Michael Sneed has been honored as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. In his 26 years of service, he was awarded both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, and rose to the rank of First Sergeant.
“Michael earned some of the highest honors during his 26 year military career, and has continued his commitment to our country by serving our veterans back here at home,” said Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, who presented the honor. “His dedication to our country is admirable and appreciated, and I am honored to have this opportunity to recognize his service here today.”
Sneed enlisted in the Army in 1966 at the age of 19. He served three and a half tours in Vietnam, first as a forward operator with the 101st, 320 Field Artillery, then as a crew chief and door gunner for the 48th Assault Helicopter Company in support of the 9th ROCK Division.
He received an Air Medal w/V device for his aerial heroics against enemy forces, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Upon returning to the United States, he served as an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and rose to the rank of 1st Sergeant before retiring in 1992. He worked for seven years for Southwest Airlines as a sales supervisor, and a case manager for the National Veterans Outreach Program.
Assemblymember Olsen honored Sneed at the ninth annual Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon. The event was attended by veterans and state lawmakers from all 80 Assembly Districts. Sneed was accompanied to the 2016 Veteran of the Year ceremony by his wife of 47 years, Stella Sneed.
Making sure that veterans get the recognition, care, and services they have earned is one of Assemblymember Olsen’s highest priorities. While in the Assembly, she has supported bills to make it easier for veterans to keep a job, pursue an education, and find housing.
“I would like to thank Assemblymember Olsen for this tremendous honor,” said Sneed. “A soldier’s commitment to their country never fades. I was proud to wear the uniform for 26 years, and I strive to continue serving my country, my state, and my fellow veterans.”