Service then and now

Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict of 1953. There were many nights sleeping on the ground in all kinds of weather. Jim drove jeep for officers, starting with the company commander and working his way up to the battalion commander, a full Colonel. It was a good experience for Jim.
When Jim retired, he decided he needed something to fill his time during the winter months. He answered a notice in the Brainerd Dispatch about volunteers needed to help seniors. Jim has served as a Senior Companion for 9 years, seeing 5-8 clients a week in Crow Wing County.
“Jim has successfully helped keep clients in their least restrictive environment. He is a huge asset to the program. He has proven his abilities repeatedly, working with some of the more challenging cases” Teresia Mortenson, Crow Wing Co. Social Services.
"It's educational," he said. "I've learned a lot from these guys. Almost all without exception are extremely grateful for what we do for them. If you're going to do something; you might as well do something worthwhile that's helping someone."

-Ann Terlizzi