American Veterans First, AVF, received a metal art piece that was made by a local Vietnam veteran, presented by Congressman Jeff Denham and his representative Eddie Mendoza on Friday, March 23. The Congressman made his way to the AVF facility in Riverbank and handed the metal art to CEO Duke Cooper. The metal art depicts a destroyer with three large guns on it and is now hanging on the wall at the facility. The Vietnam veteran who donated the piece asked Denham to give the metal art to any Veteran organization of his choice and he selected the local American Veterans First group.
Denham represents the 10th District in the House of Representatives which includes Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County. He was elected to Congress in 2010 and is currently serving a fourth term. He was a California State Senator from 2002 to 2010.
Later that afternoon on Friday, March 23 at Denham’s campaign headquarters in Modesto, a barbecue was hosted to kick off his reelection campaign. There were several students from high schools all around the Central Valley volunteering at the event that are participating in an internship for the congressman. There were also several veterans at the rally to show their support including Cooper, along with AVF friends and volunteers, Escalon American Legion members and Charilyn Damigo, local Chapter President for Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. as well as others.