Thankful for Our Veterans Service in and out of Uniform

IN 2017 I was honored to nominate and attend the medal ceremony for one of our long standing supporters, foster, adopter and volunteer, Lt Commander Mike Digman (now retired). The military has the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and we are honored to have three volunteers within our organization who have earned this medal. This Veterans Day we are so appreciative of of all our military and the service in and out of the uniform. Our world is a better place because of their dedication to service.

Since 2001, Great Dane Rescue of North Texas has been 100 per cent operated by dedicated volunteers, private donations and generous supporters. Without their dedication we simply could not exist and make such a positive impact. It is no surprise that some of those same people serve all of us with their service to our military. In our midst we have active, inactive and retired military who demonstrate their dedication to serve.

The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal recognizes those members of the military (active duty, reserve and national guard) who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces. Recently I was honored to put forward a volunteer’s service and attend the Ceremony awarding this medal to Lieutenant Commander Michael Digman at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

Since 2002 Lieutenant Commander Digman has been a valuable member of Great Dane Rescue of North Texas, Inc as a volunteer, supporter, adopter and foster home for otherwise discarded great danes saved from the shelter system. Lieutenant Commander Digman has proven to be a go-to volunteer in emergencies and spends countless personal hours volunteering in many ways.

Mike and his beautiful wife Liz, have supported GDRNT by fostering, transporting, adopting, and have been the driving force or our last three Diva Dudes and Danes. Over the years we have come to rely on their dedicated, get it done approach and friendship.

It is not often that we can so publicly Honor our deserving volunteers so have Lieutenant Commander Digman’s service to GDRNT recognized by the Navy was very special.