Honor and Service are the two words that best describe Clif Muse of Heathsville. A decorated Vietnam veteran, Muse received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during his tour in Vietnam. The events in his life during those times helped shape him into the man he is today – a gentle “warrior” for veteran’s rights and brother to all veterans. He is an ardent volunteer for two causes that are both near and dear to his heart. One is the restoration of the Holley Graded School in Lottsburg and the other is being a champion for disabled veterans.
“I have wanted to help my fellow veterans in any way I could, and last year with the help of Sylvester Jones, a supervisor from the National Veteran’s Legal Services Program, we hosted a Veteran’s program at Holley, providing a starting point for veterans or their spouses who want to find out what services and benefits are available to them. Muse was instrumental in creating the current information center at Holley Museum for all veterans who live in the area.
“The National Veteran’s Legal Service program provided us with free pamphlets outlining programs and benefits that are available to veterans who became disabled during their time of service. Phone numbers and names. A place to start,” Muse said.
In 2015, the trustees of Holley School implemented their plan to re-open Holley Graded School in Lottsburg as a museum, art gallery and community center. Muse was quick to volunteer his time and energies for this gift to the Northern Neck. He is one of the docents who give tours on Saturdays, with the third Saturday of each month being his time in which he invites all veterans to come for a visit, get a tour, get information. Starting the veteran’s program at Holley answered another wish for Muse. The restoration of the historical building depends on community support, and Muse, along with the trustees of Holley, are continually seeking ways to be of service to the community.
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Clif Muse has played a huge role in helping restore the Holley Graded School.