Alfred Olson- ServeMontana Award

Al Olson

ServeMontana Awards- L to R: First Lady Nancy Schweitzer, Al Olson, Commission Vice Chair Karin Billings, and Lt. Governor John Bohlinger

Alfred “Al” Olson, from Miles City, was a 2012 recipient of a ServeMontana Award for his dedication to veterans in Montana.

Al is a volunteer with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Miles City. As a veteran of the Air Force, Al is committed to helping veterans access healthcare. He has volunteered more than 2,400 hours to drive veterans to clinics and hospitals in Sturgis, SD, Sheridan, WY, Helena, Glendive, and Billings from the VA Medical Center in Miles City.

Betty Vail, RSVP Program Director, writes about Al, “He [showed] his dedication and service to veterans on a trip to Helena in the summer of 2011. Al left Miles City on Monday morning for Ft. Harrison believing he would be returning with his veteran passenger on Tuesday. Upon his arriving at Ft. Harrison he found that the veteran would be having surgery and did not have any family meeting him. Al served as the veteran’s caregiver for the next two days, helping him find his way around Ft. Harrison, assisting in the room after surgery and during the drive home on Wednesday afternoon. Al also spent Wednesday night at a Billings motel with the veteran before returning to Miles City on Thursday.”

Al is Dependable, Cheerful, and Optimistic!

Miles City RSVO

Al Olson pictured with fellow RSVP volunteers in Miles City

Eight ServeMontana Awards were presented to outstanding volunteers during the 2012 ServeMontana Symposium in February. RSVP is one of the three Senior Corps programs that are part of the National Service family in Montana. There are more than 7,900 National Service participants serving in Montana through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, or Learn and Serve America.
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