Dale & Lori Larson
Warrior Support Team - West - Volunteers of the Year
Lori and Dale are the managers for one set of Warrior Support Team (WST) volunteers on the west coast. They became Marine parents in 2009.
In 2011, a family friend wrote to Dale and Lori, asking if they could visit the son of a friend of theirs who was seriously injured in Afghanistan. After visiting this Purple Heart recipient at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Dale and Lori contacted MarineParents.com to see if there were any services available in San Diego to help support this young Marine, his wife, and their daughter.
MarineParents.com put Lori and Dale in contact with our Warrior Support Team outreach program (then Purple Heart Hero Support) in San Diego, and they began volunteering with them, serving dinners to the Wounded Warrior Battalion in the barracks, and later to the patients and families on the surgical recovery floor. In 2014, Lori and Dale became the managers of this west coast team.
While volunteering with MarineParents, Lori and Dale have enjoyed not only the weekly dinners, but also assisting at wheelchair basketball games and day trips to Knotts Berry Farm for the Wounded Warriors and their families.
In 2017, Dale volunteered a total of 276 hours and Lori volunteered a total of 320 hours.