Gadsden, Ala.-Alabama State Representative Jack Page is the recipient of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Alabama Council Veteran of the Year Award for 2009. He served in the Vietnam War as a member of the United State Marine Corps, and is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Marine Corps League.
Page is the Community and External Affairs Liaison and Residence Hall Director for Gadsden State Community College. He has served as an Alabama House Representative for the 29th District, which includes DeKalb and Etowah Counties, since 1993. He currently serves on the Constitution and Election and Government Appropriations and Rules Committees of the Alabama House.
The Veteran of the Year Award has been given since 1989. Page was nominated by Kenneth Rollins, vice chairman of the State Board of Veterans, and selected unanimously. Rollins said that the veteran of the year is selected by a committee, which includes all the presidents of the Alabama chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and the selection is based on what the nominee has done to benefit or represent Alabama Vietnam veterans. “Jack Page is a staunch veteran advocate and always supports veteran’s legislation. As the Vice Chairman of the State Board of Veterans, I am proud that the veterans of Alabama have a legislator like Jack Page,” Rollins said.
Page authored the House of Representatives bill that amended the current Vietnam Veteran’s Distinctive Military vehicle license plate legislation to include an additional $3 fee per tag renewal cycle. The additional $3 was put forth to assist the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Alabama Council provide aid to Vietnam veterans. Rollins commented, “He pulled the Alabama Vietnam Veterans from financial ruin with this legislation.”
“I am very honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Vietnam Veteran’s Veteran of the Year Award,” Representative Page said, “I think of the distinguished people who have received this award in the past and am humbled to be included in their midst.” “There are two groups who should be honored for their efforts to help the military and veterans-the American Red Cross and the USO. Every person who has served knows how hard these two groups work,” Page continued. “Thank you to them for all they do and thank you to the State Council for this honor.”
Page received the 2009 Veteran of the Year award at the Annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon in Birmingham, Ala.