This past year alone, Linda Hughes of Cambria, Wisconsin, spent more than 200 hours of volunteer time making the 150 ornaments which adorned the 2011 Tribute to the Troops tree displayed in the Executive Residence over the holidays. Each time she handled an ornament, she said a prayer for that soldier.
Linda also volunteers full-time, at least 45 hours each week, at a day school called “Rascals and Rockers,” and spends at least 20 hours a week on a project she started called “A Case for Caring and Sharing,” which sends care packages to Wisconsin residents serving overseas. Each care package includes a pillow case, which many service members have said is the only one they have access to while serving abroad.
For her tremendous voluntary contributions in support of both the brave men and women from Wisconsin in service overseas, and their families here in Wisconsin, Linda is the recipient of the first Wisconsin Heroes Award.