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Michael Burke

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Michael Burke “was born on September 4, 1949 and raised in Wyandanch, New York located on Long Island where he resided for 24 years. He graduated from Wyandanch Memorial High School in 1968. Upon his graduation he worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in Manhattan for a short stint before being drafted into the United States Army in April of 1969. He secured a position at IBM and retired after 24 years one month and twelve days of service. While working for IBM, Michael joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Vail Wolff/McKenna Frye Post 170 in Poughkeepsie, New York. There he was elected to and held the offices of Surgeon, Senior Vice Commander and was Post Commander for the years 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2010-2011. He also held the office of Senior Vice Commander on the VFW Dutchess County Council. Michael was then elected to District Junior Vice Commander in 2008, District Senior Vice Commander in 2009 and then the prestigious office of District Commander in 2010.”  Michael Burke is a co-author of All About Michael: A Vietnam Revelation.

According to the book description of All About Michael: A Vietnam Revelation, “Author Bernadette M. Burke has always looked up to her brother, Michael. At the tender age of twenty, Michael Burke almost lost his life fighting to defend the quality of life and freedom valued by all Americans. His experiences on the field of combat in Vietnam were like that of many, yet his spirit prevailed when others crumbled. He saw his comrades die in front of him and survived a bomb attack that claimed too many of his company.

Through it all, he never wavered from his commitment to do the right thing. He strives to be the best father, the best husband, the best man he can be, all while struggling to conquer the many demons that would overwhelm him. The horrors of war, with its many physical and psychological scars, still plague him. He remains dedicated to serving the veterans who need him the most, and this biography honors his contributions.

There are those who are called hero because of their desire to unselfishly put what's best for others ahead of their own needs. Michael Burke is one of these rare people. On June 14, 2011, he was inducted into the Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in Albany, New York. This honor was paid to him as a result of the work he has done throughout the years to help United States veterans and his local community. This is his story, as told by one of his biggest fans-his sister.”

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