Veteran Hero - People's Choice

William Schultz

Position: Community Volunteer

Organization: Alzheimer's Orange County


As a WWII veteran who proudly served our country, Bill is a member of the Association of Naval Aviators, where he has made a presentation, and he also had a long history of volunteering as a Docent at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and at Lyon Air Museum, which houses the largest private collection of aircraft, cars and WWII memorabilia. In this setting, he serves as a docent and has led hundreds of tours, which he personalizes by sharing his own experiences in WWII. For the past several years, Alzheimer's Orange County has brought groups of people with memory loss (many of whom are vets) to the museum for tours given by Bill which are especially tailored to their needs. These particular tours have sparked many memories and produced pride and self esteem in the Alzheimer's participants who have also served our county, which has been so touching to observe. Even though his wife passed four and a half years ago, Bill is still an active participant in support groups, where he continually brings updated information from his participation in Webinar and other internet activities. He is in touch with members of the support groups by internet, phone, and sometimes a lunch meeting. Bill served on a special panel at Alzheimer’s of Orange County, with two medical doctors to address the question, “What do I wish I knew then, that I know now, about Lewy Body Dementia, as a caregiver caring for my wife?” Bill is an active member of the Freedom Committee of Orange County, FCOC. Our main reason for existence is to have veterans go the Middle School and High School classes to tell of our personal experiences in WW II, Korea, or Vietnam, as Living History. He also assisted our last Pearl Harbor Survivor, Howard Bender, in his presentation to the FCOC last December. It is this special devotion that Bill has toward seniors and caregiving families that has inspired me to nominate him for this special award.

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