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Congressman French Hill

Representing the 2nd District of Arkansas

Veterans

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December 16, 2016 In The News

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.

December 16, 2016 In The News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark - A shadowbox full of medals and an Arkansas Veteran are in the same place for the first time since the Vietnam War. Congressman French Hill and Robert Sangalli's family surprised the Fore 101 first airborne radio man today. 
 
Sangalli was awarded the Bronze Star for valor under fire among others. One medal that he never received was the Purple Heart. After he was wounded, Hills office was able to get that medal for Sangalli. 
 
December 16, 2016 In The News

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."

December 16, 2016 In The News

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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December 6, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed S. 3076, the Charles Duncan Buried with Honor Act of 2016. S. 3076, named after Charles Duncan of Little Rock, Arkansas, and introduced earlier this year by Senator Tom Cotton (AR), would amend the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2012.

November 13, 2016 In The News

The women of America's armed forces were the focus of this year's ARvets Salute, held Nov. 5 at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

Honorary gala chairman Jerry Jones, chief ethics and legal officer at Acxiom, told guests, "Tonight, this event is even more special because ... we are going to celebrate and especially honor women service members."

November 12, 2016 In The News

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ new veterans home will provide high-quality care for men and women who have served their country to protect our freedoms, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday during a Veterans Day ceremony at the new facility.

“Today is special because we open the Arkansas Veterans Home in North Little Rock,” Hutchinson said. “This facility is incredible. For all of you that supported it, this is a day that we can rejoice that we have done something that our veterans have wanted, that they have supported and that will serve them into the future.” 

November 11, 2016 In The News

Dozens from the community came out Friday to celebrate Veterans Day at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Bakery in Conway.

Julie Goodnight, owner, hosted the event for three years in her new business, but began the annual celebration in 2005 when she worked at Ed’s Bakery on Oak Street.

She said the tradition began after she heard war stories while listening to American Family Radio. She knew both of her grandfathers served in World War II, but realized they never told her any stories about it.

November 11, 2016 In The News

Dozens from the community came out Friday to celebrate Veterans Day at Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Bakery in Conway.

Julie Goodnight, owner, hosted the event for three years in her new business, but began the annual celebration in 2005 when she worked at Ed’s Bakery on Oak Street.

She said the tradition began after she heard war stories while listening to American Family Radio. She knew both of her grandfathers served in World War II, but realized they never told her any stories about it.

October 18, 2016 In The News

Laura Vaught rarely visits her local post office, but she'll drop in from time to time after it's renamed.

Soon the small, brick federal building off Perryville's main strip will bear her brother's name.

Perryville Post Office 72126 will become the Harold George Bennett Post Office, honoring the first American prisoner of war killed during the Vietnam War -- a young man from Perryville.

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