Sacramento — Today, Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) was proud to introduce to the California State Assembly Specialist Marco Fernandez as his 55th District Veteran of the Year.
“I am proud to honor Spec. Fernandez with this distinction,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “His service as well as his fight to recover after his sacrifice epitomizes bravery and perseverance. His exemplary actions should serve to inspire and unite all in this great state and nation.”
Each year State Assemblymembers select a veteran that resides in their district that has had a distinguished military career or has significantly contributed to the community. A 2010 graduate from Chino Hills High School, Spec. Fernandez joined the Army and in 2012 was deployed to Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. In October 2012, Spec. Fernandez was severely injured in an IED bomb ambush while driving his Striker vehicle. Surgeons were able to save his left leg but his right leg was removed at the knee. For the past eight months he has undergone six surgeries and expects rehabilitation to continue for several more months. He is currently doing rehab with his state-of-the-art “smart” leg at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
For his service, his bravery, his fight to recovery, and his dedication to the nation, Spec. Fernandez was awarded the following: the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Overseas Ribbon, the NATO Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.