Retired Air Force Colonel Volunteers To Those In Need In Arlington

David Ashley, 46, is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. A volunteer at heart, Ashley decided to spend his time helping local Virginians who needed help the most. He donated a kidney to a fellow West Point graduate three years ago. Since then, he had the goal of being the first living kidney donor to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, also known as the “Seven Summits.”

David Ashley

According to wtop.com, “After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the coronavirus pandemic canceled all of his travel plans. “My wife politely suggested that I should try to find something to do outside of the house, so we got a good chuckle out of that, but she was right,” Ashley said. He registered to volunteer with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and was assigned to work at a hotel near his home Arlington County used to house high-risk homeless people. The opportunity was through the Arlington Department of Human Services. They eventually hired him as a temporary employee.”

As per wtop.com, “He donated all $4,500 of his earnings to Purple Heart Summits, a program that combines mentoring combat-wounded veterans with mountain climbing. But he didn’t stop there. Ashley also signed up to volunteer with Team Rubicon for military veterans. After completing some online training, he received a call in June and they asked him to go out to West Virginia to help with families suffering from extensive flooding.”

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