92-year-old volunteer honored as Louisiana's Salute to Senior Service Winner

92-year-old volunteer honored as Louisiana's Salute to Senior Service Winner

POSTED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 5:04am

A 92-year-old Bossier City man has been honored as the Louisiana winner of the Home Instead Senior Care(r) network's Salute to Senior ServiceSM award. Steve dePyssler is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The Salute to Senior Service program was launched this year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors' commitments to their causes and communities. As one of 50 state winners, dePyssler earned a spot in the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on the SalutetoSeniorService.com website where his nomination story also has been posted.

In his many various roles with the Barksdale Air Force Base, dePyssler has helped support our military men and women as they serve the nation.

He even established a unique program at Barksdale Air Force Base to assist separating or retiring military members as they process VA service disability claims.

"Steve is a valued member of the community and a senior hero to many," said President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Huber of Home Instead, Inc. "He has shown that volunteer opportunities for older adults should not diminish because of age. Seniors such as Steve are making important contributions to their communities through charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities."

As a state winner, dePyssler was considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award. The national award was presented to Clark Paradise of Lakewood, NJ, who was honored for his work with Your Grandmother's Cupboard, a nonprofit organization he and his wife founded to meet the needs of the thousands of homeless families throughout New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A $5,000 gift will be donated by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, to the Paradise's nonprofit charity of choice.

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