Albertus Vets Honored at the State Capitol

Celebrated Albertus Vets Carlos Garcia, Merari Antunez and Jonathan Medina with Connecticut State Governor Dannel Malloy

Celebrated Albertus Vets Carlos Garcia, Merari Antunez and Jonathan Medina with Connecticut State Governor Dannel Malloy

A sentiment of pride filled the Connecticut State Capitol as the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LAPRAC) hosted its 8th Annual Tribute to Hispanic Veterans on May 14, 2014.  The ceremony celebrated over 50 outstanding veterans, among them four Albertus Magnus College students and one alumna.

Recognized Albertus Magnus College Students were Merari Antunez, Carlos Garcia, Jonathan Medina and Manuel Montañez. In addition, Yvette Bello, alumna and executive director of the Latino Community Services, Inc. was also acknowledged for her commitment to our nation.”It is rightfully due to pay tribute to our veterans throughout the State of Connecticut,” stated LAPRAC Chairman Richard Cruz. “These valiant men and women committed without hesitation their  service, talent and strength to protect the freedoms so many take for granted.”

Carlos Garcia, Keynote Speaker Lieutenant Colonel Lesbia Nieves, Merari Antu​nez

Carlos Garcia, Keynote Speaker Lieutenant Colonel Lesbia Nieves, Merari Antu​nez

The Albertus Magnus College honorees were acknowledged for their service in the armed forces and their commitment to the United States.

Senior Airman Merari Antunez of  U.S. Air Force Reserve is proud to serve her country and the world as a medical technician for the Air Force Reserve. She is happy in being part of a greater mission that makes a difference and helps the wounded. Antunez is currently obtaining her bachelor of science degree in Business Management and expects to graduate in 2015.

Staff Sergeant Carlos Garcia of the U.S. Air Force National Guard recalls his love for the armed forces at an early age and considers it as is his calling. Upon completing high  school, Garcia enlisted in the United States Army and now continues to proudly serve the United States as a member of the Air Force National Guard.  A member of the Class of 2014, Garcia graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Business on May 18.

Albertus Veteran Jonathan Medina and his role mode, inspiration, and mother Isabel Rodriguez

Albertus Veteran Jonathan Medina and his role mode, inspiration, and mother Isabel Rodriguez

Petty Officer Jonathan Medina of the U.S. Navy takes pride in being a veteran and is committed to serving his community.  He is active in his church, community and is a new member of the Local 40 Union.  Medina plans to graduate in 2015 from Albertus Magnus College with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration.

Tech Sergeant Manuel Montañez of the U.S. Air National Guard knew from a young age that he wanted to serve his country in the military.  His active commitment in the Air National Guard has bought Montañez several honors and recognition. He is studying finance and aims to graduate with his bachelor of science degree.

For more information about the Albertus Magnus College Veterans Support please visit the following link: http://www.albertus.edu/student-resources/veteran-friendly.php.

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