When Steve Oliver joined the Navy in 1980 he pledged to serve and honor his country. While he is no longer considered active military, he still plays a major role in his community, recently retiring so he could pursue his passion of helping veterans full time.
Although Steve can’t pinpoint a particular moment in his life when he realized the impact he could have, he says “It’s just normal for me to want to do what I can for others because that’s the way I was raised.”
This spring, Steve was instrumental in bringing the Moving Wall, a traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to Altamont. As a tribute to his fallen brothers and sisters, Steve spent three days at the wall, talking to visitors and helping families locate their loved ones’ names on the wall.
Steve’s commitment to serve veterans in the community is obvious. He is a member of the American Legion Helderberg Post #977 where he is 2nd Vice Commander and President of the American Legion Riders. As a volunteer Steve said he has met a number of remarkable people who have touched his life, remembering some Gold Star families and WWII veterans who he has come to know through his work.
Steve is extremely proud of his involvement with the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. He says “This group of people has the same heart and mission statement. We signed up to serve, and we continue to serve today."