[HARTFORD, CT] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement following news today of the death of Michael Zacchea, a decorated Marine Corps Veteran and Blumenthal’s 2016 guest to the State of the Union address.
“Michael Zacchea was the model for public service — a heroic soldier and tireless advocate who helped countless veterans across Connecticut start, strengthen and expand their businesses,” said Blumenthal. “He was a decorated officer who earned two Bronze Stars for Valor and a Purple Heart. After his service, Michael continued to give back by creating countless jobs and opportunities for other veterans. He was beloved by his fellow veterans and his legacy of unselfish and unfailing service and generosity will live on in the many lives he touched both here in Connecticut and across the nation.”
Zacchea was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, having received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his heroic service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was wounded in the 2nd Battle of Fallujah in 2004 and was medically retired. He served as the Program Manager for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at the University of Connecticut School of Business, helping to support veterans in establishing and growing businesses.