For years, Jim Denison has been the veteran’s warrior.
He has helped countless veterans seek benefits and long-forgotten medals. He has comforted families and stood by them as they buried their own beloved veterans.
Denison, a Vietnam-era veteran, served 14 years in the U.S. Air Force and Kansas Army National Guard. He says it never occurred to him to stop serving when his duty was up.
“It was instilled upon me when I was young to help others,” said Denison, 66.
For more than three decades, Denison has been active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, on the state veteran services committee and with his home post, 3115.
And, he has served as a volunteer when the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall has come to the Wichita area.
“To this day, there are veterans who have not been able to go to the wall,” Denison said. “I like to help them go up and finally make the connection with a buddy that’s passed for a long time — and then, be with them.
“You don’t leave them alone. You are with them through the thick and thin of it. That’s the whole part.”