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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2010

Veterans’ Affairs Names Carmi Resident as State of Illinois’ January 2010 “Veteran of the Month”
United States Army Veteran Honored for Commitment to Fellow Veterans and Community

CARMI – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Carmi resident and U.S. Army Veteran Glen Holtzclaw as the State of Illinois’ January 2010 “Veteran of the Month” for his unwavering dedication to the state’s military heroes and for service to local community.

The “Veteran of the Month” award is a distinction that is given monthly to military Veterans who give back to their community and continue to serve other Veterans.  IDVA Director Dan Grant presented Holtzclaw with the prestigious award this morning during a ceremony at American Legion Post 224, 1206 Oak Street, Carmi.

“Glen Holtzclaw is a true friend to Illinois Veterans and is a tireless public servant,” IDVA Director Grant said. “He distinguished himself through 25 years of service to the United States Army, and continues to serve Veterans in White County and statewide through the American Legion and the VFW.”

Holtzclaw served in the United States Army from 1943-1968, during three conflicts: World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Holtzclaw was awarded the Purple Heart, World War II Occupation Medal, Korean Defense Medal and Vietnam Medal, among others. He is a member and past commander of American Legion Post 224 in Carmi, and is also a member of VFW Post 3851. Holtzclaw has also served as District 24 Chaplain.

The “Veteran of the Month” award highlights the work of community activists who are also military Veterans.  Each month the Department recognizes a different person or group that contributes to the betterment of communities across the state of Illinois.  To nominate a “Veteran of the Month,” please visit IDVA’s website at veterans.illinois.gov or call IDVA at (312) 814-5538 to obtain a list of guidelines and a nomination form.



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