Assemblymember Bloom Honors Hollywood Resident Mike Hjelmstad as Veteran of the Year

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO — On Wednesday, June 20, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) honored local veteran and Hollywood resident Mike Hjelmstad for his service to our country and his advocacy work on behalf of veterans. Mr. Hjelmstad received a special recognition at the 21st annual “Veteran of the Year” Luncheon in addition to receiving a resolution from Assemblymember Bloom recognizing his service to the veteran community.

“While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our veterans, it is important to for us to recognize our veterans for the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms, not just on days like today but every day,” Assemblymember Bloom. “Today, I had the privilege to honor Mike Hjelmstad for his selflessness and bravery. Mike left the military nearly a decade ago but has continued his service as an advocate for veterans and their families.”

Michael Hjelmstad served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 2009. While in the service of his country, he deployed to Iraq in support of combat operations during the Global War on Terrorism, acting as a Combat Correspondent and New Media Chief with the Marine Expeditionary Force. Since leaving service, he has utilized his experience to work as a military technical advisor on numerous films and television shows in Los Angeles. Mr. Hjelmstad continues to work for service members and veterans as a leader and active member of the American Legion, including the first Vice-Commander of Hollywood Post 43, Commander of the 24th District, and as a member of the National Media and Communications Council. 

Mr. Hjelmstad is a contributor to The American Legion Magazine and is dedicated to helping veterans across the state share their stories and experiences. In 2009, he completed a Certificate in Producing and Development from UCLA and is currently working on a documentary on the history of the American Legion.

Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.