When Joe Maguire retired from the state Mental Health Department a couple of years ago, he landed another job.
But soon Maguire found himself looking for something else to do. So the 62-year-old Vietnam veteran went to the Dorn VA Medical Center to volunteer.
Today, Maguire works for free and, he says, loves every minute of it.
He spends an average of 24 hours a week helping residents of the hospital's community living center. Similar to an assisted living center in the civilian world, the center provides residents with an assortment of activities - from fishing trips to movie outings.
It is one of Maguire's jobs to go along.
"I like taking them to places," said Maguire, of Columbia. "I'd rather do that instead of sitting home and watching TV Land all day."
Maguire said he has made friends among the VA center's residents and helps when he can, buying sweaters or batteries for compact disc players. He also just spends time visiting and talking with the vets.
"Some of these guys don't have anybody to come and see them," he said. "What I do for them, they really appreciate it.
"And I like doing it."
- Chuck Crumbo, staff writer