Nixon honors ‘Silver Star’ veterans

Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, state adjutant general, presents Army veteran Tom Umstattd a Silver Star certificate and banner during a brief ceremony in Gov. Jay Nixon’s Capitol office Monday morning. Umstattd, was an Army soldier in Vietnam and was one of five area veterans who received the Silver Star certificate and banner as a result of incurred wounds, injuries or illness while in combat areas.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, state adjutant general, presents Army veteran Tom Umstattd a Silver Star certificate and banner during a brief ceremony in Gov. Jay Nixon’s Capitol office Monday morning. Umstattd, was an Army soldier in Vietnam and was one of five area veterans who received the Silver Star certificate and banner as a result of incurred wounds, injuries or illness while in combat areas. Photo by Julie Smith.

For the second year, Gov. Jay Nixon has honored some Missouri veterans for their military service — and for living with the injuries or disabilities those injuries caused.

Lawmakers authorized the “Silver Star” awards two years ago, with May 1 designated in the law as “Silver Star Families of America Day.”

“Military service inherently carries with it a sense of duty and a sense of self-sacrifice,” Nixon said. “The danger faced in the area of combat often means soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines ... carry home wounds or illnesses because of their service.”

Monday morning, Nixon and Missouri Adjutant General Steve Danner presented “Silver Star” banners and certificates to five Jefferson City area veterans: Steven Amick, Tom Umstattd, Lt. Col. Mike Fayette and Maj. John Gillam.

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