We remember all Veterans today, and with three Veterans running for Congress to represent McHenry County in Washington, we call out and thank them for their service.
Anthony Catella is running for Congress in the 14th district.
After graduating with a degree in American Studies from Quincy University, Catella enlisted in the Army and served from 1994-1999.
Catella served as a member of the Military Police Corps, including deployment to Europe as part of Operation Joint Endeavor, the NATO peacekeeping after the Balkans Civil War. After deployment to Europe, he was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Additionally, he served in the Army Reserve, where he attained the rank of captain prior to leaving the service in 2010.
Within a month after 9/11, Catella was recalled to service and stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for 10 months.
While in the Army Reserve, Catella attended seminary and in 2010 he was ordained by the Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana) and served as a priest in the Pelican State in Leesville, very close to Fort Polk. His service in God’s army was as a parochial vicar.
After leaving the priesthood in early 2015, he returned to St. Charles.
Last year, Catella was commissioned as a captain in the Indiana Guard Reserve, a well-regulated militia under the authority of the governor of Indiana.
Dr. Gordon “Jay” Kinzler
Dr. Kinzler is running for Congress in the 6th district.
His campaign released this video through social media where another veteran tells about Dr. Kinzler enlisting in the Army in his late 40s.
Dr. Kinzler, who’s now in his early 60s, currently serves as a colonel in the Army Reserves and continues practicing medicine to support the troops.
In the video posted on her campaign’s Facebook page edition of her weekly “Friday Night Lights”, Ives introduces her husband’s side of the family and his military service.
The video also includes a passionate discussion about socialism and why it is popular among young people.
She discusses her time at West Point, and travelling to Cold War Germany and what life was like back in the latter days of the Cold War.
Something, Ives believes is forgotten among Millennials and Generation Z.
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