National Day of Service
Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket Gives Back
National Day of Service is a day to honor those lost in 9/11, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those that continue to serve our country today. Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket takes great pride in recognizing this day with local veterans and giving back to the community.
National Day of Service In The News
Mr. Handyman Assists Vietnam Veteran & Family
Mr. Handyman technicians gathered at the home of a wounded Vietnam veteran in Dale City to help him get around his home easier. The technicians spent the day widening doorways, making repairs to the bathrooms, replacing flooring, cabinets and handrails, and painting the home. The repairs and renovations will improve the family’s quality of life.
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National Day of Service Tribute
In celebration of the National Day of Service, Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket considers it a privilege to provide our service to the below Vietnam veterans:
Joe enlisted in the Army January 14, 1949 in San Francisco, California. His Army career was evenly split between operational assignments and service as an instructor. Joe’s military specialty was heavy equipment maintenance and repair. Joe’s assignments took him all over the world and include Okubo, Japan, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Korea, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Fort Benning, Georgia, Newfoundland, Canada, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Fort Drum, New York, and Murnau, Germany.
Joe’s awards include the Army Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Joe retired from the Army at Fort Belvoir as a Staff Sergeant on 1 April 1969 with over 20 years of active federal service. Upon retirement Joe started a new career with the Hylton Construction Group and finally PEPCO which resulted in a second career retirement. Joe and his wife Barbara have been married 53 years and have resided in Dale City for 43 years. Joe has been a member of the VFW Post 1503 since 1988 and is still considered one of our most active role models for his volunteer work. Joe’s service to his country, his community and to the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been exemplary throughout the years.
B.J. Richardson LCDR SC USN (ret)
Mr. Richardson joined the US Navy in September 1964 serving his country for 23 years. He served in Vietnam from March 1968 through April 1969. Upon returning to the states he transferred to the Reserves.
After obtaining his AS degree in Business Management and BS degree in Accounting, he attended Officer Candidate School and graduated as an Ensign and served on the USS Barney as the Disbursing Office and was promoted to LTJG.
From 1978 to 1988 he served throughout Virginia. He started in Williamsburg as a Department Operations Supervisor, at Quantico Marine Base as the Assistant Supply Officer; on the USS Stump in Norfolk, VA as the Supply Officer, promoted to LCDR, transferring to Falls Church for the Military Traffic Management Command, at Naval Operations in Arlington as a Budget Analyst and finally Supervisor at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington. He served in CA for a couple of years as a Supply Manager for the Antarctic Development Squadron and returned to VA from 1990-1992 as a Supervisor for the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
Mr. Richardson is very active in the VFW. Mr. Richardson proudly declares himself as a Washington REDSKIN fan! Our Mr. Handyman team found him to be a wonderfully gracious man. We wish him well and feel we have made a lifetime friend.
William M. Martin was drafted by the U.S. Army on November 18, 1942 in Richmond, VA. He was stationed at Ford Meade MD for basic training. William was sent to Fort Huachuca Army Base in California. He was then shipped to the South Pacific.
He was trained for the job as a Machine Gunner. William was located in Saipan in the South Pacific. William Martin and other members of his platoon were sent on a mission to locate survivors of a crashed B-29 airplane. The troop proceeded to Anatahan Island in continuous rainfall and dense jungle growth. William and the others reached their destination and were dropped off March 2. The mission continued till they reached the site on March 3 and buried members of the crew.
William received an APO 244 certificate of commendation award. William served in the Army for four years. He was discharged January 19, 1946 in Fort Bragg, NC.
After having completed college, Don Sortino began his military service in Quantico, Virginia. During his career, he archived the rank of Colonel, retiring after 27 ½ years of active duty.
Colonel Sortino’s military specialty was artillery. Colonel Sortino had varied jobs, including: Instructor in the Army’s field artillery school at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma as well as XO of the Marine detachment aboard the six fleet flagship home port Villefranche, France.
Colonel Sortino was 1 of 10 Marines in the 1976 class of 1200 officers at the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Colonel Sortino also served in Vietnam as XO of 3rd Battalion and later became CO of F Battalion 211. (1967-1968)
Colonel Sortino’s career includes: 2 tours in Okinawa, 2 tours at Parris Island as XO of G Company 3rd recruit training battalion and then as Base Operations Officer, including tours at Camp Lejeune, NC, to include Commander of 4th Battalion 10th Marines.
Colonel Sortino served as commander of the JOINT INTERFACE TEST FORCE at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. He also served at Head Quarters Marine Corps as the Marine Corps Artillery Acquisition Officer and ultimately the Deputy Director of Plans Division.
Colonel Sortino feels fortunate to have been recognized for his dedication by receiving several awards and honors. Among them, the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Dale City resident, Thomas Crawford retired as a master sergeant in the United States Army in 1974 after 20 years of service. Thomas is still a resident after 44 years where he lives with his wife of 50 years, Jo Ellen Crawford.
Thomas joined the United States Army at 17 years old after graduating high school in Detroit Michigan. In his 20 years of active service, he served mainly as an administrative specialist. His duty stations included three tours in Ft. Meyer, Virginia working in the Pentagon for the office for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as two tours in the Republic of Vietnam and one tour each in Korea and Germany, and a few other stateside stints.
He received numerous award citations and commendations such as the National Defense Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal to name a few. In December of 1990 through April of 1991, Thomas was called back into service to escort the remains of casualties of the Persian Gulf War from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to their hometowns.
In retirement, Thomas had been an active member of VFW post 1503, where he served as Quartermaster for three consecutive terms. He now battles with Alzheimer’s disease which he has had for the last 14 years.