GLASFORD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Glasford resident and U.S. Army Veteran Robert J. Kaufman as the State of Illinois’ December 2009 “Veteran of the Month” for his unwavering dedication to the state’s military heroes and for service to local community.
The “Veteran of the Month” award is a distinction that is given monthly to military Veterans who give back to their community and continue to serve other Veterans. IDVA Director Dan Grant presented Kaufman with the prestigious award this morning during a ceremony at Glasford Baptist Church, 209 E. 5th St., Glasford.
“Robert Kaufman is a tireless public servant and a true friend to Illinois Veterans,” IDVA Director Grant said. “He distinguished himself through service to the United States Army, and continues to serve Veterans and youth in Peoria County and statewide through the American Legion.”
Kaufman served in the United States Army from 1962-1964, and was a Reservist from 1964-1968. He is a member and past commander of American Legion Post 35 in Glasford, and is also a member of the Post’s Honor Guard.
Kaufman has been very active on behalf of youth in Peoria County. From 1988 to 2009, Kaufman obtained funding for 130 young men to attend Boys State on behalf of American Legion Post 35. He was a Cub Scout leader for 35 years, and twice received the District Award from W. Boyce Council. In 2007, Kaufman received the Family Award from the local Masonic Lodge.
Kaufman is also a member of the 40&8 Club, and served two terms as its Chef de Gare. He is retired from Keystone Steel & Wire in Bartonville, and has also served as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
Kaufman, a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran in Glasford, is married and has two children and 3 grandchildren.
The “Veteran of the Month” award highlights the work of community activists who are also military Veterans. Each month the Department recognizes a different person or group that contributes to the betterment of communities across the state of Illinois. To nominate a “Veteran of the Month,” please visit IDVA’s website at veterans.illinois.gov or call IDVA at (312) 814-5538 to obtain a list of guidelines and a nomination form.