Napa Valley College student selected as Veteran of the Year

Napa Valley College student selected as Veteran of the Year

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Assemblymember Bill Dodd selected Cassidy Nolan, center, as Veteran of the Year in the 4th Assembly District.  With Nolan at the Capitol ceremony is his wife, Jillian.

Veteran Cassidy Nolan, a 26-year-old Napa Valley Community College student, was honored Wednesday in the State Capitol as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 4th Assembly District.

Each year, the state Assembly honors one veteran from each of the state’s Assembly Districts who has significantly contributed to their local communities and served their country with honor and distinction.

“It was a privilege to be recognized along with veterans of all different generations from across California. This was a special day that highlighted the contributions of veterans,” Nolan said.

Nolan joined the military immediately after graduating high school in 2008, enlisting in the Marine Corps. He served two deployments in Afghanistan from 2008-2013 as Senior Intelligence Analyst and later as Intelligence Chief and Assistant Security Manager. During his service, Nolan received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. After completing his service in July 2013 with the rank of E-4 Corporal, Nolan enrolled at NVC to study business management.

“As we look ahead toward our Independence Day, it’s important to honor veterans like Nolan who have protected this nation and are now supporting other veterans as they return home,” Dodd said in a news release.

At NVC, Nolan became president of their Student Veterans Organization in 2013. As president, he acts as an ambassador between veterans and the college, and as a veteran he understands the difficulties and challenges that fellow veterans face when leaving the military. He provides outreach, college assistance, scholarships and other financial support for veterans attending NVC.

In his three years as president, Nolan has been instrumental in the transition and development of a new version of a Pathway Home in Yountville, which helps empowered veterans through education and adequate medical treatment.

Looking to the future, Nolan has plans to transfer to UC Berkeley to finish his studies in business management. When Nolan is not advocating for veterans or pursuing his education, he spends time with his wife and two little girls.

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