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Wilk honors Chuck Morris as 'Veteran of the Year'

Posted: June 25, 2014 3:02 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 3:02 p.m.

Korean War veteran Chuck Morris worked to bring a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall to the Santa Clarita Valley so residents can share the experience of visiting the memorial. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita, honored Chuck Morris of Santa Clarita as the 38th Assembly District’s “Veteran of the Year.”

Chuck Morris is a Korean War veteran who served his country honorably in the US Army from 1952 to 1954. Morris was given an honorable discharge for his service with the rank of Private First Class and during his service he was awarded the Army of Occupation-National Defense Medal.

Following his service in the Army, Chuck worked in the automotive industry for approximately 40 years before retiring. After his retirement, Chuck has been very active in the veteran community including but not limited to Operation Gratitude, Habitat for Heroes, Friendly Valley Veterans Club, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Veterans Club and Veterans Advocacy Network, Inc.

This past September, Morris successfully brought the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Santa Clarita for a three-day event at the Westfield Valencia Town Center to honor Vietnam veterans, who he felt were treated very poorly after their return from the war. After 18 long months, his effort was successful and there was an estimated attendance was 20,000 and over 3,000 volunteers.

“Chuck’s amazing efforts to bring the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Santa Clarita is something we will never forget. It is an honor to have him join me in celebrating his achievements in the veteran community,” Wilk said.

The 38th Assembly District encompasses Simi Valley, the northern section of the San Fernando Valley and most of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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