John Fales Jr. was, in every way, a proud Marine who served his country from 1957-1963 and 1966-1967.  Blinded in Vietnam, he retired from the Marine Corps, and continued his service as a leader in the veteran’s community.  Following his retirement, John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint John’s University, New York and Master of Science Degree in Education from Hofstra University, New York.  John co-founded and led the Blinded American Veterans Foundation and wrote a veterans advocacy newspaper column, Sgt. Shaft.  With hard work and persistent dedication, he ensured that service members, veterans and their families received support earned through service to country.  John retired from the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2006.  His hard work has been recognized with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from The Freedom’s Foundation; Outstanding Handicapped Federal Employee; United States President’s Community Service Commendation; Chairman’s Commendation from The President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. 


Previous recipients include Jim Mayer, Aleethia Foundation; Mona Lisa Faris, publisher of U. S. Veterans Magazine; and Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor Recipient, and founder of the Gold Star Families Memorial. 

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