Congressman Collins Recognizes Vietnam Era Veteran as Office’s ‘Veteran of the Month’
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) yesterday recognized U.S. Army Veteran, Jeffrey Rase of Warsaw, NY as his office’s “Veteran of the Month.”
“Mr. Rase is a brave and humble man with a fascinating story,” said Collins. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to him for his honorable service to our country.”
Coming from a family with a strong military background, Jeffery Rase knew what he was getting into when he entered the United States Army in November of 1967, or so he thought. Rather than waiting to be drafted, Mr. Rase chose to enlist after earning a mechanical engineering degree at Alfred State College. Upon completion of his training, Mr. Rase was unexpectedly reassigned and later discovered that he would not be going to Vietnam. Instead, he would spend the duration of his deployment working with military intelligence in various countries throughout Europe.
“It is an absolute privilege to honor Mr. Rase,” Congressman Collins added. “It is veterans like Jeff who are great assets to our communities and it is imperative to recognize him, along with the numerous patriotic veterans in New York’s 27th District who continue to serve our country.”
Mr. Rase was honored with the Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Expert, as well as the National Defense Service Medal, and was honorably discharged in 1969. His desire and willingness to serve others continued into his civilian life. Mr. Rase has been dedicated to his community in Wyoming County throughout his entire life. As a member of the Perry Rotary Club, Mr. Rase received the Paul Harris Award and has been a member of Rotary International for 28 years; additionally, Mr. Rase has been a high school girls basketball official for 43 years. Mr. Rase participates in Veterans Day activities each year, and as a member of the American Legion, Mr. Rase marches in all military funerals and parades.
Amongst friends and family, Mr. Rase was presented with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.