Winner of the VVMF Cruise for America’s Heroes

Joe J. Barry,It is my great honor to announce the winner of the VVMF Cruise for America’s Heroes.After reading through hundreds of nominations from all over the country, we have selected Joe Connolly of Boston, Massachusetts as the recipient of the four-day Princess Cruises vacation to the Western Caribbean.

Take a look at the life of this amazing veteran, told by three of his children who nominated him:

My father is a Vietnam veteran. When he returned from war, he became a Boston firefighter and has dedicated his life to the service of others for over 40 years. Between providing for his family, working for our city, and putting four children through college, he has not been able to take a real vacation.
– Elizabeth Connolly

For the past 12 years my father has gone to DC for Veterans Day and has encouraged his children to come with him and show respect. It is always my favorite time of year, because I have the privilege of standing among the true heroes of this great country, the ones who survived and the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
– Michaela Connolly

Rather than take vacations, they attended little league games and Irish Step dancing recitals. Rather than buy new cars, they drove around in 15 year old clunkers so that their children could have a car to share in our teenage years. My parents haven’t been on a vacation in over 20 years because they put their children first.
– Joe Connolly

As a family man, a firefighter, and a veteran, Joe is the epitome of an American hero. We’re honored to give him some well-deserved R&R.

Jan Scruggs
President and Founder
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

P.S. There is still space available on this one-of-a-kind cruise. Book your room today!

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About jbarry

I am a United States Navy Veteran. I served during the Vietnam War from 1973-1975. I was an Aviation Structural Mechanic "E". I was raised in South Boston "Southie" Massachusetts and I now live in Lancaster, MA. My interests are photography, sailing, building and repairing computers, cars, the great outdoors, traveling and now website design. I recently graduated Mount Wachusetts Community College, I received an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology. I have attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston State Collage and Massasoit Community College. I have a CompTIA "A+" Certificate and a CHDP title. I have retired from The Department of Revenue where I was a System Analyst. I have worked for HP under contract to The Bank of America as a Field Engineer.
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