Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan hosted the Inaugural Weekend for Warriors this past weekend which provided four local veterans a weekend long outdoor experience including activities including fly fishing and skeet shooting. The honorees were Sgt. Marc Coviello, US Army; Sgt. Adam Roche, USMC; Sr. Airman Matthew Kemlage, US Air Force; and Sr. Airman T.J. Spiak, US Air Force.
The weekend culminated with a reception on Sunday afternoon honoring the four men. A posthumous award was also presented to the family of John Flowers, member of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.
During the reception Coughlan presented Coviello, one of the weekend’s honorees and founder of the Hudson Valley Hero Project a check for $7,000. The Hudson Valley Hero Project is a non-profit organization serving local veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.
“Each of these four young men, in addition to their incredible military service, has continued to assist our local community with loyalty and conviction,” Coughlan said. “I am honored to host an event that raises money to provide the necessary, supportive services for local veterans. We owe it to our service men and women, to do more for them as well as their families during their transition from military to civilian life.”
Coughlan said in addition to honoring “the exemplary service of these four individuals, we can shine a light on many of the year round needed of veterans throughout the Hudson Valley.”