On Friday, June 4th, 2010 Senator Bonacic awarded the New York State Liberty Medal posthumously to the family of Marine Cpl. Nick Uzenski, 21, who died in combat in Afghanistan. Senator Bonacic is pictured with Nick's mother, Lisa Uzenski and his grandmother, Audrey Archibald.
Senator Bonacic was a guest speaker a Memorial Day Service at American Legion Post #1443, Greenwood Lake, which honored LCPL Scott A. Lynch, killed in Afghanistan in October of 2010. The Senator presented the Lynch family with a New York State Senate Resolution, and a Liberty Medal, posthumously.