Maj. Melvin H. Patton, MLA, (Ret.) is being honored by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals for his volunteer service at Novi-based Center for Neurological Studies (CNS). The Distinguished Volunteer award will be presented to Patton at the group’s annual dinner Nov. 6 at The Henry in Dearborn.
Patton, a 22-year veteran of the U. S. Army, with service in Vietnam, Germany, Italy and the U.S., is a member of the CNS Board of Directors and works closely with military veterans who come to CNS for diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries. He serves as an ambassador for CNS’ work and generally “does whatever we ask him to do,” says CNS Founder and CEO John Russell.
“Mel is absolutely dedicated to doing whatever he can to assist the veterans who come to us. He provides support and understanding that makes them feel comfortable and appreciated. He’s our biggest advocate and an outstanding volunteer,” says Russell.
A resident of Southfield, Patton is married and has a grown daughter. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Coker College in Hartsville, S .C.