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(Pictured left to right): Bill Lawrence, Congressman Michael Burgess, Robera DuTeil, Clinton Turner, Ginger Simonson, Chuck Wright.
(Pictured left to right): Bill Lawrence, Congressman Michael Burgess, Robera DuTeil, Clinton Turner, Ginger Simonson, Chuck Wright.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-Pilot Point) on Thursday presented five U.S. Armed Forces members with the 2016 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation (CVC).

The CVC, established in 2005, honors distinguished veterans who have continued their dedication to the nation by serving their local community after selflessly serving their country in the military.

This year’s commendations were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon hosted by the City of Highland Village and the Highland Village Business Association. Nominations were received from the community, veterans’ organizations and civic groups.

The five recipients of the 2016 Congressional Commendation are:

Roberta DuTeil – Bartonville
(U.S. Navy)

William “Bill” Lawrence – Highland Village
(U.S. Air Force)

Virginia “Ginger” Simonson – Highland Village
(U.S. Army)

Clinton Turner – Denton
(U.S. Army)

Charles “Chuck” Wright – Frisco
(U.S. Marine Corps)

“While these selfless patriots may have retired their service uniforms, they are not finished serving our nation and our community,” said Burgess. “The caliber of this year’s nominations was overwhelmingly outstanding. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the nominees for their service to our country.

“Our nation is truly blessed to have had such fine men and women answer the call to duty. As our armed forces bear the burden of protecting our liberty and freedom, our veterans deserve all of the respect and care that our country has to offer.”

Each recipient had their narrative read by Congressman Burgess who also presented the commendation and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. Local fallen heroes of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts and their families were also recognized for the ultimate sacrifice they made to defend our nation and protect our freedom.

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