Ayotte presents Pelham veteran with long due medal
Calling it an honor, Ayotte said that she is always willing to help active or retired service members receive the medals and honors they deserve but, for one reason or another, didn’t obtain.
“(Ayotte) was the one who really made this happen; she really turned the screws. When I first submitted this, it went nowhere; she was instrumental in getting it done,” Norkiewicz said.
“I didn’t even know that I was eligible. I belonged to the American Legion and spoke to someone from the VFW who said I might be eligible …. I really feel good right now; it is a real honor.” he said.
“It’s an honor to be here.(Worrall and I) were both deployed to Iraq, and we are where we are because of the vets before us who pushed for better conditions, so we wanted to show up and honor them for the duty they performed.”
“She goes way out of her way, and her office does a wonderful job. She has a heart for veterans; it is wonderful what they do. It makes sure we don’t forget anyone, and keeps older veterans in the public eye,” Hunter said.
Saying that many veterans carry their experiences in combat for the rest of their lives, Ayotte said they should feel respected and honored to help ease the burden.
“We are absolutely actively looking to do this; it is such a privilege to give the medals and honors to veterans that they have earned and should have received but never did. I would say to anyone out there that feels they have earned a medal that they haven’t received, we are happy to work with them to help them out,” Ayotte said.
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