Salas Honors Justin Warren Bond as Veteran of the Year

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

California Veterans recognized during 10th annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon

SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) honored U.S. Army Sergeant Justin Warren Bond as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District. The Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, of which Assemblymember Salas is a member, hosted the 10th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento.

“We could never fully repay the debt of gratitude owed to our veterans.  Sergeant Justin Warren Bond continues to go above and beyond to make a difference in our community 20 years after he first began serving in the United States Army,” said Assembly Salas. “It’s my honor to recognize him as Veteran of the Year for his continued service and tireless advocacy on behalf of the veteran community.”

“I am deeply honored and am thankful to Asm. Salas for this distinct recognition,” said Sergeant Justin Warren Bond.  “Service and sacrifice for country is something I do without the expectation of praise but I was very proud to stand alongside other California veterans to celebrate this special ceremony.” 

Justin Warren Bond was born in Kings County and rejoined the U.S. Army after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Sgt. Bond was wounded while engaged in a fire fight during the battle of Fallujah in Iraq.  Multiple rounds from an AK-47 penetrated the center of both of his knees, resulting in the amputation of his left leg. Since returning home and going through numerous surgeries, Sgt. Bond has dedicated his time to helping fellow veterans through PTSD and transitioning back into civilian life.

Sgt. Bond has received the Purple Heart Medal and other military medals, awards and recognitions for his service. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Our Heroes’ Dreams, a non-profit organization that helps help fellow soldiers. The program allows veterans and their families to participate a rehabilitative Healing Safari program where they are able to interact directly with animals providing therapeutic effects for participants.

In addition, Sgt. Bond is a proud member of the American Legion, AMVETS, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Bond was also recognized by President Bush in his book Portraits of Courage for his endless advocacy on behalf of the veteran community. The book is a vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America military veterans.  It includes painting of Sgt. Bond as well as many more veterans.

The 10th Annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon was hosted in partnership with the following major veteran service organizations: American Legion, AMVETS, the California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council.