Boyle Heights Resident is ‘Veteran of the Year’

By EGP Staff

California’s Assembly President John Perez (46th District) has named Tony Zapata the Veteran of the Year for 2011. Zapata is the commander of VFW Post 4696 headquartered at East L.A.’s American Legion Post 804. He is a long-time Boyle Heights resident and member of the Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch.

Tony Zapata (Left) and Assembly President John Perez (Right). Zapata served in the US Navy, he was deployed to Okinawa, Cubi Point (Phillipine Island), and Da Nang (South Vietnam) where he was greeted the Tet Offensive. Photo courtesy of the Office of Assembly Speaker John Perez


He was honored in Sacramento on June 22.

“I am pleased to select Mr. Zapata as the 46th Assembly District Veteran of the Year. Mr. Zapata’s service to the United States during the Vietnam War was honorable, but his service did not end there. From the moment of his discharge back to civilian life, he has been a leader on veteran’s issues and an invaluable resource for the men and women of southern California who have served our nation in uniform. He has been a tireless volunteer for countless community organizations, and his service is a credit to the uniform he wore and the community we are all so proud of,” Perez said in a written statement.

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Zapata told EGP he was honored and proud to have received the recognition.

“As a Veteran of Foreign Wars I try to help veterans and I also do a lot of community work, I guess that’s what they noticed,” he said. Zapata noted that a lot of service members are coming back to the community and need the support and direction to ensure they receive their Veterans Affairs benefits.

Zapata was also honored last year at the 2010 Los Angeles County Veteran of the Year.

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