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WHEREAS, Thomas A. Swann is a Vietnam era veteran who served our nation honorably in the United States Marine Corps; and,

WHEREAS, Thomas A. Swann is founder of AMVETS Post 66 is Palm Springs, District 9 AMVETS Commander; member of The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans; the Blind Veterans of America, and of California's only Catholic War Veterans Post 762 in San Bernardino; and,

WHEREAS, Thomas A. Swann is founding Chairman of the California Democratic Party's Veterans Caucus, Past President of Palm Springs Gay Veterans, member of the California State Democratic Party's Central Committee; and,

WHEREAS, Thomas A. Swann is a champion of veterans rights, workers rights, civil rights, sexual orientation/identity rights, AIDS awareness, and Health Maintenance Organization accountability.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Thomas A. Swann, an honorable veteran and champion of diversity, health, and workers rights is commended and thanked on behalf of the people of this State, by the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Thank you for bravely fighting on behalf of those unable to do it themselves. May you succeed in all your future endeavors. "Semper Fidelis"

Subscribed on this 15th day of February, 2002

Secretary of Veterans Affairs