For Immediate Release
Commissioner Deutsch Honored for Service by Veteran Groups
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (April 28, 2017) – Representatives of Charlotte County veteran groups on Tuesday presented Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch with a Vietnam War commemorative lapel pin in recognition of his Coast Guard service. The Department of Defense established the Vietnam War Commemorative Program to recognize and honor those men and women who served the country between 1955 and 1975.
Deutsch enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957. He served more than two years on active duty in port security and communications at Captain of the Port in Philadelphia and in New York City. He received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves in 1963.
The veterans also lauded Deutsch for his efforts in support of veteran organizations and causes during his career in public service. Deutsch helped establish and served on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Rhode Island, where he was elected to the East Greenwich Town Council, the state House of Representatives and the state Senate. Elected to the Charlotte County Commission in 2010, he serves as board liaison to the Charlotte County Veterans Council, which he also serves as chaplain. He is a member of American Legion Post 110 and is an active supporter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1037, the Vietnam Brotherhood and various other veteran organizations.
The veterans cited his support of the Southwest Florida Vietnam Wall project and his support for county veteran initiatives, including the Wounded Warrior Parking designation, the Stillwater House for homeless veterans and the county designation as a Purple Heart community.
“We’re honored and humbled by this recognition by my fellow veterans,” Deutsch said. “Whatever we do as individuals and Charlotte County does as a community for our veterans is a modest down payment on the debt we could never repay for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.”
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