July 11, 2010

Corpsman wounded in Iraq named Veteran of the Year

Derek McGinnis of Waterford has been named the 25th Assembly District's Veteran of the Year by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale.

McGinnis was among those honored at a recognition luncheon June 23 in Sacramento. Serving as a Navy corpsman with the Marines 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq, McGinnis was wounded in November 2004 while in an ambulance on his way to retrieve wounded Marines.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury, shrapnel in his right eye and lost his left leg above the knee. He rehabilitated from those injuries and has run the Marine Marathon, a triathlon and has surfed.

He also wrote "Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management" and is an advocate for military members and veterans through the American Pain Foundation.

He now works as a readjustment counselor at the Modesto Vet Center, working with veterans from the Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korean wars, and World War II.

Three students from California State University, Stanislaus, received $5,000 intern scholarships during the National Society for Human Resource Management conference last week in San Diego. Danielle Fletcher, Adabel Sarhad and Jeffrey Fuller will have the opportunity to gain critical HR experience with the employers of their choice. CSU, Stanislaus, garnered three of the 20 such scholarships given out annually, repeating the school's achievement from 2008-09.

These students have worked for employers including Foster Farms; the cities of Modesto, San Bernardino and Merced; and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.

Bob Burge of Modesto's Cooper Co. received the statewide designation of being a certified community association manager from the California Association of Community Managers. Burge completed the educational program and met the other requirements to earn the designation. The association is a nonprofit that serves more than 2,600 managers and associates.

In what promises to be the best-groomed graduation of the summer, Adrian's Beauty College will present diplomas to more than 100 graduates of their cosmetology, esthetics and manicurist programs. The ceremony will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza.

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