Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Veteran as The 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Veteran of the Year

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Honoree Marty Snezek, his wife Annette Snezek, and Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Honoree Marty Snezek, his wife Annette Snezek, and Assemblyman Ken Cooley

SACRAMENTO – Last week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Martin “Marty” Snezek as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 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.

“I greatly enjoy working with Marty and Sacramento’s Chapter 500 of Vietnam Veterans of America,” said Assemblyman Cooley.  “Marty’s enthusiasm for bringing together the men and women that fought in the Vietnam War is tremendously inspiring. The Sacramento region simply would not be the same without him.”

Born in Sandusky, Ohio, Marty entered the United States Air Force in 1969, with duty stations in Texas, Southeast Asia, and at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento.  After leaving the Air Force in 1975, Marty joined the State of California with the California Horse Racing Board as a Typist, Special Investigator, Senior Special Investigator, and Chief Investigator of the Northern Bureau of Enforcement.  He retired from State Service in 2010.  He joined the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Chapter 500, Sacramento, in 2006.  From 2012 to 2015, he served as Vice President and as President from 2015 to 2018.  He now serves as the Secretary/Treasurer.  In 2014, he was appointed at Chairman of the Investigative Subcommittee for the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honors committee.

“I’m honored to be recognized as Assemblyman Cooley’s veteran of the year,” said Snezek.  “I am especially grateful to work with many talented and passionate people here in Sacramento that make honoring veterans a priority for the region.”

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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