Where do you volunteer?

I volunteer at the USO warehouse. I assist in receiving and issuing out items to units and other agencies on Fort Hood. We supply the flight line for deploying soldiers. I am also the past president of the Noon Exchange Club, past president for the Texas District National Exchange and the vice chair for the Quad Cities Ride for a Child, a motorcycle rally that raises money to assist in the battle against child abuse in Central Texas. At this time, we are focusing on sponsorships from our community for our T-shirts and our advertisement booklets, which are distributed throughout Central Texas. I’m also a volunteer with Bring Us Into the Zone, and My Brother’s House food pantry; as well as serving as a board member for the Sunshine Home, and Boys & Girls Club of Copperas Cove.

How many hours do you volunteer?

About 25 to 30 hours a week.

 Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer to give back to the community; I’ve been fortunate and I’ve been blessed. We’ve lived in Central Texas since 1974 and being a native Texan you always want to give back to your community to make it a better place. I also volunteer on base because it’s a way to give back to our young men and women who deploy multiple times. Anything you can give back to the soldiers is a great thing.

Tell us about your life outside of volunteering.

I’ve been married for 44 years to my wife, Sandra. I have five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. I’ve been retired from the military for 18 years, after 24 years of active service in the U.S. Army. After I retired I continued to work at Fort Hood for a consumer credit counseling service for 10 years and then retired again.

To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.

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