LaSata announces Veteran of the Year

LANSING, Mich.  State Sen. Kim LaSata on Monday announced the recipient of her Veteran of the Year award, Lawrence Wozniak, of Stevensville.

“West Michigan is blessed with so many great veterans, and it is my honor to recognize Lawrence Wozniak as the 21st Senate District’s Veteran of the Year,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “Larry’s dedicated service to country, community and family is to be admired and celebrated. On behalf of everyone in our part of the state, I say thank you to Larry and congratulations on this much-deserved recognition. We all are grateful for his service and for all veterans who have served our country.”

Wozniak is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served for five years of combined active and active reserve duty, which included a tour in Vietnam.

He entered the Army in 1969 and quickly rose to the rank of second lieutenant. After advanced training as a signal corps officer, he was deployed to Vietnam, during which he was promoted to first lieutenant. Upon his return to the U.S. he continued to serve on active reserve and was promoted to captain.

Wozniak was nominated by Thomas Wozniak because of his volunteerism in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Stevensville and throughout Southwest Michigan.

The Veteran of the Year currently serves as president of Lest We Forget, a veteran service organization. He also serves as an officer with the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and as a member of the Lakeshore Lions Club and the West Michigan Tourist Association.

He is past president of the Southwest Michigan Tourist Association, past president and former 14-year member of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce board of directors, former board member for Support Our Troops, and a former member of the Lakeshore Rotary Club.

He and his family also owned the former Bella Villa Motel on Red Arrow Highway and transformed it into Park Inn International.