United States Army
Gil Calac of White Swan, Wash., has done much for veterans since he served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service. Gil, a member of the Paiute/Mission tribe of Susanville, Calif., and his wife, Valerie, a member of the Yakama Nation, live on the Yakama Indian Reservation. Before retiring, Gil worked as the Center director of Fort Simcoe Job Corps Center. He is also a member and cultural leader of the Yakama Warriors Association, a veterans organization. As an honor guard member, he participates in flag ceremonies and burials of deceased veterans. Gil was instrumental in getting a Vietnam Veterans Day proclaimed in Washington state, working for months with Representative Norm Johnson. Now each year, March 30 is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.