Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1067 member John Perry recently accepted the Capt. Gary Michael Rose Humanitarian Award for his service to veterans. Medal of Honor recipient Mike Rose presented the award at the Dave Wood II Patriotism Ceremony in Huntsville.
Perry is a retired sergeant major who has served Alabama veterans for nearly 20 years. He served on the board that built a Veterans Memorial in downtown Huntsville, and is on the board of the Chapter 1067.
Perry helped create “Operation Christmas Bear,” a program that comforts children of deployed soldiers during the holidays, and chaired the committee that brought “The Wall That Heals” to Huntsville, working nearly two years to see the project through.
“It’s in giving that we receive,” Perry told AL.com. “The more we give to these veterans, the more we receive back.”