She wears a lot of hats.
The signature line on Dorothy Walsh’s emails says Veteran Advocate. And that entails a lot. I say that because she always seems to be on the move doing something to help veterans.
I recently saw a social media post in which Walsh was at the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic, where she was helping unload items donated for veterans in need. She is involved in so many organizations that advocate for veterans that I had to ask what hat she was wearing at the time.
She is a member of the board of directors at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, she is involved with helping with Brevard Veterans Court and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is involved in a whole lot more.
In this recent instance, she was volunteering as deputy representative of American Legion Auxiliary Department of Florida. She is a liaison for the Legion to the VA Volunteer Services for Viera VA Outpatient Clinic and the new Palm Bay VA Outpatient Clinic.
The volunteers collect donations of items such as underwear, socks, sports bras, sweatshirts, boots, sneakers and many other items that could help a homeless or needy veteran.
"We collect donations for veterans and their families," Walsh said. "The big thing that we are working on right now is a baby shower for 150."
She said the group will collect greeting cards for the women, and volunteers will paint rocks with inspirational messages.
"There’s going to be a big baby shower," she said.
Items will be kept and distributed to veterans and families of veterans with expectant or new mothers. The program is for mothers in Brevard and Orange counties.
Walsh assists veterans in need. Though she was never in the Armed Forces, her father served as a U.S. Marine in World War II in the Pacific. Her uncle also served during World War II. Her brother did his duty in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
If you would like to assist Walsh in helping veterans in need, you can donate some of the mentioned items. She is willing to pick up donated items. To find out more about the items needed or to have her pick up your donation, call Walsh at 321-426-6736. Items also can be dropped off at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island.