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2017 SSG (Retired) Lisa D. Overbay - Fort Sill, OK

Ms. Lisa D. Overbay

2017 Emma Marie Baird Award
For Outstanding Volunteer Service in ACS
Ms. Lisa D. Overbay - EMBA 2017
Fort Sill, Oklahoma


Each year, the Department of the Army recognizes one outstanding volunteer with the Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service -- an honor memorializing Army Community Service founder Lt. Col. Emma Marie Baird. This year's recipient is SSG (Retired) Lisa D. Overbay from Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

As a volunteer for Family and MWR Army Community Service, she utilized her military background in leadership and professional knowledge and skills in Personal Finance to assist Soldiers and Families with important community resources to help address their financial issues. During the past 5 years, she volunteered over 4,000 hours of her personal time to support ACS Financial Readiness as an instructor and resource facilitator to Soldiers, Retirees and their families. She worked with Soldiers and families gathering their financial information to create budget plans in an effort to reduce their debt and meet important financial goals such as saving for an emergency, transitioning, and retirement. 

As a volunteer instructor, she conducted over sixty (60) financial budgeting classes and trained and educated more than 720 Soldiers in basic budgeting and planning, military entitlements, and community resources. Ms. Overbay also trained units and received recognition by the unit Commanders for providing valuable information to help Soldiers prepare for deployment. Ms. Overbay increased the ACS clientele by sharing important financial readiness information in over five (five) military expos. As a volunteer, she also spent her personal time researching financial educational strategies to help many veterans who are disabled.  She has helped them personally with filling out applications for resources and has successfully obtained specific resources through the Veteran’s Administration. Ms. Overbay’s volunteer efforts have also contributed to the support of Survivor Outreach Program clients. She meets with widows to provide them with basic information on community resources such as Army Emergency Relief and has helped the elderly widows complete their application for financial assistance.  

Lisa has established and maintained an excellent communication and rapport with numerous help agencies near Fort Sill including the Armed Services YMCA, Lawton Food Bank, and many others. She orchestrates contacts as needed with each individual client to maximize the assistance for the military Families in financial distress.  

Nominees are required to have a minimum of five years and 3,750 hours in an Army Community Service Center.

For more information on how you can become an Army volunteer, visit your local garrison Army Community Service Center and the Army Volunteer Corps Program Manager.