The following press release is from Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski's office.
Sacramento—Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) selected Milpitas’ Denny Weisgerber as the 20th Assembly District Veteran of the Year. Weisgerber was honored during the 2012 Veterans Recognition Luncheon today at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Weisgerber served as a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Earlier this year, he received an honorary promotion from staff sergeant to gunnery sergeant. He is a Purple Heart and Navy Cross recipient.
“Denny Weisgerber’s life is a shining example of someone who practices service above self,” Wieckowski said. “Whether it’s service to his country, his city, his fellow Marines or his family, he is an inspiration to many. His commitment to veterans is never ending.”
During his service in Korea, Weisgerber was severely wounded. Despite his wounds he exposed himself to intense hostile fire to aid a wounded soldier. He later lost his leg as a result of the injury.
In June 2011, he was one of about 25 Bay Area veterans presented with a Quilt of Valor at the Fremont Union High School District. At the ceremony he was given two additional quilts for “wounded warriors,” which he presented to the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. Weisgerber volunteers at the hospital a couple times a month.
Weisgerber works with returning veterans and counsels amputee veterans in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. He continues to serve on numerous boards in the community.