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July 2019 Jefferson Award: Tim Bahr

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CRANDON (WAOW) – A Crandon veteran’s latest mission is to help others who have served their country.

For his volunteer efforts, Tim Bahr is being recognized with a Jefferson Award.

Bahr enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1972.

“I signed a blank check and said I will give you everything–including my life,” Tim Bahr said.

After 20 years in the military, he retired.

But, when terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, the military again called Bahr to serve.

“I am a United States Marine with a lot of bad experiences and I have learned to manage the adverse affects of that and I help other veterans see it in themselves,” Bahr said.

Years of serving in war zones took its toll, as Bahr found himself suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He decided to take part in training to become a Peer Support Specialist. Now, he spends countless hours helping veterans with PTSD and their families.

“He is not getting paid; he just cares,” Oneida Co. Veterans Service Officer Jason Dailey says.

Bahr wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I get support and knowledge from the other veterans,” Bahr said.

In addition to the time he spends with veterans, he has served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years and taught water safety courses for four decades.


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