Bellevue resident and veteran Rocky Ursino, has volunteered weekly for the past 24 years at Hopelink food bank.
Every Thursday, Ursino makes the commute from his apartment at the Bellettini senior living community in Downtown to Hopelink in Lake Hills. He arrives at 8:30 a.m. and for almost six hours stocks and refreshes the produce section so that Hopelink's clients can bring home fresh fruits and vegetables to feed their families.
His commitment to community service is not the only thing that makes Ursino special. First, he is 86 years old. Second, he is a veteran who served his country for three years in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. And he’s an amputee.
Decades ago, Ursino lost a toe due to poor circulation. Soon after that, he lost another toe and then ultimately, he had his lower leg amputated. His military and amputation experience combined with his passion for community service all came together recently leading him to a new volunteer opportunity.
Ursino now volunteers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System as a peer visitor. The medical center pairs him with older veterans facing amputation, Ursino can answer the questions that a doctor can’t. Ursino wishes he could volunteer in this capacity more often but it’s only for as needed situations. He explains that he tells the vets “you can do whatever you want, only it’ll take you a little longer and you’ll have to do it a little differently.”
Thank you to Rocky Ursino for his time and dedication to our community!