BIOGRAPHY:

Fernando Rey

Fernando Rey

Hispanic Military Advocate

Fernando Rey is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director for Educational Programs, Heroes & Heritage. Mr. Rey is the principle representative of veterans and their historical contributions for the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic constituency‐based and civil rights organization. He has extensive contacts with key individuals in national Hispanic organizations and educational institutions. He is actively involved in promoting the contributions of veterans at colleges, universities, and high schools. Mr. Rey is the creator of “Inside the Department of Defense” (army4school), a unique and innovative approach to recruit military members and civilian employees. The proposal offers a view of the challenges and opportunities available with the United States Army and it can be adopted for use by private sector corporations and other government agencies. Mr. Rey is regarded as one of the leading motivational speakers on the contributions of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. His presentations are emotional and compelling. His presentation on a highly decorated World War II U.S. Army veteran at the first Department of Defense military awards breakfast in 2004 at a national conference brought national attention to WWII veterans. In 2007, Mr. Rey was formally recognized by the 110th Congress of the United States for his contributions to recognize the achievements of Hispanic military heroes and to encourage higher standards of education for at risk students in under-served communities. The Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, presented Mr. Rey with a Certificate of Special Achievement for his positive contributions on the future of the Armed Forces and the Armed Forces and the community.

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