Steve Tindall, of Kenosha, speaks after receiving the 2022 1st Congressional District Veteran of the Year honors from Congressman Bryan Steil. Looking on are, from left, local veteran Gary Beltoya, Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman, and Steil.

Kenosha’s Steve Tindall receives 1st District Veteran of the Year award from Rep. Bryan Steil

U.S. Navy vet 'nominated for his service, dedication, and commitment to uplifting countless veterans in our community'

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BRISTOL — On Thursday (Nov. 10), Congressman Bryan Steil presented Kenosha’s Steve Tindall, a U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, with Wisconsin’s First District 2022 Veteran of the Year award.

Congressman Bryan Steil and Kenosha veteran Steve Tindall pose for a photo beside the POW-MIA Honor Chair that Tindall was instrumental in bringing to the Kenosha County Center in 2020 for permanent display. Tindall was also involved in the placement of chairs at the Kenosha County Administration Building and Simmons Field in Kenosha — efforts that were cited among his many veteran-related activities.

“I am honored to present Steve Tindall with the 2022 Veteran of the Year Award,” Steil said. “Steve was nominated for his service, dedication, and commitment to uplifting countless veterans in our community. He volunteers at countless organizations focused on supporting our veterans and has continued his service to our community following his years in the Navy.

“We cannot thank each of our veterans enough for their service and sacrifice to our country. I remain committed to working for each of the heroes in our community and appreciate everyone’s submissions.”

Tindall served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1978 during the Vietnam War. He was a Fire Control Technician/Gun Fire Control Systems First Class Petty Officer, who was responsible for aiming and firing the guns on board the ships. His service has been recognized by receiving the National Defense Medal and two Good Conduct Awards.

Tindall is active with the Navy Club Ship 40, American Legion, Stars and Stripes Honor Flights, Rolling Thunder Chapter 2, the Kenosha County Veteran’s Council, Hospice Alliance, Veteran’s food pantry, the Hero’s Café, Veteran Stand Downs events, Care Packages for Troops, and more.

Dignitaries and the honorees present pose for a photo at Thursday’s 1st Congressional District Veteran of the Year program at the Kenosha County Center. They are, from left: Kenosha County Veterans Services Director Ali Nelson, Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman, City of Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty, honoree Carl Anders, Congressman Bryan Steil, honoree Steve Tindall, local veteran Gary Beltoya, and Kenosha Alderman and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jack Rose.

Steil also recognized Wisconsin’s First District residents Michael Denko, Lawrence, Gums, and Carl Anders as finalists of the 2022 Veteran of the Year Award.


The First Congressional District’s Veteran Advisory Board evaluated nominees by reviewing the following criteria:

SERVICE: Demonstrate a commitment to service in their community. This could be through advocacy, community projects, an act of heroism, or other actions.

EXCELLENCE: Provide an example of how this veteran exudes a spirit of excellence.

DEDICATION: Have a dedication to supporting their fellow veterans and building bridges between veterans and our greater Southeast Wisconsin community.

Nominees had to be a veteran of one of the five Armed Forces of the United States, including Reserve or National Guard, or United States Merchant Marines. All nominees had to supply a DD-214 and live within Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.

During Steil’s time in Congress, he has assisted countless veterans with constituent casework inquiries and introduced legislation to support Wisconsin veterans. Most recently, Steil introduced the Survivor Benefits Fairness Act to correct a survivor benefits issue at the VA and the No Veteran Falls Through the Cracks Act to support veterans mental health.