Vietnam War Veteran celebrates 25 years volunteering

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Carl Vinson VA Medical Center is recognizing Gus Albritton, a Vietnam War Veteran for dedicating 24,000 volunteer hours over the last 25 years.

Albritton was a patient at the medical center before he decided to volunteer. When he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a doctor recommended he should volunteer to cope with the disorder.

“Greeting people and having people smile to try to ease their burden when they come in,” said Albritton.

That’s what Albritton has been doing ever since and he says it’s improved his quality of life.

“It puts some value in my life and I get to share that enthusiasm with other people and see them respond in a positive way and really just try to help people,” Albritton said.

The Purple Heart recipient says he enjoys being able to help those who have gone through the same experience.

Dr. Frank Jordan, Chief of Communications at the VA is proud to have people like Albritton on their team.

“If all of us could capture the kind of dedication and devotion and ethical stance that Gus Albritton demonstrates in every aspect of his life, we would have an unstoppable world,” Jordan said. “He’s just a wonderful person.”