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Excerpted from Rancho Cordova Independent
August 5, 2016

“It is a great honor to be recognized as the Veteran of the Year,” said honoree, Kevin Cameron, shown at left with Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova). --Photo courtesy Ken Cooley

Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Kevin Cameron as the 8th Assembly District’s 2016 Veteran of the Year. Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve making significant contributions to their communities.

“Following his distinguished service in the U.S. Army, Kevin founded a one-of-a-kind non-profit that honorably serves the nation,” said Cooley. “He uses his expertise in dog training, as well as military ethical standards, to provide for Americans in need” continued Cooley.

Cameron served in the United States Army from 1997 until his honorable discharge in 2011, after receiving a Purple Heart. As a Military Working Dog Trainer, Cameron designed numerous programs that produced Working Dog Teams successful in many explosive and narcotic finds. Using his experience in the Army, Cameron founded Alpha K9, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans, people living with PTSD, domestic and sexual abuse victims, and children.

“It is a great honor to be recognized as the Veteran of the Year,” said honoree, Kevin Cameron. “I am able to receive this honor because of Alpha K9 and the Service Dogs we have been able to provide to our wonderful veterans. Without the generous support for our program providing service dogs to our veterans would not be possible,” continued Cameron.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.