Rep. Flores recognizes local vets with congressional award

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:07pm

For the second year in a row, U.S. Congressman Bill Flores awarded local veterans with a unique congressional award to not only recognize their service in the military, but to commend them for their service in their community.

Flores awarded the Texas 17 Congressional Veteran Commendation to 11 veterans this year.

Monday, he presented the award in person to five individuals who were nominated by their respective communities.

One of the recipients is Woodway resident and Korean War veteran Dr. Michael O’Bric.

Every year O'Bric hosts a Christmas day dinner for the homeless, many of whom are veterans.

He said the work is selfless but appreciates the gesture from Flores.

“There are a lot of veterans doing a lot of good work to help and there’s no recognition whatsoever. So, this is really, really important to us. This is extremely meaningful to us to be recognized for our work," said O'Bric.

O’Bric was joined by fellow veterans Henry Gonzales, Larry Bethea Jr., Robert “Popeye” Carter and Manuel Sustaita.



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