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A Kentucky Winner - ENVSC Monthly Newsletter

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks is proud to announce that Brian Kinney of Cynthiana, Ky., Lodge No. 438 was awarded the VA NAC Male Volunteer of the Year for 2023!

(Brian, at left, poses with his award alongside CDCE Deputy Director Prince Taylor and Kentucky State Veterans Chair Martin Harbolot.)

This national award is given by the CDCE National Advisory Committee to one man and one woman every year to recognize outstanding volunteers from organizations across the nation.

Brian has been a Voluntary Service Representative at the Lexington VA Medical Center since March of 2018, and an advocate for veterans for much longer. A Navy veteran himself, Brian is truly dedicated to his volunteer work.

Brian works as the Volunteer Office Supply Manager 2-3 days each week, averaging 100-120 hours a month. He escorts patients to tests and appointments and has a knack for quickly making friends with the veterans he is transporting. In addition to his regular volunteer work, Brian coordinates monthly events to celebrate holidays and brighten up the days of the veterans in the Community Living Center and the Mental Health Residential Rehab Treatment Program. From handing out Valentine’s candy to throwing Derby parties (complete with pies and non-alcoholic mint juleps) to planning pizza Fridays, Brian is always caring for the veterans in his community with dedication and joy.

Brian’s love of service is evident in how he spends his time, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He ends each of his reports to the Elks office by saying “I enjoy helping my fellow Veterans and I enjoy what I do. I would do it anyway, but I am so thankful to the Elks for the support you give me to help my fellow Veterans!”

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