“It matched many of the skills I had when I was in the military and the skills I had when I worked for the VA,” Holtzclaw said.
He started volunteering at the West Los Angeles, VA Hospital in early 2020, but the program has been suspended because of the pandemic. However, he did not let that stop him. He quickly switched gears by joining the Red Cross. It provides up-to-date health information about military family members to men and women around the world.
“It’s a very meaningful way of volunteering. You meet great people, you meet people from all walks of life,” said Holtzclaw. “They really need our help and it’s very gratifying.”
The Red Cross values Holtzclaw’s military experience and facilitates relationships with military families
“Just because they have the perspective that they have served, they know a little better how to perhaps reach out to a family member properly, or how to reach out to a veteran or active service member – it just brings a lot of knowledge with it . “said Jocelyn Torres, Red Cross volunteer.
Holtzclaw has worn several hats with the Red Cross, from preparing for disasters to providing life-saving blood to hospitals across Southern California.
“You wouldn’t believe how many people and how many veterans are really humble when they receive care or information from the American Red Cross,” said Holtzclaw. “You really appreciate our work.”
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