Shelton resident receives congratulations from President Obama

Shelton resident Al Meadows received two awards at the West Point Military Academy.

The Corporation for National and Community Service presented Meadows with the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award that included a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama and a lapel pin with the White House insignia.

He was also presented a certificate of appreciation and a West Point Volunteer Recognition Medallion from West Point Brigadier General J. T. Thomas III for his volunteer efforts in creating and coordinating Operation Gift Cards for wounded troops.

Through Operation Gift Cards, 71 organizations have co-sponsored the 120 visits to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Md., while delivering over $956,050 in post exchange gift cards and corporate donations to wounded troops and their families.

Twenty Shelton residents have served as representatives of many of the 71 co-sponsoring organizations and therefore have participated in the two-day trips to visit the wounded troops in Maryland.

The participating Shelton residents are: Chris Ackley, Fred Benham, Walt Bills, Angel Cadena, Mike Clavorino, Mary Ellen Cortillini, Lauren Cust, Frank DeAngelo, Tom Evans, Dennis Guerricci, Ken Hagen, Hank Kormornick, Chet Luba, Al Meadows, Nancy Meadows, Richard Norko, April Paschos, Dennis Salzer, Bernice Scott and Mark Scott.

For additional information about Operation Gift Cards, email Meadows at