Esty announces fellowship for military veteran

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WASHINGTON (WTNH) — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced Monday that a Marine veteran will be working in her Washington office as a part of a the Veterans Fellowship Program.

Christopher Andrew Marquez, a veteran with 8 years of active duty military service, will be working with veteran constituents and help to advance veteran priorities.

“We have an obligation to ensure that our veterans who sacrificed so much for this country have the opportunities and resources needed to continue serving our country and live healthy, productive lives – which entails bridging the gap between military service and civilian careers,” said Rep. Esty. “It is my honor to welcome Christopher to my office.”

Marquez served in the US Marine Corps from 2003-2011. During that time he was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Japan and also received several military awards and decorations. He has earned the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for acts of heroism while in combat.

He is also one of three Marines who are depicted on the No Man Left Behind statues that are located at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune.

He currently is an undergraduate student at American University where he is studying public relations, and strategic communication.

“I look forward to gaining professional experience in Congresswoman Esty’s office,” Marquez said. “This opportunity will provide invaluable training and mentor-ship while connecting my experiences to the legislative process and Rep. Esty’s focus on improving the transition from military service to civilian life.”

Fellowship participants, like Marquez, also take part in an educational curriculum where they are able to learn more about the legislative process and how to help constituents work with federal agencies.

Veterans who are interested in applying for the fellowship program can apply here.

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