Senator Debbie Stabenow made a stop at the VFW post in Chassell Monday afternoon to present a medal to a local veteran.
Sergeant Edward Karinen served in the Army from 1986 until 2002. He served in Korea from 1999 to 2000. Karinen was a watercraft operator and provided infantry supplies during his 16 years in the Army.
Senator Stabenow is an auxiliary member in Lansing and said she wanted to personally deliver the medal to Karinen. Karinen said the medal is a great honor, not only to him, but to all veterans.
â??It feels good to be able to receive this medal by a senator that supports veterans in the local area as well as our clinics and helping vets get the medical assistance that they not only need, but as well as deserve,â?? said Karinen.
Karinen said he continues to volunteer at local VAs in the U.P.