LEWISTON – Maine veterans who have spent time in the past decade at Togus VA Medical Center likely have encountered a volunteer who made a difference. Marilyn Taylor is wrapping up more than 10,000 hours of service, but not before she recruited, inspired and trained many other volunteers to fill her shoes.

Because of her volunteer spirit and community involvement, Taylor will be the American Legion Auxiliary Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Volunteer of the Week featured on its Web site beginning Monday, March 13.

Taylor is a member of Smith-Tobey Post 21, American Legion, Auxiliary in Bath. Besides volunteering at the VA Medical Center, she has held many leadership positions locally and at the state level.

In nominating her for the recognition, leaders of the Maine American Legion Auxiliary said Taylor always tried to meet the needs of veterans following her motto: “No Veteran Shall Go Without While I’m Around.”

Often that meant she had to make special shopping trips for holiday events and for special care needs of individual patients.

“This woman exemplifies what we of the American Legion Auxiliary have been doing for generations,” said Carol Van Kirk, national president.

For more information, visit www.legion-aux.org, click on “About Us” and “Women of the Auxiliary.”

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