Local veterans presented with Congressional Commendation

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(Left to right) Robert Kohankie, Sharon Balsley, James Trombley, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, Tom Kim, Carlos Gallardo

U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) presented five former U.S. Armed Forces members from Denton County with the 2019 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation.

The Congressional Veteran Commendation, established in 2005, honors distinguished veterans who have continued their dedication to the nation by serving their local communities after serving in the U.S. Military, according to a news release from Burgess’ office.

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

This year’s commendations were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon on Friday, hosted by the city of Highland Village and the Highland Village Business Association. Nominations were received from the community and veterans’ organizations. The five recipients of the 2019 Congressional Commendation are:

  • Sharon Balsley – US Army (Corinth)
  • Carlos Gallardo – US Air Force (Frisco)
  • Tom Kim -US Navy (Highland Village)
  • Robert Kohankie II – US Navy (Flower Mound)
  • James Trombley – US Marine Corps (Frisco)

“Our nation is truly blessed to have had such fine men and women answer the call to duty,” Burgess said. “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 Burgess, and he presented them with their commendation and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Burgess represents Texas’ 26th district, which includes nearly all of Denton County and part of Tarrant County.

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