Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Community Organizer as the 8th District’s 2017 Veteran of the Year

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SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, June 21st, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Jim Rounsavell as the 8th Assembly District’s 2017 Veteran of the Year.

Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve by making significant contributions to their communities.

“Jim’s drive to give back to veterans in his community of Citrus Heights, and his tenacity to pursue a life of service truly shines as a stellar guide that we may all follow,” said Cooley.

Jim served in the US Army Air Corps from 1947-1948, transitioning to the US Air Force from 1950-1954.  He started in the infantry and finished with religious chaplain duties as an Airman First Class.  During his service he was stationed in Panama.  For his service, Jim received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Service Defense Medal.  Jim and his wife Jeanne orchestrated the transformation of a building they acquired in 2013 into the Citrus Heights Veterans Community Center, a place where all veterans are welcome to visit with others and enjoy a cup of coffee. 

“There are so many people that do so much for the veterans; I’m just one of many.  It certainly is an honor,” said Jim Rounsavell. "I want to honor our police for protecting us daily and our firefighters that protect our property.  These heroes and our veterans sign up to guard and protect us, and if necessary give their lives to protect our freedom.  If we can repay them, it makes what we do worthwhile.”

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County. For more information, please visit


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