In addition to the Woman of Distinction honoree, Senator Joe Robach’s office will also pick a distinguished veteran as a nominee for the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from New York State who have distinguished themselves in military and civilian life.
Last year, Joe Robach’s office selected Ken Moore as their recipient. Ken Moore has spent his life dedicated to protecting and honoring our military personnel. He was born and raised in Charlotte (part of the City of Rochester). After graduating from high school, he worked for both the City of Rochester and the Eastman Kodak Company before being drafted for duty in the US Army in November of 1965. After basic training at Fort Dix and Fort Benning, he was deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam with D Troop 17th Cavalry. He returned to the United States in November of 1967.
In the mid 1970s, he became involved with the local families of the POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War and spent some 10 years working to create awareness on the issue. In 1985, he became a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 20) and has served proudly ever since. During his tenure with the VVA, he served as Board Member, Vice President, Secretary and President (an office he has held for the past 12 years). He also served in the Army reserves form from 1980 to 1985, retiring with the rank of Sergeant First Class. After retiring, he spent much of his time dedicated to helping veterans. In 1999, he was National Vice President of Veterans Aimed Toward Awareness. In this position, he toured the country giving lectures on veterans’ health and benefits. In that time, he teamed up with Miss America 2000 whose platform was veterans health. Today, he serves on the Monroe County Veterans Advisory Committee, 26th Congressional Advisory Committee, Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, and lead mentor of the 7th Judicial District Veterans Court.
The New York State Veterans Hall of Fame is a wonderful tribute to our veterans. Joe Robach’s office will soon be making another nomination for the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. If you know someone who you think should be nominated, contact Joe Robach’s office.