Charlie Geren Veteran Citizen of the Year

The Charlie Geren Veteran Citizen of the Year Award is a nomination-based program designed to recognize and celebrate veterans that have settled in the 99th District of the Texas House of Representatives and have worked to contribute to the improvement, vitality, and sustainability of the community, honorees are exceptional Americans in every way!

Roland Paquette – 2017 Citizen of the Year Award Winner

Mr. Paquette retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. During his career he served as security police and airfield management & as a Navigation System Technician.  Roland served in Vietnam, Grenada, and Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

In 1993, after his retirement, Roland joined the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Paquette currently serves at the DAV Department Service Officer working at the Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic. In addition to assisting with claims management, Roland is the “go to guy” when veterans need help paying utility bills, submitting travel vouchers for the Fort Worth “T”, and helping them secure gas cards for reliable transportation.

Mr. Paquette is a staunch supporter of the Homeless Veterans Program in Forth Worth. He ensures that homeless veterans at the Patriot and Liberty House are not forgotten about at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He works closely with social workers and the VA clinic so veterans needs are met during the stressful holiday season.

In 2003, Roland was elected to serve on the Tarrant County Veterans Council and currently serves as 1st Vice President. Mr. Paquette is heavily involved in the planning of the Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade and has been the Master of Ceremonies for many years.

Roland spends countless hours serving veterans in the local community. He has become a sounding board for homeless veterans who at times feel they have lost their voice. The distinctive accomplishments of Mr. Roland Paquette reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Air Force, the Disabled American Veterans organization, and District 99.</div

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