Pam Hays Inducted 2022 - Class of 1972
Pam Hays is a 1972 graduate of Woodward. At Woodward, Pam was a National DECA winner in 1972 and was a runner up for Miss Ohio DECA as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Pam decided not to take advantage of the scholarships she was offered after high school and chose marriage instead. Over the years circumstances led Pam to continue her education. She attended classes for licenses and certifications, which she used in her employment and in several business that she has owned.
When we least expect it, life sends us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. Pam was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in 2000. The aftermath of this near death accident left her with traumatic brain, skull, and back injuries. Pam could have given up, but instead she had the courage to fight back, she carried on, and she persisted.
Pam’s personal challenges led her to see the need to help military and vets with similar injuries and
conditions. In 2009, Pam created “The Arms Forces”. The Arms Forces is a nonprofit organization that embraces the unique needs of veterans who have a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder through individualized programs and services.
The Arms Forces maintains a network of trained volunteer “Life Navigation Coaches” who give individual assistance to our wounded warriors who have this invisible wound. Arms Forces provides services at no monetary cost to the veteran. While supporting the veteran, the organization also provides support to the veteran’s family. Arms Forces fights the stigma so often attached to both Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Syndrome that affects so many of our veterans through educational programs.
Pam’s community service extends beyond her organization. While working with Judge Connely she helped form the Lucas County Veterans Court. Pam also volunteers as a mentor helping veterans. She served as chairperson when the traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall came to Toledo. Pam has been awarded the Americanism Award by the Ohio VFW and nominated for the Bob Hope Spirit of Hope Award. She is now working with Behavioral Health as a Vocational Professional. She has 5 children and 11 grandchildren.