In commemoration of Veteran's Day, the City Council honored 15 brave and selfless warriors during a special presentation this week. Each Councilmember selected an honoree living in his or her District to thank them for their service and commitment.
Councilman Curren Price shined a bright light on Mickiela Montoya, a District 9 veteran whom you might have read about in the book "The Lonely Soldier." She was also featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other outlets.
Mickiela served in the California Army National Guard and Army Reserves for eight years, including a deployment to Iraq for one year as a military police officer. After returning to the United States, she dedicated herself to raising public awareness on the lack of services available to help female veterans. Today, this extraordinary Council District 9 resident works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is carrying out her life's mission.
Thank you Mickiela for your love for country, democracy and humankind.