Gabriel "Gabe" Chapa received an award from VFW commander Juan Navejar with Post 8621 for his more than 40 years of service.

The plaque reads, "As our expression of sincere appreciation and full praise of service rendered to our veterans for more than 40 years." 

Chapa is currently a resident at Retama Manor nursing home.

Chapa served in the military as a World War II veteran.