(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) presented Gerry Rice with a resolution naming him the 36th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.
The presentation was made during a luncheon on June 26 in the State Capitol and was the culmination of a nomination process that began in April.
“Gerry Rice never stopped serving our country,” said Fox. “Gerry has helped countless men and women overcome disabling obstacles. His continued service to fellow veterans is selfless and heroic.”
Between 1968 and 1974, Rice served as an E-4 specialist with the Army’s 4th Infantry 101st Airborne division. During that time he served in Vietnam for one year and received the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Air Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, and Combat Infantry Badge.
After his honorable discharge, Rice became a Marriage and Family Therapist and now works at the Antelope Valley Vets Center. He specializes in helping former combat veterans overcome the emotional trauma associated with war.
Rice also is a member of the local VFW, the Vietnam Veterans of America, and is a Board member of the AV Wall, a mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
For more information, please visit www.asmdc.org/fox.
(Information via press release from the office of Assemblymember Steve Fox.)