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Dr. Richard Pan - SD 6 - Unsung Hero

Senate District 6 Unsung Hero

Ron Marshall

Volunteer for the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center (SVRC)

Speaking to Ron Marshall you get the sense that you are talking to someone who has a wealth of experience and a deep sense of humanity. And so, it isn't that surprising that Ron has chosen to focus himself on service - first to his country and now his community. Even as he lists the various posts he served in the military, he talks about his need to give back. Ron volunteers at the Veterans Resource Center, where he helps his fellow veterans who desperately need assistance. If you would like to volunteer at the SVRC, which provides help to veterans that are homeless or in need of counseling, employment training, job placement, mental health services and many other supportive services, please visit:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have lived in Elk Grove for the past 16 years. I have been married for 54 years and have four children. I am retired from the US Army where I did two tours of duty in the Vietnam War (20 years active military service and 6 years in the Reserves). I am also a retired Treasury Agent.

How are you making a difference in your community?

I volunteer my time to help veterans at the SVRC. There are a lot of veterans that live with PTSD or are addicted and they don't know how to get help. Everyday, there are at least 44 attempted suicides by veterans and 22 suicides. I am also my neighborhood watch captain and I head up the veteran's ministry at my church.

What inspires your community efforts?

Government learned a lot after men and women came home from the Gulf War. They do a better job at offering services. When I came back from Vietnam in '67, the war was unpopular and people took it out on us. Many veterans didn't have the help they needed. 72% of homeless veterans are Vietnam veterans. Through the SVRC, we try to reach them. Seeing the positive changes in their lives is what inspires me to continue. The young people I work with also inspire me. I was taught that as bad as you may have it, there is always someone in worse shape than you. I realize that I could have been the one homeless and addicted to drugs. But I got assistance and that is my foundation for helping others.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My family; being able to serve my country in the military; having the sense of mind, and knowing that life conditions don't change for me, rather that I must change to the life conditions.

What have you struggled most with in your life?

My expectations of others, as well as myself.

What lessons do you work to instill in your kids and grandkids?

To love themselves, help make better choices, always encourage and that where there is a will, there is always a way.

If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?

The ability to understand differences

How do you decompress?

Prayer and Meditation

California State Senator Richard Pan - District 6
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Contact: Senator Richard Pan
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 651-4906
District Office
2251 Florin Road, Suite 156
Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 262-2904
Fax: (916) 914-2179

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