DUBLIN, Ga. — The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin serves more than 30,000 veterans each year, but it is not every day the employees who serve are honored.
Judith Foster has called Central Georgia home since 2014, and says her husband's service in the military helped her step up to serve veterans. She says she never imagined her heart to serve would turn into a Salute to Service Award from the Code of Support Foundation.
"My first position was with the suicide prevention program," Foster said.
She has had a passion to serve those who've put everything on the line.
"Then I transferred over to the HUD/VASH program which helps veterans who are homeless," Foster said.
Foster says most of her family served in the military.
"So it just kind of made sense to work at the VA," Foster said.
That makes her job a 'no-brainer' to get veterans connected with resources to get them back on their feet.
"To be able to then become independent, and be able to move from that program, and to gain independent housing," Foster said.
Foster works with hundreds of veterans each day at the Dublin VA, but little did she know her hard work would one day get her an award.
"An important piece of the HUD/VASH program is to perform community partnerships. We need them to help support the veterans," Foster said.
One of those partnerships is with the Code of Support Foundation, a non-profit that serves more than 3,000 service members, veterans, and their families across the country. They awarded Foster the Salute to Service Award back in April.
"My family also was very, very proud," Foster said.
They're proud of an employee who is honored to serve vets and their families each day.
Foster now works as a social worker with the VA, helping patients with psycho-social disorders.
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