SENATOR BALL HONORS YORKTOWN VIETNAM VETERAN AND FORMER CEO OF HBO AT NYS VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

 

    Albany, N.Y. – 05/21/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, honored Vietnam Veteran Bill Nelson from Yorktown at the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Monday afternoon.

    The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Senator’s from each district across New York State recognized veterans from their district during Monday’s ceremony.

    Bill Nelson previously served as the CEO of HBO, a position he held since May 2007, until his retirement in the beginning of 2013. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Eleven Bravo Enterprises, a consulting firm he founded in 2013.

    Mr. Nelson has received numerous awards and recognition for his work on behalf of our veterans, including the Veterans Advantage TOPVET Award and the Vietnam Veterans of America’s Excellence In The Arts Award, as well as their highest award, The Commendation Medal for Exemplary Service to Veterans and the Community. In 2013, Mr. Nelson received the U.S. Army’s inaugural Soldier’s Patriot Award.

    “I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to honor Bill Nelson at this year’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame. He has demonstrated an immense dedication to serving his country, and his patriotism should not go unrecognized,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Recently, Mr. Nelson has joined our efforts and has been a driving force behind the 6% service-connected disabled veteran state set aside that was just signed by Governor Cuomo.”

    “It is extremely  humbling for me to be chosen by Senator Greg Ball to join the NYS Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame and stand alongside my very distinguished and dedicated fellow veterans also named to the Hall of Fame. We all share a deep commitment to bring honor, respect and support to those who went into harm’s way, especially our post-9/11 veterans, to preserve America’s freedom and now need assistance,” said  Bill Nelson of Yorktown. “We are motivated to do so not for recognition, but because it is simply the right thing to do. This is a great privilege for me and I thank Senator Ball and his fellow senators for recognizing the veterans of this great State.”

    Bill Nelson is a Vietnam combat veteran, having served with the U.S. Army’s 2/502nd “Strike Force” Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Valorous Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Award and the Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal Unit Award.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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