J1409

Commending Frank Romeo upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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J1409



Senate Resolution No. 1409

BY: Senator HARCKHAM

COMMENDING Frank Romeo upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the
highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New
York State Senate

WHEREAS, Individuals and projects devoted to improving the quality
of life for others, enabling them to build lives of dignity and
self-worth are deserving of the highest praise and recognition; and

WHEREAS, Frank Romeo has given not only of his time and energies but
also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently has
been designated for special recognition; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Frank
Romeo upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty
Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York
State Senate; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, On March 1, 2019, as he celebrated his 70th birthday,
veteran Frank Romeo began a 750 mile trek across the State of New York;
and

WHEREAS, Walk With Frank is a not-for-profit corporation with the
mission of utilizing a variety of media and initiatives to educate the
public about the devastating impact of post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) on military veterans in particular and society in general; and

WHEREAS, Starting in the Western Tier of New York State, Frank Romeo
will continue through the Southern and Northern Tiers, concluding in the
Eastern Tier on June 1, 2019; and

WHEREAS, As one of the longest living survivors diagnosed with 100%
PTSD related disabilities, Frank Romeo's determination will serve as an
inspiration for all veterans struggling with this condition; and

WHEREAS, On his journey, Frank Romeo will live in homeless shelters,
eat in soup kitchens, and visit organizations frequented by veterans; he
plans to live the life of our most fragile members of society, veterans;
and

WHEREAS, Veteran organizations, business people, political leaders,
and the general public can get on and off the trail at any point and
walk with Frank Romeo in support; he will also document the stories of
veterans displaced by PTSD; these narratives will be the basis of a
documentary film; and

WHEREAS, In their own words, veterans will have the opportunity to
share their experiences, their struggles, and their shattered dreams; as

their narratives are woven together, along with commentary by experts in
the PTSD field, the documentary film will not only build awareness of
the crisis, but also shine a light on how to move forward in saving the
lives and dignity of so many veterans; and

WHEREAS, This project will benefit many lives and possibly change
the way America looks at our homeless problem by attempting to alter a
mentality that is archaic and out of touch with a socially crippling
disease; and

WHEREAS, As one of the longest living veterans diagnosed with 100%
PTSD related disabilities, the cause and effect of this disease has not
only consumed Frank Romeo's life but also fueled his work; and

WHEREAS, Frank Romeo's program "The Art of War" has traveled around
the country in a spirit of truth, healing, and understanding post
trauma; in the last 30 years, he has traveled many miles and has reached
tens of thousands of people touched by its amazement; and

WHEREAS, The dedication and sacrifices of our military personnel
ensure our continued role as a Nation which embodies the ideals of
democracy, and is a defender of liberty for peoples throughout the
world; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an
individual for the benefit of others which Frank Romeo has displayed
throughout his life; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Frank Romeo upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the
New York State Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Frank Romeo.

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  • 08 / May / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 14 / May / 2019
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 14 / May / 2019
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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