THE JEFFERSON AWARDS: Our July winner helps area youth and veterans

Every month FOX 47 features someone in our community who is making a difference and we honor them with a Jefferson Award. 

Our July winner finds ways to help his community where ever he’s needed, but he has a special place in his heart for veterans. 

He helps with projects like community basketball court and the ice rink at the Crossings Center. 

But as an Army veteran, he places a special emphasis on our nation’s heroes. 

He was deployed for ten months to Kuwait. 

"I’ve seen what war can do," he said. "It’s a horrible thing. It causes destruction and I don’t want anymore of that."

And that’s why now, he spends his time giving back to fellow veterans.

"I help out with funerals, I help out with where we give the fallen veterans and the 21 gun salute, we march in a couple parades a year," Roberton explained. "I’ve helped out with going down to the veterans home in Dakota, and play bingo with the veterans down there, and sharing my service dog Ernie with them because he brings joy to everyone."

No one sees Zach’s dedication to others as clearly as his wife, Valerie, does.

She nominated him for the Jefferson Award.

"He has a heart for vets," Valerie said. "Just being a vet himself he knows how they get forgotten sometimes so he wants to make sure they’re remembered."

His message to others is simple: 

"Veterans, thank them. They’ve given countless hours and time."

And if you know someone who’s also making a difference, you can nominate them for a Jefferson Award here. 



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