Pair honored for work with veterans
The Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory Council recognized a pair of individuals for their dedication and commitment to serving veterans at its monthly meeting Feb. 25 at the Veterans Resource Center of Florence.
Vickie Gimla was named the 2020 Pee Dee Area Person of the Year. Calvin Quick Jr., was honored with the 2020 Pee Dee Area Veteran of the Year Award.
Gimla, who serves as president of the American Legion Post 1 Auxiliary, was presented her award by Veterans Resource Center Executive Director C.B. Anderson.
In making the presentation Anderson shared a listed of Gilma’s efforts, which includes volunteering at several hospice centers, serving as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post 1 Auxiliary, and managing the finances for the Girls State program.
She is also a member and historian of the Widows and Widowers organization in Florence.
Gilma runs an annual program to collect food for needy veterans’ families for the holidays. She also works with the Toys for Tots program.
“Post 1 is very proud of Vickie and very grateful to her for her hard work and dedication to veterans,” said Post 1 Commander Ken Curran.
Curran went on to say that Gilma is “an unsung hero for veterans. She quietly operates under the radar, doing a million things for veterans, their families and the youth of our area.”
Quick, a McLeod Hospice Volunteer, was honored for his extraordinary commitment and participation in the betterment of veterans in the Pee Dee area.
Quick pins patients for the U.S. Army Airborne. McLeod Hospice began honoring its veteran patients in 2017 through the “We Honor Veterans” program, a nationally sponsored Hospice Veteran Partnership. When the Hospice team learns that a patient is a veteran they arrange a “veteran to veteran” pinning ceremony at the patient’s home, assisting living facility, nursing home or in the McLeod Hospice House to thank them for the sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty and country. The program has been very well received and to date more than 300 McLeod Hospice patients have been pinned.