The U.S. Veterans Corps (USVC) announced the Veteran of the Year and Veteran Spouse of the Year during their annual Change of Command ceremony heldv at the North Carolina Executive Mansion. A private screening of the pilot television show, Just Serve, was also shown at the event.
The 2012 US Veterans Corps Change of Command Ceremony is an installation of the officers and incoming president. The ceremony also had specialty awards to recognize those that went above and beyond the call of duty for the community.
There was a private screening of a new television pilot called Just Serve, filmed and produced by 14 time film festival winner Go Films. The USVC was nominated by the NC Film Commission for this project that highlights community service and involvement.
The Veteran Spouse of the Year Award was presented to Crissy Roberts by Lou Anne Crumpler the Executive Director of the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Office of the Governor. Roberts is the wife of the 2010 Operation: Coming Home Hero Home recipient, U.S. Marine Sgt. Stan Roberts. She helped with over 90 percent of the USVC missions, volunteered for the Salvation Army, took in a family left homeless to Hurricane Irene, and donated her van to a family in need.
The Veteran of the Year award was presented to former U.S. Marine SSGT Stan Pinkus by Col (RET) Hal Shook which the award was named after by the USVC board in 2009. Pinkus helped with over 90% of the USVC missions that included the
Guinness Book of Records Food Drive and Extreme Makeover. He is also the founder of Toys for lil’ Troops which provides toys to children of deployed of hardship parents. He was also the lead for the distribution of 15,000 toys in 24 hours to four military installations.
The USVC change of command ceremony marks the installation of the incoming president and board of officers. Jean-Paul Damé, of Fire Horse Films, was elected the 2012 president, succeeding Brent Kappler, of New York Life. Recognized for his steadfast dedication to the Armed Services and their families, Damé’s leadership will bring to the Corps an increased focus on the military community.
The ceremony also presented awards recognizing those whose service went above and beyond the call of duty for our community. Damé and the newly elected board of officers look forward to building on the USVC successes of 2011, including Operation: Coming Home, Extreme Makeover, Toys for Tots, and Toys for lil’ Troops.
About the U.S. Veterans Corps ( www.myusvc.com)
The U.S. Veterans Corps (USVC) is a Corps of Military Veterans performing “Hands On” community service with a mission/deployment attitude: “What A Few Can Do.” The USVC was founded as a way to provide community service, camaraderie and networking events, and awards & recognition for veterans, reservist, national guard, and active duty servicemen and women. The original idea for USVC was based on the experiences that Veterans Andrew Ladner and Chris Lawson had while deployed to New Orleans, LA for the season finale of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the local veterans project Operation: Coming Home.