Hal Jay, Veterans Day Event Chairman, plans to use the event to honor veterans in the local community. “This year we will have James Johnson retired as a Staff Sergeant from the U.S. Army as our featured speaker. He has been given many state and federal awards including the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart,” said Jay.
As a member of the Los Angeles Army National Guard, Sgt. Johnson served as an Infantry Squad Leader. His unit was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and while on patrol in January 2005, the vehicle his squad was riding in was struck by a huge roadside bomb. Two of his fellow soldiers were killed and four, including Johnson, were severely wounded. He spent the next year recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. As a result of the explosion, James was left with many broken bones, internal burns, a traumatic brain injury, and a spinal cord injury. Through years of physical therapy and great support from his family, he has made a remarkable recovery despite being 100 percent disabled.
The meal will be complimentary of Sugar Land Rotary and Friends for all veterans and their spouses. The cost for Rotarians and non-veteran guests will be $25 per person. Table sponsorships are also available for $200 each. Buy a table and donate seats for veterans invited by Sugar Land Rotary. For reservations or a table sponsorship, contact Sonny Johnston at email@example.com or (281) 240-5700 or fax (281) 242-5757.
Join Sugar Land Rotary on November 14, in honoring all Veterans who served the United States.
“Many of those who were there are no longer with us, and we cannot forget.” - Hal Jay.
Photo caption: Chris Schneider, Governor for District 5890, and a veteran of the U.S. Army said, “It is extremely important to recognize our Veterans.” He give this reminder when he speaks at Rotary clubs throughout the District. Pictured from left to right at a recent Sugar Land Rotary Club meeting are: Past District Governor Jeff Tallas; Sugar Land Rotary President Jared Jameson; Chris Schneider; Sugar Land Rotary President-Elect Ward Pendleton; Past District Governor Dr. Steve Harris; and Assistant District Governor Frank Parrilla.