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Active duty service men and women honored in Henderson

Daniel Gutierrez

Active duty service men and women honored in Henderson

CREATED May. 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Some Henderson men and women serving our country are being honored. It's all part of the city's Military Recognition Banner Program. We spoke with one couple today, whose son and daughter are both being recognized. 

Deborah and Jim Kultala are Air Force veterans with kids who followed mom and dad's lead. Their son, Sgt. James Hunt is an Intelligence Analyst in the Army, and is currently serving in Afghanistan.
"This is his 5th deployment. He deployed 4 times to Iraq and this is his first time going to Afghanistan," says Jim.
Daughter Chelsea, is a Senior Airman stationed at Nellis Air Force Base.
"She's in the Security Forces. Equal to a police officer. And she's been in for 2 years now," says Deborah.
Banners featuring these two Green Valley High School graduates are up on Water Street in downtown Henderson, along with pictures of other service men and women. They also line a stretch of Green Valley Parkway, just north of Horizon Ridge. Every one of these honors an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who lives in Henderson, or is an immediate family member of a Henderson resident. 
Jim says it's important to remember those deployed and serving in some way.
"It's just a good thing to keep the word out and fresh in people's minds, because people do get complacent and they forget," says Jim.
The banners went on display this month and will come down in November, when all these service men and women will be honored at a special ceremony. Then a new round of banners will go up until May of next year. 
Deborah says they're a real symbol of appreciation.
"All the moms are so excited to see their kids up on the street and to be recognized. Because it's a huge sacrifice for these families and they miss their kids," says Deborah.
There is a $150 fee to nominate a service person. The deadline for the next round of banners is October first. Keep in mind, the city says they had an overwhelming response to the program. Spaces are limited, so don't wait until the last minute to apply.