Service members by nature are compelled to serve, but that doesn’t end when they separate from the military. Veterans often look for opportunities to continue to serve even after retiring or moving on from the military.

In 2020, a number of veterans have taken to volunteering to work the polls at their local election sites.

Maggie Seymour, who served in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2017, is one such veteran.

But she’s not alone.

Veterans across the country have volunteered on Nov. 3 to serve in various capacities, many through the organization “Veterans for American Ideals," which has a mission statement that says it is “a nonpartisan group of veterans who share the belief that America is strongest when its policies and actions match its ideals.”

“We’re trying to get vets engaged as poll workers to assist in pulling off a free and fair election, protect the elderly — who constitute the majority of poll workers — during COVID, and get a new generation involved in their communities,” said Christopher Purdy, program manager of Veterans for American Ideals, according to Reuters.

Sarah Sicard is a Senior Editor with Military Times. She previously served as the Digital Editor of Military Times and the Army Times Editor. Other work can be found at National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose, and Defense News.

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