Veteran Honoree Zachery Deuyour (Anne Arundel)
Mr. Zachery M. Deuyour, also known as Staff Sergeant Deuyour, serves active duty in the United States Air Force. He was selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the Veteran category. Mr. Deuyour’s selection for this award is based on outstanding volunteer service to the civilian and military community of a sustained, direct, and consequential nature in the State of Maryland.
His volunteer commitment expanded across organizations such as USO-Metro, Crisis Text Line, Leadership University, and many others. Mr. Deuyour joined Ft. Meade USO in 2018 and “quickly became an invaluable member of the volunteer team,” and he was also one of the first Crisis Counselors to join Crisis Text Line. His nominators described him as “always enthusiastic, willing to lend a helping hand–whether it is stepping up to help lead or picking up a closing shift last minute, Mr. Deuyour represents the true definition of what volunteering means.” He was also one of the first Crisis Counselors to join the Crisis Text Line four years ago, and has helped more than 1,500 people with 360 volunteer hours dedicated to making a difference.
Mr. Deuyour’s service is guided by a personal compass of “God, Family, People, and Mission.” As such, his service to the People of Maryland and many others in the United States, and abroad represents a commitment to the selfless service of others. When asked why Mr. Deuyour serves, he responded, “Personally, I believe each of us was born with a purpose. With my purpose, I believe I was put here to serve. In uniform or out of uniform I do my best to live the Air Force core value of ‘Service Before Self’ and I encourage each of my fellow Wingmen in the service and People of Maryland to serve in their own way. Together, we lead. Together, we can and will usher our community and thus the world into a better place daily.”
He wants you to know that if you’re looking for help tonight, you can utilize the free 24/7 Crisis Text Line. Text the word “HELP” to 741-741.
USO-Metro, Fort Meade, Maryland – Fall Fest
USO-Metro, Fort Meade, Maryland – Supermarket Sweeps; feed military families
USO-Metro, Fort Meade, Maryland – YUM (Your USO Meal) for military children. Free Chick-fil-A and School Supplies
Crisis Text Line – Providing remote support to people in crisis via text all around the world