BOISE – U.S. Senator Mike Crapo honors 21 Idahoans, together with 4 from the Magic Valley, with the 2022 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award.
Crapo created the award 20 years in the past to acknowledge Idaho veterans and volunteers for his or her service to our nation and its veterans. Since the award’s inception in 2002, 371 Spirit of Freedom awards have been introduced.
“The Spirit of Freedom Award recognizes the outstanding service that Idaho veterans and volunteers provide to our nation beyond active duty,” stated Crapo. “I thank this year’s honorees for their thoughtful and unwavering efforts to serve others and their communities.”
Greg Bryant, Twin Falls
The Twin Falls Veterans Council has nominated Greg Bryant, who served within the US Army throughout the Vietnam War and is a loyal council member who will be counted on to assist veterans and their households.
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Attaining the rank of Captain throughout his greater than 4 years of army service, Bryant was additionally a member of the Twin Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars for 13 years and has helped his comrades receive the consideration and honor by his service in and the management as commander of the Magic Valley Honor Guard. The Magic Valley Honor Guard honors roughly 85 funerals all through the Magic Valley every year.
Since 2009, Bryant has devoted roughly 20 hours per week to sustaining Rock Creek Veterans Cemetery throughout the summer time and has managed the cemetery since 2021. He is married with three youngsters and has a 32-year profession as a carpenter/basic contractor.
Eugene D Brown, Hazelton
The Marine Corps League’s Detachment 1030 nominated Eugene Brown, who has volunteered for practically 20 years to assist his comrades.
Brown is a retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant with worldwide aviation gunnery deployments.
He retired in 1998 after 21 years of service and settled in Idaho. Brown’s volunteer work with the City of Hazelton led to his promotion to Director of Public Works till his retirement in 2018.
Brown has been a member of William L. McCauley/Magic Valley Detachment 1030 since 2014. Upon becoming a member of, he volunteered to be the detachment’s purser. He has held this place since then and has additionally served as Adjutant for the previous three years. He has streamlined duties, digitized methods and elevated effectivity whereas additionally being instrumental in numerous occasions.
In July 2022, Idaho Governor Brad Little appointed Eugene a member of the Idaho Veterans Affairs Commission and he has served in numerous management positions for the American Legion.
Gary W. Davis, commander of Marine Corps League Detachment 1030 wrote, “Whenever the department needs a project completed, we turn to them to ensure that every aspect is handled with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Eugene Brown has become an important component within the department.”
Jan Gilbert, Twin Falls
The Twin Falls Veterans Council nominated Jan Gilbert, the Council’s most active non-veteran volunteer and a dedicated member of the Council for the Twin Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary.
Gilbert has been involved in many projects supporting veterans and military families, including as past president of the Twin Falls VFW Auxiliary. Her 51-year-old husband, Steve, served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was actively helping his comrades and their families before his death last year.
Gilbert has generously donated her time and talent to continue this dedicated service as the Twin Falls Veterans Expo Booth Manager.
She has shared that she enjoys speaking with veterans and hearing their stories and is proud to help those who have sacrificed so much for our country. Jan has two sons and two grandchildren.
Gilbert also devotes her time to volunteering for events with her church.
Kay Jones, Twin Falls
American Legion Post 47 appointed Kay Jones, a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Filer.
She began her membership as a junior member at the age of 2 and has spent her life serving veterans, veterans’ families and active duty military personnel.
Jones has many family members who served our country including her husband Ralph Jones who served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam and her father who served in World War II.
She has held an extensive list of leadership positions, including several years as President of the Filer Auxiliary, twice President of the American Legion Auxiliary for the 5th District, and President of the American Legion Auxiliary for the State of Idaho.
Her efforts to help seemingly forgotten veterans have resulted in gift packages being given to more than 120 veterans at 14 care centers, and this is just one of the many projects Jones has pushed forward.
Often the primary particular person to volunteer for initiatives, Jones has shared that bringing people collectively by volunteer efforts to work towards a standard objective of serving veterans and their households by offering lasting satisfaction is a private reward.