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Vets Honor VA Hospital Ambassador

Five days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ted Siekerman, 82, can be found at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center. From his post at the ambassador desk in the lobby, the Medical Lake resident welcomes visitors, helping them find their way around the sprawling campus. He greets returning patients and guests like old friends. He’s been on the job for 29 years – but job is not an accurate description. Siekerman is a volunteer. In July, he received the Volunteer Award from the American Legion at the Washington Department Convention in Wenatchee. Although Siekerman is just one of 400 volunteers at the VA, his statistics are impressive. He’s racked up more than 40,000 hours of service/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

Question: Do you volunteer anywhere?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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