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Cleburne Times-Review: Burleson veteran among those honored by U.S. Rep. Flores

Special to the CTR


Burleson resident Orville “Smokey” Cleveland is one of four veterans honored by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan.

Flores on Saturday announced the names of the four veterans chosen to receive the Texas Congressional District 17 Congressional Veteran Commendation. The award recognizes “distinguished” veterans residing in CD-17 who served America honorably during their military career and subsequently demonstrated dedication and service to their community.

This is the first ever district award of its kind, Flores said. CD-17 constituents submitted nominations with the recipients then chosen by Flores.

“Our military men and women give so much for our freedom and liberties,” Flores said. “As a committed member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and as the representative of a Congressional district with more than 60,000 veterans, I am delighted to recognize veterans and pay tribute to their service through the CD-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation for 2012.

“It is a great honor to be able to present these awards to such deserving veterans, who not only admirably served their country, but also have admirably served their respective communities.”

Cleveland enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959 and served six years. During his service, Cleveland received the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

After his discharge, Cleveland served as a Hospital Corpsman, a military care giver in the Navy. 

Cleveland is one of the charter members of the original Johnson County Veterans Council, now known at the TX17 National Association of Uniformed Services. He was influential in the formation of the Veterans Assistance of Texas in Johnson County, which assists veterans to obtain the benefits they’ve earned. 

In that capacity, Cleveland assists about 300 veterans each year.

The date and time of Cleveland’s presentation remains to be determined.

The other three veterans chosen for the commendation are Arnold Mathias and Bill Mahon of Waco and Roy Kelley of College Station. Flores presented their commendations on Sunday and Monday.

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