Idaho lawmaker receives award for support of veterans

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Department of Defense recognized Rupert City Administrator Kelly Anthon for his support of military service personnel and Idaho veterans groups.

Anthon received the "Patriotic Employer" award for his work with the City of Rupert to support employees in the National Guard and Reserve Forces.

In particular Anthon was commended on an act he did for one of Rupert's police officers. Anthon, who is also a state senator, learned that the officer was about to be deployed with the Idaho Air National Guard while working in Boise.

He then bought a U.S. flag that had been flown over the state capitol as a gift to the officer. During the officer's deployment the flag was flown over Iraq and Syria aboard an A-10C Warthog on Sept. 11, 2016.

“I really believe that patriotism matters, but the support I give to our veterans and military members and their families is nothing in comparison to the sacrifice they give to our nation – they deserve our honor and support," Anthon said in a press release on Saturday.

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