BIG SPRING - A Big Spring veteran was honored for his continuing hard work years after he served his country.
Mike Tarpley is a Vietnam veteran.
He served in the war and even received two Purple Heart awards.
A few weeks back mike was invited to Austin, but he couldn't go because he was playing taps for a veteran in Stanton.
Turns out, he was being given the Patriot of the Year Award.
When people that have been to war are veterans and wear the purple heart, and they honor a purple heart guy, that makes it pretty special to me," Tarpley said.