Army veteran honored for 30 years of service to Red Cross

By Brittany Jennings

Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Glenn Lane, of Fayetteville, N.C., was wounded three times in the Korean War. He took bullets to the chest and stomach in

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CSM (Ret) Glenn Lane receives recognition from Col. Lance Raney in Fayetteville, N.C., for his 30 years of service to the Red Cross.

Vietnam and spent 15 months recovering in the hospital.

 

Yet when he retired from the Army, he wanted to give back to the service members who experienced trauma and injury during war.

So in 1986, Glen joined the American Red Cross on Fort Bragg and began volunteering at Womack Army Medical Center. He’s now put in 30 years of volunteer service to the Red Cross, logging more than 10,000 volunteer hours.

“It’s just something I like to do,” Glenn said. “The time [Red Cross volunteers] are putting in is good for the people in the hospital.”

At the hospital, Glenn typically mingles with patients, copies records for physicians, and serves as the mailman by delivering newspapers to patients. He’s there every Wednesday and Friday.

On Aug. 3, command at Fort Bragg honored Glenn for his extraordinary service to the country, and service members recovering at home. Command hosted a luncheon and presented Glenn with an American flag. The flag was flown on the base that day in his honor.

“Glenn is a quiet hero and a selfless volunteer,” said Jeannette Salcedo, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces manager. “He is dedicated to serving our military members and we are truly honored to have him be a part of our Red Cross family.”

When he’s not donning his Red Cross volunteer vest, Glenn, now 87, said he enjoys participating in athletic events. He has completed Fort Bragg’s All American Half-Marathon twice, and each year he runs in the Fort Bragg 10-Miler.

As for the future, Glenn said he has no plans to stop volunteering with the Red Cross, adding, “I don’t want to ever quit.”

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