Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart to Honor U.S. Navy Veteran, Resident of Golden Gate

Aug 19, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

COLLIER- Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart made the following statement regarding Vietnam and Korean War veteran John W. Kirchner of Golden Gate:

“John Kirchner put his life on the line to protect our freedoms and our democracy.  This week, in front of family, friends and the community, he will be recognized for his valor, selflessness, and service to our nation in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. It is an honor for me to take part in this celebration and to personally thank John for his courage and dedication,” said Diaz-Balart.

 In a ceremony hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Center of Collier, John W. Kirchner, a resident of Golden Gate and veteran of the U.S. Navy, will receive six medals from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for his service, among them: the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star.  He recently invited Congressman Diaz-Balart to take part in the event and present him with the medals.

The event is open to the press and will take place this Saturday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7721 in Pine Ridge, 800 Neffs Way, Naples, FL 34119.