At MobilityWorks, we are proud to support our nation’s veterans, and recognize the incredible sacrifices they and their families make. Our very own service manager in San Diego, George Reuss, has committed his life to serving fellow veterans in his state of California.
George began his journey in the US Navy from 1976-1998, during which time he served in the Gulf War in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After retirement, he decided to dedicate his time to helping fellow veterans. While working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he served as California’s District 1 Commander from 2015-2016 and is currently serving as the chairman of the Buddy Poppy Committee for the second year.
He has also worked with several organizations including Disabled Veteran Americans (DAV), Aspire Center, American Legion, Veterans Supplemental Support Group, and the Eagles. These organizations all act in some way to serve veterans, their families, and recovering and wounded warriors. George has spent over 1,500 hours volunteering through these different organizations since his time of retirement from the military. He has also worked to raise over $245,000 in donations and helped to provide over 2,500 meals to those in need during 2017.
On September 15, 2018, George was recognized for his hard work and commitment to helping veterans in the state of California and beyond. He received the Salute to Heroes Award in Temecula, California, presented by the Veterans Supplemental Support Network. This award is presented annually to Veterans who show outstanding commitment to helping those around them. George was recognized for his work including fund raising, rebuilding homes, donating transportation equipment, and visiting veterans while in the hospital. The award was granted by Congressman Mark Takano of the 41st District of California as a Certificate of Congressional Recognition.
In 2016 there were over 20 million veterans reported in the United States. Almost a fifth of these veterans have a service-connected disability. There are so many ways to help service members in your community, either through national or local organizations. To find somewhere near you to volunteer, you can search through the VolunteerMatch website.