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    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 George Ondek from the City of Peekskill.

    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.”

    George Ondek is Senator Greg Ball’s honoree for the 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

    George Ondek was born in April 1942. He served in the United States Army for two and a half years, stationed at the 71st Medical Evacuation Field Hospital in the Central Highlands of Vietnam from 1967 until he was injured by rocket attacks during the Tet Offensive. He then completed his service at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado, achieving the rank of Specialist 5th Class.

    During his service, George Ondek earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Marksmanship Medal with Rifle Bar, and the Good Conduct Medal.

    George Ondek is a member of the American Legion Post in Verplanck, New York, the Northern Westchester Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, the Northern Westchester branch of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Yonkers Chapter of AmVets, and the Cortlandt Hudson Valley Veterans.


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