New York State Senate honors veterans in hall of fame
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- Two days away from the federal holiday, the New York State Senate honors veterans for their service.
“It’s important that we take these available opportunities to recognize their selfless service, admirable bravery and how after returning from service they helped to better and strengthen our communities,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th Senate District).
NEW YORK IS HOME TO MORE THAN 800 THOUSAND VETERANS—60 OF WHOM ARE CHOSEN AND HONORED THIS YEAR BY STATE SENATORS.
SINCE IT’S ESTABLISHMENT IN 2005, MORE THAN 500 VETERANS HAVE BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE veterans HALL OF FAME.
SENATOR TOM O’MARA SAid IT WAS HARD TO CHOOSE AN HONOREE AMONG SO MANY NOMINATIONS, BUT ONE PERSON STOOD OUT—ANDREW SWARTHOUT.
SWARTHOUT SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR AND WAS RECENTLY AWARDED TWO BRONZE STAR MEDALS.
“His service in combat was exemplary, but his service since his time in Vietnam has been exemplary as well,” said Sen. O'Mara.
O’MARA SAid SWARTHOUT IS VERY ACTIVE IN THE AMERICAN LEGION IN YATES COUNTY—HELPING AND ASSISTING HIS FELLOW VETERANS.