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Reporting for Duty: A Retired Army Colonel at the Red Cross

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In October of 2010, Retired Colonel Benjamin F. Robinson retired from a second career in civil service. The following week, Robinson walked through the front doors of the American Red Cross and said he was ready to volunteer. No time for relaxing – he had work to do.

“There was no way I could sit at home and watch As the World Turns. I always said if I had the opportunity to pay back the Red Cross, I would,” Robinson said.

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For four years now, Robinson has been volunteering three days a week with the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, answering those very calls. While he describes it as an intense learning program, he is intrigued by the daily efforts of the surrounding staff and volunteers.

Read the details of how Col. Ben first encountered the Red Cross during his mother’s illness, how he worked with the Red Cross during his time in Vietnam and more with the full scoop on redcross.org.

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