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Congressman Chris Collins

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Congressman Collins Recognizes WWII Veteran as Office’s Veteran of the Month

Jul 10, 2017
Press Release
Joseph Jastry of Hamburg Selected for Recognition

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today recognized United States Marine Corps veteran, Joseph Jastry, of Hamburg, as his office’s “Veteran of the Month.”

Joseph Jastry served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II from 1940-1946. Mr. Jastry served aboard the USS Washington and fought courageously in the Battle of Guadalcanal with his Marine division. In 1946, Mr. Jastry was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

“It was a privilege to present Mr. Jastry with a small gesture of gratitude for his service during World War II and on behalf of his fellow Vietnam War veterans,” said Congressman Collins. “Mr. Jastry represents thousands of veterans here in NY27 who have served their country, fellow veterans, and community with honor. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ to ensure our communities never forget those patriotic men and women who have selflessly served our country.”

Mr. Jastry has been a strong advocate for his fellow veterans and worked closely with former Congressman Jack Quinn on various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of VA facilities throughout the country. Mr. Jastry served as the New York State AMVETS Commander (1972-1973) and, in recognition of numerous accomplishments on behalf of AMVETS and his community, was awarded the AMVETS Silver Helmet in 1997. After dedicating 70 years of service to AMVETS, earlier this year Mr. Jastry was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. At 96 years of age, Mr. Jastry is the last living member of the group that originally founded AMVETS Post 219, of which he served as Commander and Judge Advocate for many years. 

Amongst friends and family, Mr. Jastry was presented with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.

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