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McCarthy Announces Wounded Warrior Program Fellows in Bakersfield Office

Feb 7, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that Mr. Perry Finzel and Mr. Gary Medina, both of Bakersfield, have joined his Bakersfield office as Fellows from the Wounded Warrior Program of the House of Representatives:

“I am proud to announce that Mr. Finzel and Mr. Medina will be completing the remainder of their Wounded Warrior Program fellowships in my Bakersfield office. With the terms of Congressman Valadao and Congressman Knight having recently ended, I was honored to extend an offer to these decorated veterans to join my staff. I am confident that they will continue to excel in their new roles, and that the citizens of the Central Valley, Antelope Valley, and Indian Wells Valley will benefit from their knowledge and experience. Both Mr. Finzel and Mr. Medina have illustrious military backgrounds and proven track records of exceptional public service, and I am excited to continue working to advance the interests of our constituents with them on board.”

Background

The Wounded Warrior Program provides veterans with two-year fellowships in the House of Representatives. Each Congress, 54 honorably discharged veterans are selected to work in Member District Offices across the country. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Program, please click here.

Perry Finzel was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 as a Field Radio Operator, and has been stationed at Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, and in Boise, Idaho as a recruiter. Perry deployed three times and has been to Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Kenya, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar. He was honorably retired from the Marine Corps after 16 years of service in 2014, and joined former Congressman David Valadao’s office as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in September of 2017.

Gary Medina is a Bakersfield native, and graduated from Foothill High School in 2006 before attending California State University, Bakersfield. Answering the call to duty, Gary left CSUB to join the Marine Corps in 2007. While in the Marine Corps, he was deployed three times with an infantry unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines 1st Marine Division, and attained the rank of sergeant. In 2017 he was accepted to serve as a Wounded Warrior Program Fellow for former Congressman Steve Knight.