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AARP Leader Honored for Work with Veterans

AARP leader Rawle Andrews Jr. has been honored for working to provide services for the half-million veterans who call Maryland home. (AARP)
AARP leader Rawle Andrews Jr. has been honored for working to provide services for the half-million veterans who call Maryland home. (AARP)
March 1, 2016

BALTIMORE - Maryland has almost half a million veterans, and a large number of military personnel and national guardsmen, with many of them at or near retirement age.

A man who has worked to make life easier for them has been honored by the National Association for Black Veterans.

Rawle Andrews Jr., a regional vice president with AARP, has been given the Decatur Trotter Humanitarian Award.

He also helped AARP establish a "Salute to Veterans," and worked on a conference for female veterans with Morgan State University in Baltimore. Andrews says his work with vets and their caregivers has grown.

"What started off as a very Baltimore, Central Maryland initiative, ultimately now has vaulted into a day-to-day 365 effort to work with veterans at various levels of the socioeconomic strata," " says Andrews.

He adds saluting these men and women is the very least people can do to thank those who have sacrificed for the freedoms enjoyed in the United States.

Andrews says veterans suffer from a wide range of problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many don't even realize it or know where to get help.

"Coping with undiagnosed or untreated PTSD makes it difficult to actually engage with society," he explains. "Just going to the grocery store or the convenience store or the supermarket or the pharmacist could be difficult."

Andrews says caregivers who spend countless hours helping those who have served their country need to be recognized as well. He says America has 22 million veterans, a little over 2 million of whom are women and almost 10 million age 65 and older.

He says more needs to be done to recognize and protect them, and notes that AARP holds a Veterans Legislative Day event in Annapolis on March 31.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD