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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:43 am, Mon Nov 11, 2013.

Bob Crouch, 45, does volunteer work for his church, Grace United Methodist in Copperas Cove, and for several other organizations.

An Army veteran, Crouch is the vice president of operations for the National Mounted Warfare Foundation in Killeen, a nonprofit organization working to build a state-of-the-art museum at Fort Hood to honor soldiers who have served there.

What is some of the work you do with Grace United Methodist Church?

This is my second year as the director of the fall festival. I’m also very involved with our youth group. I’ve gone on our annual youth mission trip for the last three years. Last year, we helped build a total of 15 wheelchair ramps, built a chicken coop and a bunch of other things to help support the folks in need in Lawton, (Okla.) I’ve also been on the finance committee and done publicity for the church.

What other volunteer work do you do in the community?

I’ve been a Boy Scout leader for Troop 253 in Copperas Cove/Kempner since 2002. I volunteer with the Rotary Club, and we do a number of things in the community. I’m also a member of Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans and the president of the 13th COSCOM Association, the alumni association for the 13th Sustainment Command on Fort Hood. I’m also active in the VFW, American Legion and Military Officer’s Association of America.

How many hours do you spend volunteering?

My volunteer hours probably average around six to eight hours per week.

Why is it so important to give back to the community through volunteer work?

After living (in Cove) for nine years and being on the receiving end of all the support that the community gives to Fort Hood and the soldiers, once I retired, it was time to be on the giving end and to help out people that needed it. It makes for a strong community.

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