UWUA Local 369 makes honoring our veterans a top priority. Our own Business Agent Bob Senier keeps the military spirit of helping veterans going throughout the year, not just on Veteran’s Day. It’s in Bob’s DNA to help his country and his fellow vets.
Bob was a Marine in the mid-1980s and was deployed several times around the globe to keep the peace and remain at the ready at the height of the Cold War. Today, he’s a proud Business Agent for UWUA 369 and serves as Chairman of the Veterans Committee. One duty Bob is proud to carry on in this role is organizing the union’s annual clothing drive for homeless veterans, a tradition the union has carried on for over 35 years.
“Way too many vets experience economic hardship when they return home from service. I’m proud of everything the union does to supply them with warm coats, boots, hats and other winter essentials,” Bob says.
This year, dozens of bags and boxes of clothing and supplies have already been collected and donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America, who provide clothing directly to veterans in need as well as offering them much-needed support programs.
“Our members are amazingly generous. I’m especially grateful for all of the support we received from the folks at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Even though they were dealing with the plant being shut down, they donated brand new boots and other items to vets in need,” Bob said.
Needless to say, Bob can’t do the drive alone and is thankful for everything his union brothers and sisters do to contribute. He noted that a recent raffle raised hundreds of dollars for veterans. He’s glad the union is able to help our nation’s bravest.
“We’re a union and this is what a union does. We help our fellow Americans,” Bob said.
If you have a few minutes, please go through your closet and consider donating gently used coats, sweatshirts, pants, boots, hats, gloves or other articles of clothing and bring them to the union hall. We’ll sort them and make sure to get them to veterans in need.