Paul Jingozian is the Buddy-to-Buddy Program’s April 2016 Volunteer of the Month! Paul was part of the first group of Volunteer Veterans trained by the program and does an excellent job of representing the program both through his work assisting the soldiers in his assigned armory and as a tireless advocate for veterans in Michigan.
Not only has Paul assisted numerous soldiers serving in the 1072 MAINT CO, CO A 1-125 IN at the Detroit Light Guard with a range of concerns, he continually links veterans throughout SE Michigan dealing with issues including health, financial, educational, and emotional to services that help improve their quality of life.
Paul served in the Army from 1967-1969, which included a tour in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. Since his time in college as a student athlete at Michigan State University was interrupted by his enlistment, Paul completed his degree in Business Management after he returned from serving in Vietnam. After that, he worked in the insurance, bar/restaurant management, and medical billing industries, and, at one point in the 80s, served as the agent for two Red Wings players. Volunteering and engaging with the community is a way of life for Paul, who is a member of the Washtenaw County Chapter of the VVA, VFW 6896 in Westland, the Polish Legion of American Veterans, and Disabled American Veterans. At the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, he co-chairs the Veterans Council, chairs the Voluntary Services Committee, and facilitates veterans wellness groups as well as mentoring veterans at the 15th District Court.
While volunteering at the Ann Arbor VA, Paul learned about Buddy-to-Buddy from one of the program’s first volunteers, Don Behm, and soon trained and joined the program because he wanted to help younger veterans adjust after returning from deployments. He has built enduring relationships with many of the soldiers in his assigned armory and explains that being able to help so many fellow veterans “Does my heart good. You get a great feeling when you’re helping someone.” When Paul is not volunteering, he enjoys going to USA Hockey games and coaching the VFW 423 baseball team.
Thank you for your dedication to serving other veterans, Paul!