Additional Statementsby Senator Dean Heller
Posted on 2013-02-27
HELLER. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize one of
Nevada's own, Wayne Wilson, for being named as a finalist for the
Citizen Service Before Self Honors by the Congressional Medal of Honor
Foundation. His efforts to assist disabled veterans have earned him
this distinct honor, and I am both humbled and honored to recognize him
After graduating from the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy in 1976, Wayne served in the National Guard for over four decades. He served as command sergeant major of an engineer group and a combat engineer battalion. In 1984, he transferred to the Nevada National Guard and moved to Carson City. Throughout Wayne's lifetime, he has always remained an active member in the veteran community and has dedicated his free time to looking after this community's needs. Wayne was one of the original founders of the Veterans Guest House, is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, DAV, and has been named the Silver State's Veteran of the Month.
In 2008, Wayne founded the Northern Nevada Wheelchair Program to distribute wheelchairs to disabled veterans. Providing our Nation's greatest heroes with mobility and independence is a unique gift and a singular act of heroism. His commitment to putting others first is a true example of sacrifice for the betterment of others.
In October 2012, I had the privilege of meeting Wayne when he was recognized by Governor Sandoval as Nevada's Veteran of the Month. His continued service and sacrifice to our country and veteran community makes me proud that Wayne calls Nevada home. Today, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing Wayne for his tireless efforts to better the Silver State.