Dick Young, Standard Bearer
Recognizing outstanding lifetime achievement and excellence by a veteran in exemplifying selfless service
One unrelenting, effective champion whom our military veterans can count on is Rear Admiral (Retired) Dick Young. A staunch, pragmatic advocate for veterans returning home, Dick heads the Colorado Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). His herculean and tireless efforts have made substantial improvements and impacts in his community, the state of Colorado, and our nation’s military.
Retired Rear Admiral Dick Young, now 82 and going strong, has been an active volunteer throughout his entire adult life. He served 35 years in the U.S. Navy, both Active and Reserve and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award three times, one of the highest peacetime awards a Navy Reservist can receive. In further recognition of his superior service, Admiral Young received the National Navy League’s John Paul Jones Inspirational Leadership Award in 1988, the only Naval Reservist to ever receive the National Navy League’s highest award.
Since becoming the Colorado State ESGR Chair in 2009, Admiral Young has devoted over 8700 hours in organizing, leading, and running Colorado’s ESGR. He built the organization from a small handful of Volunteers to a force of over 210, the largest ESGR State Committee in the country. This powerhouse team raised the bar from 1300 Volunteer hours in 2008 to 13,500 in 2013, all helping our military members.