Veteran of the Year 2015
Mr. Howard Hernández
Montebello resident, Mr. Howard Hernández first enlisted in the United States Army in 1970 at the age of 19. Soon after enlisting, he left his home in Commerce and headed to Fort Lewis in Washington for basic training. He then moved to Fort Sill for artillery training before he was deployed to Vietnam. His hard work did not go unnoticed and he was able to rise to the rank of Sergeant while he was enlisted in the Army. During his years of service, Mr. Hernández received many awards including a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Bronze Star.
He currently holds the position of Commander for the City of Commerce American GI Chapter. As a dedicated member of the Commerce American GI Chapter for over six years, Mr. Hernández advocates for veterans’ employment and training. He was also formerly a member of the American Legion for 25 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America. Mr. Hernández has continually stayed committed to helping his fellow servicemen even after his active time in the military through his involvement in local organizations in his community.