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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

 
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Angels in our Midst (DAV Driver, Dan Williams)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
In 1965, he answered his country's call to serve.
30 years later, he heard the call again.
This time, he would volunteer for the work of the angels in our midst.

Voice of Dan Williams;  "Retired out of the Air Force,  I was in the fire department.
17 years, nine months, four days."

Tech Sergeant Dan Williams is proud of every year, every month and every day that he served in the U.S. Air Force.  After retirement, he became a truck driver then, in 1995 he returned to serve his country, and his community.

Dan;  "I went out to the VA at the old clinic ... they were looking for driver and so, I said, I love to drive ...."

So, he signed up to become a volunteer driver for the DAV, Disabled American Veterans.  He takes wounded warriors and sick veterans for medical care at the VA Hospital in Biloxi.  Still driving, but now he's transporting precious cargo.

Dan;  "I want them to know that I'm a safe driver and I care very much about what happens to them."

Patricienn Moreno, USN (ret), 20 year veteran;  "The van is a lifesaver. Because I do have appointments fairly often.
Not only does it save me on gas but the driving because I can't drive long distances anymore."  

Though he's one of them, Williams is in awe of the service and sacrifices of his fellow vets.  He relives history through living legends.

Dan;  "He is one of the original Tuskeegee Airmen and I hear a lot of stories from him.  And it's just an honor to take him over; and the other vets to take them over."
 
At 71 years old, Dan Williams is still running strong.  In 16 years , he has logged more than 268-thousand miles.  He makes stops all along the Gulf Coast picking up veterans, taking them for treatments and bringing them safely home again.  To him, it's just helping out a little.

Dan;  "Oh, I just love to drive, that's all.  And it's a good combination; me driving and taking care of the vets."

To his comrades, it's a match made in heaven.

Patricienn;  "I think it makes you appreciate everything even more.  You know, after  you've served your country, you come back... you have someone who's willing to go that extra mile for you."

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

Those vans that Dan and the other volunteers drive, have over 200-thousand miles on them.

As we remember the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this week, W.E.A.R. and our radio partners, Cat Country and Newsradio 1620, are asking you to help us help those who have served us best.
We are collecting donations to help buy a new van for the Disabled American Veterans.
Donations can be made to the DAV Chapter 23 and mailed or brought to the TV station at 4990 mobile highway.
We are also accepting donations, this Friday, at Cordova Mall, from 6a.m. 'til 6:30p.m.Angels in our Midst (DAV Driver, Dan Williams)


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