Dennis VanZuiden Awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal


Pursuant to SECNAVINST 1650.1J VanZuiden was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for outstanding public service while serving as the Senior Vice Commander and Building Committee Chairman for Morrison American Legion Post 328 from August 2018 to August 2021.

Dennis selflessly devoted over 680 off duty hours in support of the American Legion in which he established a team and oversaw the renovations for the Post. With experience and skill, ensured the renovations of a full kitchen, foyer and furnace room were completed despite several obstacles and COVID-19 restrictions.

Additionally, as a member of the Posts Honor Guard he also rendered 28 military funeral honors, marched in numerous parades and honorably laid wreaths for both Wreaths Across America at the Lusk Cemetery in Albany IL and Morrison Memorial Day Assembly at Grove Hill Cemetery.

His dedication and tenacious commitment to the community during off duty hours is an inspiration to all. Those actions have helped to ensure the continued success of the Legion Post and the positive development of military-community interaction.

His genuine concern for others and generous spirit reflect high regard of the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, Commitment as well the Preamble to the American Legion’s Constitution.

Presented on behalf of Navy Commander S.L. Brown by Post Commander L.J. Zuidema.

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