Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans
The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Solutions paid special tribute to several American Legion members during Thursday’s Packers-Texans game for Operation Fan Mail.
Those saluted prior to the game include:
- Jim Chapin, from Saint Croix Falls, Wis., joined the U.S. Army in 1967 and was deployed to Vietnam soon after. He received two Bronze Stars, one with Valor, and was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He currently serves as the State American Legion Finance Chairman.
- Tim Baranzyk, who is originally from Shell Lake, Wis., joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam from 1967–68 during the Tet Offensive as a fire direction control on the DMZ. After deployment, he served in the military police until 1969. He now serves as a volunteer at the Milwaukee VA, helping homeless veterans.
- Brian Burdick, who is originally from Wautoma, Wis., enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1995, and he has been deployed five times, including to Afghanistan in 2009 as a commissioned officer in the Nurse Corps. Commander Select Burdick is currently stationed at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va., where he serves as the assistant department head of the emergency department.
- Amber Nikolai, who is originally from Omro, Wis., served in the U.S. Navy as Master-at-Arms from 2002 to 2005, and was deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. She worked for the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department for six years and served for five years with the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. She currently serves as the Department Adjutant for the American Legion in Wisconsin, where she is responsible for the management of over 50,000 Legionnaires and 500 posts throughout Wisconsin.