Congresswoman Julia Brownley honors decorated Army Veteran who lost medals to Thomas Fire

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - A decorated Army Veteran was honored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley. 

Brownley posted a photo of Mark Bozek and his family to her Facebook page Monday morning, explaining that he has lost his service medals to the Thomas Fire. 

Those medals and decorations included the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. 

Congresswoman Brownley presented Bozek with replacement medals for the ones lost in the fire. 


"One of my most important -- and most rewarding -- responsibilities in Congress is to assist my constituents with any issues they may have with a federal agency. Mark Bozek is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, and it broke my heart to hear that not only did he lose his home in the Thomas Fire, but he lost his service medals too," said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. "I was delighted to be able to provide him with a total of six replacement medals and decorations including the Purple Heart in front of his wonderful family, and thank him again for his honorable and brave service to our nation."



Bozek is a Doctor of Optometry at the Ventura Optometric Vision Care Office in Ventura. His biography on their website describes him as an "avid golfer." 



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