Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd Dist., a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, will be joined by U.S. Navy Veteran Joy Lewis Asuncion of Belfast as his guest at the 2018 State of the Union address tomorrow night.

Born and raised in Belfast, Asuncion served in the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1994, retiring with the rank of senior chief. Since retiring from service, she has been involved in helping veterans in numerous ways. She is a member of the Honor Flight Maine board of directors, a Maine Troop Greeter, and the Maine State Ambassador for The Women in Military Service for America Memorial. She also writes a veterans news column for The Republican Journal.

“I am extremely honored to have Joy Asuncion, a 20-year service veteran, retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief, and Belfast native, join me for the 2018 State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C.,” Poliquin said in a news release. “Joy does incredible work on behalf of our veterans in Maine and I’m proud to represent her and the more than 60,000 veterans in Maine’s 2nd District.”

Asuncion said, “I am honored and blessed to be invited to join Congressman Poliquin as his guest at the State of the Union address in our nation’s capital.”

Asuncion currently volunteers her time on Poliquin’s Veteran Advisory Panel as chairman for Waldo County. According to the news release, Poliquin launched the panel earlier this year as a board of Maine veterans that serves as a grassroots, bottom-up tool to assist him in his work on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, helping him to hear and better understand issues affecting veterans in local communities across Maine’s expansive and rural 2nd Congressional District.

Asuncion is also the mother of John Asuncion and “Grammy Joy” to grandchildren Elijah and Isabella Asuncion.

At the last State of the Union address in January 2016, Poliquin invited Bangor World War II and Korean War veteran Norman Rossignol to attend. Rossignol died in September 2017 at the age of 91.