The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a certificate of appreciation to the Arkansas Society United States Daughters of 1812. They received the honor in recognition of support and contributions for veterans, according to a news release.


U.S.D. 1812 was one of 31 organizations to receive this special distinction at the 2019 annual Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) Volunteer Recognition ceremony and luncheon.


U.S.D. 1812 members serve as “No Veteran Dies Alone volunteers,” coffee cart greeters and VA cemetery assistance volunteers. Members stand flag lines and act as family for veterans who die with no family of record. The Arkansas Society has held numerous luncheons and receptions honoring veterans of all wars along with their Gold Star Families, according to the release.


U.S.D. 1812 individuals also received awards. They were: Mary Ellen Laursen for serving 500 hours; Kay Tatum for serving 500 hours, Catherine Fortney for serving 750 hours and Peggy Vandenberg for volunteering more than 21 years for veterans. Sheila Beatty-Krout was named 2018 Female Volunteer of the Year and also recognized for more than five years of service and volunteering more than 1,000 hours.


National Volunteer Week is celebrated during April. The Veterans Administration (VA) awards volunteers and organizations for their service and to encourage more Americans to volunteer. CAVHS reported 762 volunteers contributed more than 91,000 hours during 2018 in Central Arkansas.


CAVHS depends on volunteers. Volunteers can perform a number of services and a volunteer’s talents are closely matched with assignments. Especially needed at this time are Escorts, ambassadors and meal mates for veterans in the community living centers.


To volunteer or for details, contact the Voluntary Service Office at 501-257-3288.