Great choice for U.P. Veteran of the Year

It’s hard to imagine a more deserving recipient for the prestigious Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year award than Larry Lee Dillman.

The Negaunee man, who is a Vietman War veteran, was recently notified that he was the 2017 winner. Dillman served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 24 years, retiring as a master sergeant before working another 15 years as civilian security for the Navy Communications Site ELF.

According to a news release from the U.P. Veteran of the Year Committee, Dillman is a “veteran’s veteran,” a community-minded citizen and a family man who works tirelessly on behalf of local veterans.

For many years, Dillman served a year as VFW District 14 commander, representing the VFW’s 14th District by participating in the Mackinac Bridge Walk.

He currently serves as hospital chairman, legislative chairman and is chief of staff for District 14; he writes and helps prepare the VFW Post 3165 newsletter; participates in the Jacobetti Home for Veterans annual picnic and Christmas party and is involved with the joint Flag Day ceremony with the Negaunee Elks Club.

In addition, he serves on the Negaunee Commission on Aging; the Negaunee Rod and Gun Club; National Rifle Association; Negaunee Elks Lodge 1116; Negaunee Eagles Aerie 1944; and is a member of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

He is active in his church, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Negaunee, and leads the church council and property committees.

And we haven’t even mentioned his numerous military citations and awards, which include, but are not limited to, the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He is a member of American Legion Post 114 and VFW post 3165.

The VFW news release noted, “This veteran has participated…for many years and donates approximately 60-80 hours a month to various volunteer organizations. Many veterans participate in either veterans or civic organizations, but he has uniquely combined his efforts to excel in both.”

Dillman is that veteran that makes the above-mentioned programs go. Without people like him, a lot of veterans and many others would be without essential services. We offer our congratulations.

Mining Journal (Marquette)