Former Army Staff Sgt. is first living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam War
TAYLOR – Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will deliver the keynote address, sponsored by Meijer, at the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent. Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions in Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2007, making him the first living person to receive the award since the end of the Vietnam War.
The Medal of Honor is America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded only to U.S. military personnel by the President of the United States, and given in the name of Congress. While there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded since the decoration’s creation in 1861, there are just 78 living Medal of Honor recipients in the United States.
About the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent
The Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Masco Corporate Headquarters, 21001 Van Born Rd. in Taylor. The event will be live streamed by Detroit Public Television at www.dptv.org/vets.
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, is hosting the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent, bringing together employers from across the state to share best practices for hiring and retaining veteran employees, and showcasing some of the top veteran talent Michigan has to offer.
Gov. Rick Snyder will speak at the event, highlighting the value Michigan veterans bring to the workplace and stressing to employers the importance of recognizing and cultivating that talent. He also will introduce several Michigan veterans, who will share personal stories of how their military experience has prepared them for civilian careers and the challenges they have faced in translating that experience for potential employers.
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