Arkansas Society United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) members were among honorees who were mailed awards from the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS.)

U.S.D. 1812 members received certificates and pins for reaching milestones in their service to veterans.

Milestones were reached by Sheila Beatty-Krout, Mary Ellen Laursen, Kay and John Tatum, Belinda M. Jones, Jerrie Townsend, Judy Robbins, Pat McLemore and Carol Hunter. These regular volunteers have given 3,447 hours and represent chapters in the Little Rock and Pine Bluff areas, according to a news release.

Due to the COVD-19 pandemic, the 2020 annual CAVHS Volunteer Recognition ceremony and luncheon was cancelled. However, VA Volunteer Service (VAVS) Chief Michael Dobbs recognized volunteers from 31 organizations for their service by sending awards through the mail.

Dobbs is planning an appreciation luncheon later in the year, according to a news release.

U.S.D. 1812 members are “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.

U.S.D. 1812 has held numerous luncheons and receptions honoring veterans of all wars along with their Gold Star Families. In addition to the official VA hours, U.S.D. 1812 members spend countless hours traveling, collecting clothing and toiletries for indigent veterans and delivering to the VA and St. Francis House, a transitional facility for homeless veterans.

National Volunteer Week is celebrated inf April. The Veterans Administration (VA) recognizes and awards volunteers and organizations for their service. This is done to honor the volunteers and to encourage more Americans to volunteer. CAVHS reported nearly 800 volunteers contributed more than 90,000 hours during 2019 in Central Arkansas.

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