The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 11, 2014

Veteran Community Initiatives salutes board member

Bob Eyer is often literally the voice of Veteran Community Initiatives.

He emcees many VCI events. With a self-deprecating sense of humor, Eyer says, “They can’t get a real good person, so they get me.”

Making sure programs run smoothly is just one of many ways he helps the organization that is dedicated to assisting veterans in their post-military employment searches. Eyer helps veterans through his work at Wessel & Co., where he is the managing shareholder. The business provides free tax return preparation for local armed forces members who were deployed to a designated combat zone during a previous year.

For all of his efforts, the organization named Eyer its 2013 board member of the year during a recent ceremony held at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont.

“There are some things that he does that are over and above,” said Tom Caulfield, Veteran Community Initiatives director.

Eyer, an Army veteran, served in the Vietnam War.

“A lot of the core people in this organization are Vietnam veterans,” Eyer said.

“Our pledge has been that we’re going to treat veterans differently than how we were treated. We’re dedicated to that.”

Along with honoring Eyer, VCI recognized three other individuals who have served on the board for 20 years: George Molnar, William Cover and Patricia Crew.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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