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    (Photo Credit: Brian Avery Photography)

    Brewster, N.Y. – (3/2/13) – Over two dozen veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I - Patterson) 2nd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony. Among them, was Stephen Valyou from the town of Amenia.

    The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will also be individually featured on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

    “I am excited to induct this 2nd class of heroes into our Veterans’ Hall of Fame! These men and women have been hand-picked by their communities because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty,” said Senator Greg Ball. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”

    Stephen Valyou is the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5444 and the Town of Amenia's honoree for the 40th District Veterans' Hall of Fame. 

    Stephen Valyou was born in Sharon, Connecticut in March 1976. He served in the United States Army for five years and seven months, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.

    During his service, Stephen Valyou earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the NCO Leadership Medal, the Global War on Terror Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and several Combat Action Badges.

    Stephen Valyou serves as Fire Commissioner of the Northeast Fire District and is a Wounded Warrior Peer Mentor. He also co-founded Scuba Warrior (a scholarship program for Wounded Warriors and their families) and has earned the American Legion Medal of Valor, the Safari Club International 2011 Wounded Warrior Hunt Award, and the 2010 New York State Bowhunter Camo-to-Camo Wounded Warrior Hunt for his volunteer and civic commitments to the community.


    For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.