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Batavia’s John Carr is IL Jan. Veteran of the Month

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) gave a floor speech today recognizing John Carr of Batavia, Illinois’ January Veteran of the Month, for his dedicated service to Illinois veterans and their families.

Link to full video: http://youtu.be/jcP2-2bioAI

Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:

I rise today to honor U.S. Army Veteran John Carr who was recognized as Illinois’ January Veteran of the Month.

Enlisting in 1969 during the Vietnam War, John was wounded in action and was medically retired in 1972.

For his service, John received the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart, among others.

John didn’t know what was in store upon leaving the service, but when he saw an ad to transport other veterans to the hospital, he signed up.

He then joined the Kane County Veteran’s Assistance Commission as a hospital caseworker and was elected as superintendent only three years later.

He retired last February after nearly four decades of service to his fellow veterans.

My staff is proud to have worked alongside John to help Illinois veterans navigate the federal benefits system.

Constituents regularly told us how John helped anxious veterans or spouses receive their well-deserved benefits.

Thank you, John, for your service to our country and to the men and women like you who have made sacrifices to defend it.

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