Dionne Isadore – Plymouth Whalers’ Vet of the Game, January 10, 2015

Dionne Isadore was Plymouth Whalers’ Veteran of the Game on January 10, 2015. Dionne has been a volunteer with the Buddy-to-Buddy program since January 2013. She served in several administrative roles in the United States Army from 1990-1997 including as the Battalion Mailroom Supervisor while stationed in Germany. She was in the Army Reserves from 1997 to 1998. After separating from the Army, Dionne completed education to become a Registered Nurse and a Certified Fitness Trainer. 


Pete Raciti – Plymouth Whalers’ Vet of the Game, January 09, 2015

Pete Raciti was Plymouth Whalers’ Veteran of the Game on January 09, 2015. Pete has been with the Buddy-to-Buddy Program since 2010 and has been a dedicated volunteer in Washtenaw County ever since. Pete served in the US Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988, when he was honorably discharged. Since separating from the military, Pete has worked in the business field.


Mike McTaggart – Plymouth Whalers’ Vet of the Game, December 06, 2014

Mike McTaggart was Plymouth Whalers’ Veteran of the Game on December 06, 2014. Mike has been with the program since October of 2013. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1998 to 2002, separating as an E-4. He deployed to Kosovo and Afghanistan in his time with the military. Currently, Mike works as a groundskeeper at the University of Michigan. Mike is part of many service organizations, including AmVets and the American Legion.


Dan Oltesvig – Plymouth Whalers’ Vet of the Game, November 29, 2014

Dan Oltesvig was Plymouth Whalers’ Veteran of the Game on November 29, 2014. Dan has been with the Buddy-to-Buddy Program since September 2014. He served in the US Army for 26 and a half years, from 1974 to 2000. He was honorably discharged as an E-9. Since separating from the military, Dan had a great career at Siemens Energy, from which he retired in 2013. Dan continues to volunteer his time to help veterans of all branches.


Paul Jingozian – Michigan Football Veteran of the Game, August 30, 2014

Paul Jingozian, at the age of 19, joined the U.S. Army in 1967 with the Fourth Infantry Division. He served as a “tunnel rat” during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1969. After being wounded during the Tet Offensive in 1968 and coming down with malaria, he was re-assigned to the Delta 52nd Infantry, stationed in Long Binh, after his release from the hospital. For the past seven years, Paul has been volunteering at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and has already donated more than 5,550 hours of dedicated service to his fellow veterans. 


Fred Turk – Calvary Award for Excellence, Awarded September 14, 2013

Fred Turk - Medal for Cavalry Excellence

Fred Turk – Medal for Cavalry Excellence

Fred is a West Michigan Volunteer Veteran, received an award from his unit, which was presented by the Colonel.  This was presented to him after many amazing examples of his dedication, hard work, and care for his unit.  Fred served in Vietnam, earning a Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Air Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, and earned a Purple Heart.  He joined Buddy-to-Buddy in 2011, and has been an active and highly effective volunteer ever since.  Congratulations, Fred!


Jon Luker – Plymouth Whalers’ Vet of the Game, November 9, 2013

Jon joined the Buddy-to-Buddy Program in 2012, and has always been an exemplary member of his community.  After serving in Vietnam for three years, Jon was honorably discharged and has been serving his community ever since.  Jon is a highly involved volunteer with the Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program, and was instrumental in helping to expand the program to the Selfridge Air Base.  Jon is a highly involved member of other non-profit programs for veterans including BRIDGE, Veterans Courts, VFW, American Legion, and US Army Special Forces Association.


Mark Lindke – Plymouth Whalers’ Vet of the Game, September 21, 2013

Mark has been with the Buddy-to-Buddy Program since June 2011, but our program is just one of the many ways he serves others.  Mark served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and after being honorably discharged, he began serving his fellow veterans and community members.  He devoted 38 years of service before retiring as the Director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010.  Mark has served as a the President of the Michigan Association of County Veteran Counselors.  He is also involved in Veterans Courts, working with former POWs, and he is a certified Service Officer who regularly helps veterans file claims and understand their benefits.