.
For nearly 18 years, he’s sat at a table at the Hamilton Mall every first Wednesday of the month helping his fellow veterans get the information they need.
“It means the world to them because a lot of these veterans don’t know what they’re entitled to," said Crystal Rodriguez, marketing manager at Hamilton Mall. "Lou has done a great job of gathering names and phone numbers and organizations for them to reach out to, to find out what they need to do to get discounts or help with things that they’re entitled to.”
“Veterans, just as much as anyone else, need personal attention and they need accessibility to who to call for a number," said Green. "I give them like four numbers [and] I even give them the White House number. Veterans should have access to any kind of question they have [and] there should be an official that has the capacity to answer the questions.”
In a few short months, Green will turn 86, and despite wanting to continue until he turned 100, it’s come time that he retires from volunteering at the mall.
“But I have to recognize that in my age there’s certain things that are going to occur that may affect my speech or may affect me in one way or another," said Green. "I have to accept my age and my abilities.”
Today, his last day on the job, he was honored with a celebratory plaque, but not before he finished helping yet another veteran get the information they need.
“Even if it’s just one person and we’re just asking a question to clarify a benefit, then we’ve done our job,” said Green.
Officials from the Hamilton Mall are hoping to find a new veterans advocate to continue a job well done by Lou Green.
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