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Assemblymember Olsen honors veteran
Assemblymember Kristen Olsen presents the 12th Assembly District 2016 Veteran of the Year award to Michael Sneed. - photo by Photo Contributed

Wednesday, at the ninth annual Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon, Michael Sneed was honored as the 12th Assembly District 2016 Veteran of the Year by Assemblymember Kristen Olsen.

Sneed served in the U.S. Army for 26 years including three and a half tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and an Air Medal with Valor for his time in the service.

“Michael earned some of the highest honors during his 26 year military career, and has continued his commitment to our country by serving our veterans back here at home,” said Olsen.  “His dedication to our country is admirable and appreciated, and I am honored to have this opportunity to recognize his service here today.”

Sneed first enlisted in the Army back in 1966 when he was 19 years old. During his three and a half tours in Vietnam, he served with the 101st, 320 Field Artillery and later a crew chief and door gunner for the 48th Assault Helicopter Company.

After returning to the U.S., Sneed became an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he rose to First Sergeant before retiring in 1992. He even worked for a period of time as a case manager for the National Veterans Outreach Program.

Sneed was honored at the event which was attended by veterans and state lawmakers from all 80 Assembly Districts. He was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife of 47 years, Stella Sneed.

“I would like to thank Assemblymember Olsen for this tremendous honor,” said Sneed. “A soldier’s commitment to their country never fades. I was proud to wear the uniform for 26 years and I strive to continue serving my country, my state and my fellow veterans.”