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Congresswoman Hartzler presents Patriot Award to veteran from California, Missouri

September 1, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has presented Don Hentges of California, Missouri with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Patriot Award, which recognizes outstanding veterans for their contributions to our country. The CMP is a national organization dedicated to training and educating Americans in responsible uses of firearms through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions.

“Don Hentges served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam where he earned the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and a National Defense Service Medal,” said Hartzler. “He now serves as President of the Jefferson City Veterans Council and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.”

“He served with valor,” added Hartzler. “And, through his work with veterans’ organizations, continues to demonstrate a dedication to support the men and women who have fought to keep this country free.”

The Patriot Award is represented by the presentation of an M1 Garand rifle that played a significant role in winning World War II. Congresswoman Hartzler presented the rifle to Mr. Hentges during a ceremony at her Jefferson City office.

Vicky Hartzler, who was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010, serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.