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Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive the Golden Fleece Award for the rash of drug thefts at VA health facilities. Recent data from the Drug Enforcement Administration shows the rate of reported missing drugs at VA health facilities was more than double that of private sector hospitals.
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 8:00 AM CT at Trapnall Hall, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) will award Robert J. Monette of Madison, Alabama, John F. Deslouriers of Galveston, Texas, Leonard B. Shearer of Glendale, Arizona, and Robert A. Frank of Leavenworth, Kansas, each with Silver Stars for their actions in Vietnam.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The following event on Congressman French Hill’s (AR-02) schedule for Sunday, March 26, 2017, is open to the press:
Speech at Arkansas Run for the Fallen
2:00 PM CT
Steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Building, 500 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201
WASHINGTON – This week, the House passed the following veterans bills:
H.R. 1367, To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017. H.R. 1259 would give the VA Secretary increased authority to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct.
Following passage of H.R. 1367 and H.R. 1259, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) stated:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) and Senator John Boozman (AR) sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin asking him to “swiftly resolve” the ongoing solar panel construction delays at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An Arkansan who fought in the Vietnam war had the surprise of a lifetime on Thursday.
Robert Sangalli, who served in the 101st Airborne Division as a radio operator, was given 7 medals which he earned during his service in the Army. Sangalli was given the Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart. He was awarded the Purple Heart while recovering, but was put back out into the field and never got it back until now.
"I'm just glad all veterans are being honored so much more than they used to be," Sangalli said.
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Almost fifty years after joining the army, a Vietnam veteran finally receives his purple heart.
Bob Sangalli never thought he would receive awards for his service in Vietnam. But his family had other plans in store. "They pulled a surprise on me," explains Sangalli.
When the war came to an end, Bob chose to return to the US--instead of waiting for his medals to be prepared in Vietnam: "[I've] been waiting on the medals since then."
He figured they were lost in the mail: "I thought it was the post office."
Vietnam War medals have always been intangible things for Robert Sangalli -- something he seldom mentioned to his wife, Ramona.
When his tour overseas ended, Sangalli -- who now lives in Little Rock -- returned stateside before the military could present him with them. They were destined to be forever forgotten, Sangalli thought.
That is, until Thursday morning.
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