The Montana Governor's Veteran Commendation honors exceptional Montana veterans who have bravely served their country in uniform and improved their local community.

In 2021, 31 veterans received the award, along with 51 in 2022.

Gianforte presents awardees with a state flag flown over the Montana State Capitol in their honor, as well as a letter praising them for their life of service, at ceremonies attended by their family, friends, and members of the community.

The 2022 award winners are:

In Great Falls, the governor recognized:

U.S. Navy veteran Billy Edward Benton Jr.

U.S. Army veteran Dennis Burns

U.S. Navy veteran Joseph Dusatko

Montana National Guard veteran Candice Griffith

U.S. Army veteran William Patrick O'Donnell

In Red Lodge, the governor recognized U.S. Air Force veteran Bob Larson.

Bob Larson Veteran Commendation

Gov. Gianforte in Red Lodge honoring U.S. Air Force veteran Bob Larson

In Lewistown, the governor recognized:

U.S. Navy veteran Dean Martin

U.S. Army and Army National Guard veteran Robert Dean Miller

U.S. Army veteran Donald Pfau

In Columbus, the governor recognized:

U.S. Army veteran Kristopher Bartley

U.S. Army veteran Kyle Stadel

In Billings, the governor recognized:

U.S. Air Force veteran Dan Hargrove

U.S. Air Force veteran Jerry Hudson

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ralph McKinney

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Alexander Roth

U.S. Navy veteran Joseph Sanders

Douglas Howard Parrott Veteran Commendation

Gov. Gianforte and First Lady Susan Gianforte with U.S. Navy veteran Douglas Howard Parrott and his wife Cindy in Roundup

In Livingston, the governor recognized:

U.S. Army veteran Robert Eyman

U.S. Air Force veteran Ken Handl

Finally, in Roundup, the governor recognized U.S. Navy veteran Douglas Howard Parrott.

Gianforte will open nominations for the 2023 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation in September.

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