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By Jay Eastlick,
Director of Communications
Lt. Governor’s Office
On Oct. 31, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder presented John Roush Jr. of Excelsior Springs with the Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Service Award in recognition of his tireless volunteerism on behalf of veterans in Excelsior Springs.
Lt. Governor Kinder made the presentation at the VA Clinic in Excelsior Springs, where Roush volunteers every Wednesday, helping veterans with their benefits and medical forms.
“As a young man, when his nation called, John Roush Jr. answered that call, serving in the U.S. Army,” Kinder said. “Like many of Missouri’s veterans, his service didn’t end when his hitch in the Army was over. Instead, John has continued to serve Missouri and the Excelsior Springs area, giving back to his community through countless hours of volunteer service.”
Roush is very active in veteran’s organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America and the American Legion. He is a voluntary service officer for the Lawson VFW Post 6278 and the VFW District 1 service office chairman, where he trains other volunteers. As District 1 POW/MIA chairman, he provides POW/MIA commentary for other VFW posts and trains veterans to do the same.
He spent 20 years in active military service, mostly working in air defense artillery for the Army. On retirement from active duty, Roush said he began a 33-year career with the post service, including stops in Camden, Rayville and Orrick, in addition to 25 years with the post office in Excelsior Springs.
Kinder highlighted Roush’s work each week at the VA Clinic, where he helps other veterans complete forms for VA benefits, compensation and pensions.
“As with any bureaucracy, there’s always a lot of paperwork,” Kinder said, “and the help John provides is invaluable to the veterans who come to the clinic.”
Kinder received 140 nominations for the Veterans Service Award, which recognizes Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities. Roush received an official declaration from the lieutenant governor’s office recognizing his service.
“The same strong sense of duty and patriotism you showed in your service to your nation, you now show in your commitment to Excelsior Springs’ veterans,” Kinder said. “(This award) is just one small way our state can say, ‘Thank you’ to our veterans and honor the sacrifices they continue to make for their communities and their state.”