The act of giving and volunteerism can be contagious in the Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) Red Cross Office. WAMC Red Cross volunteers honor our nation's sacred trust to care for those who wear and have worn the uniform and their Families.
The WAMC Red Cross Program augments the hospital staff with kind-hearted professional volunteers such as surgeons, doctors, all levels of nurses, hospitality specialist, dental assistants, youth and many more.
Volunteers performing in privileged and non-privileged capacities complete the same credentialing process as permanent hospital staff members.
Retired U. S. Special Forces 1st Sgt. Glenn Lane, a hospitality specialist in the WAMC Red Cross Program, has been volunteering at the hospital since 1986.
Lane recounts his days fighting in the “Battle of Pork Chop Hill” and his first interactions with volunteers from the Red Cross program.
“I had my hind tail blown off and I wasn’t expected to live,” Lane said. “A Red Cross volunteer would bring me anything that I wanted at the time to my bedside. I was in the hospital for 15 months.”
Ever since that encounter with the Red Cross years ago, Lane expressed how he wanted to pay them back for taking such good care of him and he wanted to do the same for other Soldiers when he had the chance.
Karen Conder, a LaFlamme dental assistant, was once a stay-at home Army spouse stationed in Germany looking to get involved after her children started school.
“I found myself looking for something to do after the kids were all gone off to school,” Conder said. “I did a little research and found the Red Cross Dental Assistant program.”
Conder received the training in the early ‘90s in Germany and got hired on in a small clinic on post.
“This certification allows the Family members to gain skills for employment wherever they go throughout their military career,” said Taylor.
Conder has been employed as a dental assistant with the military for more than 20 years and is currently teaching new dental assistants in the WAMC Red Cross Dental Assistant Program. The dental program along with a few other Red Cross programs help foster a sense of volunteerism in the community.
“These programs allow all of our volunteers to be exposed to different branches of medicine and we like to introduce them early starting with our summer youth program,” Taylor said.
The summer youth program allows children between the ages of 14 and 17 to learn about the various aspects of medicine, medical research and health care delivery.
“We are setting up the next generation of military providers,” Taylor said.
The WAMC Red Cross is currently looking for applicants for this year’s summer youth program. The applications are due to the WAMC Red Cross office by May 14.
For more information on any of the WAMC Red Cross Volunteer programs contact Cindy Taylor at (910) 907-7124 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.