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Gary Beikirch Medal of Honor Recipient to Speak at VA

February 25, 2015

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753
Cell: (716) 512-9338
E-mail: Evangeline.Conley@va.gov


Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Beikirch To Speak At VA

“Coming Home…One Soldiers Journey”

VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program will host a special event where Veterans and the public can engage with Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch, a native of Rochester, New York. Mr. Beikirch will share his inspirational journey from Special Forces Medic, to homeless Veteran, and later as middle school counselor. This speaking engagement, “Coming Home…One Soldiers Journey,” will include a question and answer period and will take place on Friday, March 6, 10am, at VA Western New York Healthcare System, Freedom Hall, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Beikirch enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and was later selected for Special Forces training in 1969. He later deployed to the Central Highlands of Vietnam with Company B, 5th Special Forces Group, as a Special Forces medic. His Medal of Honor citation includes how Sergeant Beikirch ignored his own personal safety and wounds to rescue numerous American, Vietnamese, and Montagnard casualties during an assault
from North Vietnamese troops. President Nixon presented him with the Medal of Honor in October of 1973.Gary’s incredible Medal of Honor story can be found on YouTube.com.

Please join us for this special event and hear how Gary’s experiences later shaped his life and inspired his work after his service to the military. Please RSVP to Mr. Kevin Quiambao at kevin.quiambao@va.gov, or call 716-862-8885.