Syracuse, NY – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following video message honoring Central New York veterans:
Veterans Day Message from U.S. Rep. John Katko:
“Throughout the course of our nation’s history, courageous men and women have served our country to protect our freedoms.
“Central New York is home to thousands of veterans – men and women who have served in wars from World War II, to Korea, to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many of these service members have also served our local communities in response to natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy.
“The memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. allow Americans from across the county to pay tribute every day to our nation’s great veterans and to extend gratitude to those who have put their lives in harm’s way for our freedom and for our democracy.
“At home, I’ve recently had the opportunity to honor two great American heroes and to thank them for making our freedom possible.
“I was able to award these great men – Private Anthony Tangretti, who served in WWII, and Sargent Gary Janis, who served in Vietnam – the medals that they were due for their service.
“These memorials are a testament to the loyalty and the courage of these men, and so many like them, who have answered the call of duty. They are a forceful reminder of the debt that we owe our nation’s veterans – and I’m committed, as Central New York’s Representative in Congress, to ensuring that veterans from all generations are given the care and benefits that they are owed. Our nation’s brave veterans have earned a lifetime of gratitude.
“As we celebrate Veterans Day, let us take a moment to thank those brave men and women, both in our community and nationwide, who have served this great country of ours.
Since taking office in January, Congressman Katko has prioritized service to veterans in Central New York. He has assisted in the return of nearly $600,000 in benefits to veterans and active U.S. service members in the 24th Congressional District.
Recently, Rep. Katko’s office was selected to participate in the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. Through this program, Tom Parody – a former U.S. Marine and Central New York native – has recently joined Rep. Katko’s district team as a Veterans Case Worker. In this role, Mr. Parody assists veterans, active duty military, and their families navigate federal agencies.
Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion of Oswego County. For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.