Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
Dublin man's induction recognizes volunteer efforts
Several central Ohioans among those to be honored during a Nov. 7 ceremony
Dave Hinds could be considered a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to volunteering.
The 66-year-old Dublin resident has been involved with numerous organizations over more than three decades. Next month, he will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his community service.
Hinds served in Vietnam in the U.S. Marine Corps. The Nov. 7 induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame seeks to recognize veterans who "have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow man with their deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime," information from the Hall of Fame said.
Hinds will be among 15 veterans honored at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial during a Nov. 7 ceremony at 11 a.m.
Other central Ohio residents up for the honor are north Columbus resident Carl Swisher and Bexley-area resident John Williams.
The recognition came as a surprise to Hinds, who said his wife and Breathing Association President and CEO Marie Collart put the nomination together without his knowledge.
"I feel humbled," Hinds said.
"There are people who do more than me or died serving," he said. "This really hasn't set in for me."
After serving in Vietnam and a short stint at Guantanamo Bay, Hinds found himself performing numerous jobs, including landscaping, auto work, roofing and armored car driving, along with his work as a firefighter in his hometown of Zanesville.
Hinds' volunteer experience is just as varied as his resume, with time spent on the board of directors for the Humane Society and in the Eagles Club, Jaycees, Meals on Wheels and Organization of Chinese Americans.
As a firefighter, Hinds got involved with fundraisers for the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters and other community organizations.
For some time, he also helped a World War I veteran with household chores and drove him to the doctor for appointments.
"There are opportunities out there if you just want to take time to be involved," Hinds said.
Veterans advocacy has also been near to Hinds' heart.
"It was easier for me when I got back," he said, adding that upon his return to the U.S. from Vietnam, he got spit on and called names.
"I ignored it and got on with my life, but some people didn't," Hinds said.
"Some people went through terrible things in combat ... that's one reason I was an advocate: to help out."
Finding time to volunteer has never been an issue for Hinds, despite his family and jobs.
"To me, it's not too much work," he said.
"Throughout life, I was up to the challenge. I tried to do what I could do and do the best I can. You don't expect any recognition."
With retirement currently in full gear, Hinds' favorite volunteer jobs fall with the Dublin Food Pantry as maintenance and a route driver to pick up donations.
After reading a story about the nonprofit based in the basement of the Dublin Community Church, Hinds got involved.
"On Thursday, I leave and (the food pantry is) so packed with food. When I come back on Monday, it's empty," he said.
"It's probably the most fulfilling. I don't see the clients, but I know the food there is being recirculated."
The Nov. 7 induction ceremony is open to the public.