Local veteran Barry Culhane nominated for state Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame | News
A local veteran with over 40 years of involvement in veterans’ organizations is being recognized for his service.
Dr. Barry R. Culhane, executive assistant to the president at Rochester Institute of Technology, has been nominated by state Sen. Jim Alesi, R-Perinton, for induction into the 2012 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
“Dr. Culhane has been a tireless advocate for our veterans, and I am proud to nominate him for induction into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame,” said Alesi. “His service to our nation and to his fellow veterans deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide.”
A Rochester native and 1964 Gates Chili High School graduate, Culhane served in the United States Army as a medic from 1969 to 1971. Twice he was ordered to go to Vietnam, but twice the order were changed, and he remained stateside for the entirety of his service, serving as a medic.
Despite the uncertainty he faced, Culhane said, he learned the value of discipline and gained an appreciation for the diversity of people in the United States.
“When I was in the military, I learned to be part of a bigger team, a bigger cause,” he said.