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Earth Team Volunteers in Wisconsin

USMC Vet and Earth Team Volunteer Timothy Bennish visits with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan’s recent travels brought her to Viroqua, Wisconsin.  Timothy Bennish had a chance to speak to her about his experience with the NRCS Earth Team Volunteer Program.  Tim is presently volunteering in the NRCS Viroqua Field Office. He is gaining a true appreciation of the work that NRCS does every day. Encouraged to volunteer by his father Dan Chroninger, who has 35 years of NRCS service, Tim signed up and is now assisting with various assignments in the office.

Timothy comes to NRCS after serving in the military as a Navy Corpsman with the 2nd Marine Division. He enlisted in the service when he was 18 and after scoring high on a battery of vocational tests he chose the career of Hospital Corpsman where he cared for injured soldiers in his unit. Timothy spent five years in the military. He was in IRAQ for 11 months and in 2011 was deployed to Afghanistan where he served for eight months.  

While in Afghanistan he received a serious head injury in an IED explosion and was transported to Germany as part of the Wounded Warrior Program. Despite all the unfavorable experiences he endured, he is intent on pursuing his passion of being a trauma room doctor. He is planning on attending UW-Milwaukee this spring to finish his graduate courses.  His future plans include enrolling in Medical School.

Timothy has a true sense of caring for the community and that is what inspired him to volunteer for the Earth Team. He is engaged in “Helping People Help the Land.”

“I am very proud of his service to the military and this extends to his efforts serving on the Earth Team” says Dan. “We are glad that he is part of the conservation team here in the Viroqua office”