Assemblyman Obernolte Recognizes Robert Read as Veteran of the Year

By: Simone Graham – Editor HDG: Sacramento: This week, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) recognized United States Army Specialist Robert Read as his 2018 Veteran of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District. Specialist Rob to enlist in the Army in January 1962 and he served until 1965. Robert was an E4 (Army Specialist) and served with the 101st Airborne. Robert served in overseas operations, where he led many special, top-secret assignments. Serving in the Army gave him a sense fulfillment that instilled in him the belief that he could accomplish great things over his lifetime.

“It was an honor to recognize Specialist Robert Read for his service to our country,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “I have tremendous respect for veterans like Robert who’ve made enormous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. It was a privilege to honor Robert for both his service to our country and his continued service to his community.”

After leaving the Army, Robert’s passion for helping at-risk youth led him to enroll in Chapman University where he majored in Education. He was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2000-2001 by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. For 15 years Robert taught at-risk students, and many have stayed in contact with him, especially those who joined the military.

As a resident of Spring Valley Lake, Robert has been extremely involved in his community, serving on various clubs and committees. Recently while serving as President of the Spring Valley Lake Veterans Club, Robert reinstated the Blue Star Program, which recognizes and honors our returning veterans. He has also worked with Victor Valley College to pass a resolution advocating that disabled veterans’ spouses receive the same recognition as veterans to obtain early priority registration.  Robert is currently heading the Spring Valley Lake Veteran Memorial Project.

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