Larry Hebert is the Buddy-to-Buddy Program’s May 2016 Volunteer of the Month! He trained to become a Volunteer Veteran last summer and has been an ardent advocate of Buddy-to-Buddy since day one, going the extra mile by covering not just one but two armories, assisting the soldiers at the 1434 and 1431 Engineering Companies at Baraga and Calumet.
He has connected numerous soldiers with benefits/claims and health issues to the resources they needed. Not only does he show total dedication to the soldiers at Baraga and Calumet, Larry also goes above and beyond by representing the program at various events.
Larry served in the Army National Guard from 1975-82, working in the 107th Combat Engineers Company and the 101st Airborne in Michigan before being reclassified and working in the 10th Transportation Battalion at Fort Eustis in Virginia. After his time in the National Guard, Larry worked as an automobile services manager and as a sawmill machine operator. Larry says that through his work with Buddy-to-Buddy, he loves directly assisting young soldiers and helping them understand their benefits and how to access them. He is affiliated with multiple veterans organizations, including the DAV, American Legion, AMVETS, and VFW. Through the American Legion, he folded and presented the flag at military funerals over a hundred times.
Larry learned about Buddy-to-Buddy a few years ago when he met Buddy-to Buddy Program Manager, Stephanie Zarb, at an AMVETS convention. A couple of years later, he had more free time and decided to apply to train to be a Volunteer Veteran for Buddy-to-Buddy and since his training has enjoyed being able to “help young soldiers get the help they need quickly.“ Larry’s wife is also a veteran and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. In his free time, Larry enjoys riding his motorcycle, snowmobiling, and fishing, for which he has a collection of over 100 fishing poles.
Thank you for your heartfelt commitment to assisting other veterans, Larry!