Local veteran volunteers
Michael Rogan spent 22 years as an Army medic, including four years of active duty service and 18 years in the active reserve, and a nurse.
After a second brain injury in 2013, Rogan was unable to work and turned to volunteering in two familiar fields at AseraCare Hospice in Clarks Summit.
He puts veterans’ services first and AseraCare counts on Rogan to be there for their patients.
Rogan participates in the Volunteer We Honor Veterans Program and attends AseraCare’s interdisciplinary team meetings and staff meetings to bring updates of the patients assigned to his care.
A homeless veteran suffering from trauma from active duty became a patient of the hospice. Rogan visited him daily during the last week of his life to build trust. After he died, Rogan arranged to bury the veteran with military respects and honors, and had a stone set with the man’s name. The hospice provided a full burial service for the man, who did have not any family or funds.
Rogan has also performed more than 300 pinnings to veterans and participated in more than 100 memorial services. Dressed in his full military attire, he also presents the We Honor Veterans Award to patients.
Rogan, who has accepted his medical condition, post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions, has become a Wounded Healer. He reaches out to many of AseraCare’s terminally ill patients and shares his stories of recovery and service with them. He is a listening presence to those in need.
AseraCare’s terminally ill patients who suffer from addictions and PTSD benefit from Rogan’s visits and conversations. He also brings the AA program to the bedside of those in need.
Rogan is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7069, performs memorial service honors and firing squads at funerals, and participates in the Friends of the Forgotten and Veterans Promise-PTSD support groups.
He is also a Lackawanna County Veterans Drug and Alcohol Prevention mentor and conducts AA/NA meetings weekly.
Teamsters Local Union 229 Secretary Treasurer Craig Pawlik, along with the executive board, recently announced the five winners of the 2018/2019 college scholarship program.
Teresea Allen, daughter of UPS employee member Gene Allen, was the recipient of the 1st Year Scholarship. John Culkin, son of William Culkin UPSF, was also a lst Year Scholarship recipient.
Austin Smithonic, son of Dave Smithonic, New Penn Motor Express; Nicholas Woronchuk, son of Scott Ceresi, New Penn Motor Express; and Lauren Walker, daughter of Richard Walker, Topps Co., received Continuing Education Scholarships.
Each recipient received $500 from the Teamsters Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Valley View’s Ian Kovatch will represent his high school as the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leader for the 2018-2019 school year.
Ian will join more than 250 high school sophomores from Pennsylvania at the State Leadership Conference at Shippensburg University this spring.
At the conference, Ian will explore leadership from different perspectives: individual, group and society; and cultivate his leadership skills through workshops, according to the school.
The goal is for Ian to return to Valley View with increased skills and inspiration to take action for increased programming at his school and in the communities and the world.