The founder of an organization that helps veterans cope with emotional issues resulting from combat is getting state recognition.

“The members of the Thirty-First Alaska State Legislature are proud to honor Chris Block for his tremendous contributions to the disabled, veterans, and Anchorage communities,” a citation from the Legislature reads.

Block founded the Alaska Warriors hockey team in 2017 as a way to help him cope with PTSD after 16 years in the Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard. The team, made up of disabled veterans, has now grown to have more than 70 names on its roster.

Block received the special citation from the Legislature in April, but Reps. Josh Revak, R-Anchorage; Sharon Jackson, R-Eagle River; and Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, — all veterans — presented it during an Alaska Warriors game Monday night.

"Without this family, I don't have my family. I want to skate with you guys. I love you guys, thank you so much. This is about you, and we need to get more veterans out here because this is what matters right here," Block said to the team.

The citation also recognizes Block for serving in Challenge Alaska, the parent organization of Alaska Warriors, founding the Contractors in Camo tournament through the Associated General Contractors of Alaska and volunteering with Special Olympics and other non-veteran disabled hockey programs.

Dave Leval contributed to this report.

Editor's note: This story originally aired on KTVA Channel 11 with inaccuracies about the award and recipient, which have been corrected here.

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