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Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Office’s First ‘Veteran of the Month’

Mar 17, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Navy Veteran, Ernie Reitzel, as New York 27th Congressional District’s first ‘Veteran of the Month.’ The ‘Veteran of the Month’ is a new program established by Congressman Collins’ office to recognize the dedication and service of NY-27’s veterans.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to meet with Ernie and recognize his service,” said Congressman Chris Collins.  “Ernie is a man who exemplified the greatest qualities of leadership and bravery during his service in the U.S. Navy. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ as a small thank you to the thousands of Western New York veterans who have selflessly served our country.”

Ernie Reitzel served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946. During his three years of service, Ernie served aboard the U.S.S. Hambleton, which was chartered to assist military campaigns throughout Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Congressman Collins recently met with Ernie and his wife, Susan, and presented him with a Congressional Certificate of Commendation and a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building.

Each month, Congressman Chris Collins will recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Commendation Certificate.

To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to, or contact our district office at (716) 634-2324.