Transportation Program Manager honored by VA Secretary

On July 1st, VA Secretary Robert Wilke toured the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. During his tour, he presented his Challenge Coin to 5 individuals for their outstanding leadership and tireless efforts. Among those honored was Patty Davis, a DAV Auxiliary Volunteer and the DAV Transportation Program Manager.

Davis has volunteered and managed the DAV Transportation Program at the Zablocki Medical Center for over 21 years. During this span, she has accumulated over 35,500 volunteer hours.

As DAV Transportation Manager, Davis arranges the DAV Van schedule in the Milwaukee area and oversees the operation of DAV Vans in southern Wisconsin. Since October 2018, van drivers under her supervision have driven 248,064 miles, registered 23,197 volunteer hours and transported nearly 14,000 veterans to and from their VA medical appointments.

Additionally, she mentors Compensated Work Therapy employees and others. Her dedication has earned the respect of Veterans, Volunteers, VA Medical Center Staff, and her DAV colleagues.

Upon receiving her award, Davis said, “I am very pleased, but pleased is probably the wrong word. I’m very honored. It’s nice that I was recognized, but I don’t do it for the recognition. You do it because it’s what needs to be done. Everyone makes this happen in here, not just me.”

She added, “It’s on my shelf of honor, between my family pictures and my Packers football.”

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