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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year
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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as

2015 Veteran of the Year

STATE CAPITOL – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was pleased to honor United States Air Force Sergeant Michael Hughes at the Annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon in Downtown Sacramento.

“I am proud to honor Sergeant Michael Hughes, not only for his service as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, but also for his work establishing the No Veteran Dies Alone program,” said Cooley.  “Sergeant Hughes has continued  his legacy of service with his heart by assisting terminally-ill veterans reach their end-of-life with someone at their side, and even escorting the deceased along with a U.S. flag to their final resting place,” continued Cooley.

Assemblyman Cooley and Sergeant Hughes attended this year’s 8th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento, co-hosted by the Committee on Veteran Affairs and numerous veteran support organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and AMVETS.

Michael Hughes served in the United States Air Force from August 1967 to October 1997, with a seven year break from 1982 to 1989.  He retired from the Air Force as an E6 Tech Sergeant with an Air Force Commendation Medal.  In his years of service, Hughes was stationed at Oklahoma City, Altus Air Force Base, Travis Air Force Base, Dover Air Force Base, and Mather Air Force Base.  A highlight of his career was when his C-5 became Air Force One to take President Bill Clinton on a tour of Pacific Rim nations.

Michael served over 12 years in the Air Force Reserves and worked to become a C-5 Flight Engineer.  In 2012, Michael attended the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, where he completed courses to certify as a Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church.  Michael currently serves as an assistant to the chaplains at the Sacramento VA Medical Center at Mather.  There, he started the No Veteran Dies Alone program to assist terminally diagnosed veterans reach end-of-life.  Additionally, Michael is starting the Honors Escort program at the Sacramento VA, which will provide a flag and an escort for deceased veterans as they travel to their designated gravesite. 

Michael is the current Commander of the Leonard Yates American Legion Post 709, Rancho Cordova, and, is the American Legion’s Area 1 Vice-Commander for Northern California.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

 

 

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