Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Pendleton Woman as ‘Veteran of the Month’

Written by on March 5, 2019

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today recognized U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Laura Norwood of Pendleton, NY as his office’s “Veteran on the Month.”

“It was an honor to present Laura with a small gesture of gratitude for her service,” said Congressman Collins. “Laura has spent her entire life devoted to taking care of those who need it the most, and she represents the veterans here in NY-27 who have served their country with honor. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ to ensure our communities never forget these patriotic men and women who have selflessly served our country.”

Laura Norwood joined the United States Army Reserve as a registered nurse and served from November 6, 1980 to July 5, 2005. After accepting a position as a Nurse Administrator at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, her unit was called for active duty to serve in both Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. When Laura returned home from Desert Storm, she transferred to the AMEDD Augmentation Detachment, a program that places certain medical personnel with army units where they are needed. Laura participated in monthly drills for the Buffalo Veteran Administration Hospital Operating Room, while serving on active duty which relocated her to other medical facilities throughout the country. Laura retired from the United States Army Reserve with 23 years of creditable service and earned the Armed Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and 2 Bronze Service Stars.

Amongst friends and family, Laura was presented with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.

To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to, or contact our district office at (716) 634-2324.

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