YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - In our community, I am proud of the fact that we have more than 2,500 youth and adult volunteers.

They support important community organizations -- the 121st Combat Support Hospital, Boys and Girls Scouts, American Red Cross, Army Community Service, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, United Services Organization, Child and Youth Services, American Forces' Spouses' Club, American Women's Club Thrift Shop, and Family Readiness Groups. And the list goes on. They contribute thousands of hours.

In 2007, volunteers gave more than 45,000 hours of service.

This is the season to honor our volunteers. Last Friday, USAG-Yongsan recognized its volunteers of the first quarter for 2008. Last month, the American Red Cross paid special tribute to its more than 160 volunteers.

Coming up April 25, the Yongsan community will hold a "Night of the Stars" to recognize our volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony.

Our volunteers give of themselves out of the goodness of their hearts, and make a difference in the quality of life for so many people.

I am proud of this community in many ways, but I am proudest of the volunteers who give day-in and day-out. My tribute is to our volunteers! Without them, Yongsan could not function, plain and simple.

I ask everyone to take a moment to thank a volunteer.

They truly deserve it.