Military Members Get Special Recognition at USO Wisconsin Gala

NOW: Military Members Get Special Recognition at USO Wisconsin Gala

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- You’re overcome with a feeling of patriotism when you walk into the “Heroes of Wisconsin Gala.” The night gives the community a chance to say thank you to military families and honor the men and women who make sacrifices every day for our freedom.

Hundreds of people packed a ballroom at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Saturday night for the 4th annual event. USO Wisconsin honored a member of each branch of the military and a family of the fallen.

CBS 58 Morning News anchor Jessica Tighe served as emcee for the night. She did an on-stage interview with this year’s keynote speaker, former Green Bay Packer Daryn Colledge who’s now in the Army National Guard.

They talked about why Colledge went into the military after making millions in the NFL, his deployment to Afghanistan, and that time he won Super Bowl 45 with the Green Bay Packers!

Proceeds from the gala help sustain USO programs and centers in Wisconsin.

“Supporters of the event prove that the Wisconsin community is thankful for the military families who make sacrifices each day and recognizes the true heroes of Wisconsin who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom,” Josh Sova, Executive Director of USO Wisconsin, said.

The following awards were handed out at the end of the night:

Heroes of Wisconsin Honorees

Army: Captain Cody Anderson

Marine Corps: Michael Seppa

Navy: Operations Specialist, Second Class Amanda Jackson

Air Force: Andrew Marriott

Coast Guard: Petty Officer, Second Class Ben Trahan

Family of the Fallen: Staff Sergeant Andrew L. Bossert

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