Gov. Scott Has Awarded More Than 15,000 Veterans With the Veterans Service Medal Since 2013

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On August 29, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

OCALA, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott visited the National Guard Armory in Ocala to award 219 veterans with the Governor’s Service Medal. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded more than 15,000 veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Medal.

The following veterans were highlighted by the Governor at today’s event:

Chuck Farson

On October 10, 1944, Chuck Farson joined the United States Navy one day before his 18th birthday. He served abroad during WWII, making three trips to Hawaii, as well as Guam, Bikini Island and Japan during the campaign. Among his many awards and achievements, he has received the Victory Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Chuck will be turning 92 later this year.

Sergent Major Raymond R. Douyard

Sergeant Major Raymond Douyard joined the United States Army in 1979 and served our country for 26 years. Among his many awards and commendations, he has received the Legion of Merit, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Today, he continues to serve his community as an instructor at the Westport High School Junior ROTC program in Ocala.

Sergeant David Castro

Sergeant David Castro was born in Cuba, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001. He served in the Marines for 13 years, including serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, before joining the Florida Army National Guard in 2014. Among his many awards and commendations, he has received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.

Sergeant First Class Shawn Penick

Sergeant First Class Shawn Penick joined the Army in February 1998. During his career he has served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he continues to serve in Ocala where he is currently assigned. Among his many awards and achievements he has received the Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.

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