NO. R-23.† House concurrent resolution honoring John E. Ahearn on his many years of public service on behalf of Vermontís Veterans Home and Vermontís veterans.

(H.C.R. 7)

Offered by:† Representatives Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk (Albert) of Bennington, Krawczyk (Joseph) of Bennington and Morrissey of Bennington.

†††† Whereas, John E. Ahearn has played a major role in the care of our stateís veterans, and

†††† Whereas, a native of Bennington, he graduated from the former Bennington High School and St. Michaelís College, and

†††† Whereas, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict and a former warrant officer in the Vermont National Guard, John could personally empathize with the needs and concerns of his fellow veterans, and

†††† Whereas, after his military service, he was appointed an Adjutant of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, a position he held for 15 years, and

†††† Whereas, having performed his duties as Adjutant with great skill and success, in 1977, John was named Commandant of the Vermont Veterans Home, and he commenced a tenure of nine years as the facilityís chief administrative officer, and

†††† Whereas, under Commandant Ahearnís resourceful leadership, the Phase IV construction project was completed which encompassed the addition of 50 new nursing home beds, and

†††† Whereas, his leadership skills were nationally recognized when he was elected president of the National Association of Veteransí Homes, and

†††† Whereas, aside from his official duties as Adjutant and Commandant of the Vermont Veterans Home, John has been an active member of several veterans‑related fraternal organizations, including the V.F.W. and the American Legion, and

†††† Whereas, on October 3, 2000, John was most deservedly awarded a Vermont National Defense Medal in recognition of his individual service as a member of our nationís armed forces, and as a public servant who has dedicated his career to improving the lives of Vermontís veterans, and

†††† Whereas, his wife Helen and their five children, and the Bennington community, are proud of his many accomplishments, now therefore be it

†††† Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

†††† That the General Assembly is pleased to honor John E. Ahearn for his outstanding contribution to the care and support of Vermontís veterans, and be it further

†††† Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John E. Ahearn in Bennington.