Gretchen Davies, a life member of West Allis Unit #19, is the recipient of this year’s George H. Seal Award for the DAV Auxiliary.
Gretchen, who is also a disabled veteran and life member of West Allis Chapter #19, has been a long-time volunteer at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. She volunteers in many capacities at the VA, including in the DAV Transportation Office, picking up payroll cards throughout the hospital, the escort department, community living, green house, field trip for inpatients, and as a walking partner for the Vets Club. She volunteers five days per week between four and seven hours a day! A retiree of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Gretchen has a heart for serving her fellow brothers and sisters and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Not only is Gretchen active at the VA Medical Center, but she is also very active with West Allis Unit #19. She volunteers with the unit at fundraising events: brat fries, Forget-Me-Not drives, and activities hosted by the unit, including the annual Thanksgiving dinner and Salute to Hospitalized Veterans events. She can always be depended on for tasks that need to be completed and is always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile.
When Ms. Davies found out that she was the recipient of this year’s award she thought it was a joke. John Kleindienst, DAV National Voluntary Services Director, contacted her by phone and she initially did not answer. After she was encouraged to call John back, she still did not believe she was being awarded this honor and was speechless. She commits herself as volunteer not for the accolades, but because she feels it is the right thing to do.
Gretchen will be presented the George H. Seal trophy during the 2020 National Convention in Dallas, Texas, this August. Please join us in congratulating Gretchen for this most deserving award.