Malagari hosts appreciation brunch to celebrate and support veterans

SOUDERTON, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, hosted a Veterans Appreciation Brunch at Generations of Indian Valley in Souderton, bringing together veterans and community members to express gratitude, share stories, and provide valuable support.

“I’m endlessly grateful to honor and thank the veterans for their selfless contributions to our nation, while paying respect to the sacrifices made by them and their fellow service members,” Malagari said. “Attendees were given a unique opportunity to congregate, fostering a sense of camaraderie and allowing for the sharing of experiences. It was an honor to spend time with so many brave and dedicated individuals and to hear their stories. Thank you to all our speakers and attendees for making it such an amazing event.”

Information on veteran benefits at the county and state levels was made available, along with assistance from Malagari's district office staff and federal liaisons in navigating various veteran programs.

The event commenced with the North Penn High School JROTC Color Guard leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Souderton Area High School Chorus sang the National Anthem and Pastor John Heidgerd of Emmanuel Lutheran Church offered a heartfelt prayer.

Malagari said the highlight of the brunch was the distinguished keynote speaker, retired U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. Corey Nawrocki. His powerful words resonated with the audience, underscoring the importance of recognizing and appreciating the sacrifices made by veterans.

Additional speakers included 2nd Lt. Ashley Ehasz, an Apache Helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army; retired Sgt. Sharon Cook-Vargas from the Women's Army Corps; U.S. Army Capt. Macklin Wagner; and U.S. Army veteran Walt Harnett, Quartermaster of VFW Post 1074 and Commander of VFW District 16.

Malagari expressed gratitude for the opportunity to host such a meaningful event and emphasized the importance of ongoing support for veterans in the community. Veterans in need of state assistance should contact his office by visiting or by calling 267-768-3671.