Negrete was raised with a great respect for the Armed Forces being from a family with a long history of military service. His grandfather was a retired Army Master Sergeant and two-time Purple Heart recipient who served in Europe during WWI and WWII, his father is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant who served in country during the Vietnam War, his stepfather was an Army Sergeant stationed in Korea, and he has many other extended family members who also served.

Negrete initially enlisted in the Marine Corps, and subsequently in the Coast Guard collectively serving 10 years during the Cold War and Persian Gulf War eras.

In the Marine Corp, Negrete, served as an 0351 Infantry Assaultman, as a SMAW Team Leader, and as a member of the Honor Guard and earned two meritorious promotions. While in the Coast Guard Negrete served as an Electronics Technician and performed an array of duties from maritime law enforcement, including with Mississippi’s “Blue Lightning Strike Force”, search and rescue, multi-national naval operations and electronic warfare operations aboard ship. He additionally graduated from two inter-service schools, the Navy Electronic Warfare School and the Air Force NCO Academy, where he also received the Academy’s Air Force Citizenship Award for exemplary professionalism and leadership.

Negrete had a variety of memorable assignments and ports while serving such as NAS Pensacola, FL – “Home of the Blue Angels”, Guantánamo Bay Cuba, USCGC Acushnet (WMEC 167), USCGC Campbell (WMEC 909), Columbia, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Haiti, Bermuda, and St. Lucia to name just a few.

In 2001, Negrete sustained a cervical injury resulting in incomplete quadriplegia. He joined Paralyzed Veterans of America in 2008. PVA’s New England Chapter assisted Negrete with all the necessary paperwork to enroll and start receiving care through the VA Health Care system. Negrete said, “I couldn’t be more thankful to have such a knowledgeable resource available to assist me with receiving the benefits I had earned.”

Since enrolling in VA care, he has received all of his healthcare, prescriptions, prosthetics, even adaptive vehicle funding, through the VA, and couldn’t be happier. “It’s been completely life-changing for both me and my wife Terry,” stated Negrete.

“In addition to helping me receive specialized VA healthcare and benefits, PVA has opened the door and shown me there is so much more to life than I ever thought was possible living with a spinal cord injury.”

“I sincerely believe in making a difference in the lives of veterans with spinal cord injuries. As part of this effort, I want to help ensure the Chapter continues to be there as a resource for others that might be in need, whether seeking VA benefits, specialized medical care, life enrichment or just some camaraderie with their peers.” said Negrete, when asked about his volunteer work with the New England Chapter.

Some of Negrete’s other Chapter volunteer work over the past 14 years has involved spending time in Washington, D.C. representing New England PVA’s members before their Congressional delegates. Michael has also represented the Chapter at PVA’s Annual Conventions and Fall Board of Directors meetings as both Chapter President and National Director, as well. Additionally, he volunteers time with PVA serving on its National Finance and Budget Committee. Negrete also had the privilege of being appointed by PVA National President David Zurfluh to serve on special ad hoc Chapter Hearing Panel.

Negrete joined the Chapter Board of Directors in 2015 and was elected President in 2017. Under his leadership,   the Chapter earned the John Price Most Improved Chapter award, Richard Fuller Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Relations, Bob Webb Excellence in Newsletter, and Outstanding Chapter Website. Negrete was also the 2021 recipient of PVA’s Dwain Taylor Award for Voluntary Service recognizing his exceptional contributions.

He also served as the Chapter’s National Director to PVA, Communications Director and Editor of their newsletter the “CordWord”. Possessing an extensive IT background, Negrete also manages the Chapter’s IT infrastructure, including its newly redesigned website. He additionally served on PVA’s National Finance and Budget Committee, and was selected by former PVA National President David Zurfluh to serve on a special Chapter Investigative Hearing Panel.

Negrete was re-elected as PVA National Vice President in May 2022 during the organization’s 76th Annual Convention, to begin a new, one-year term on July 1, 2022. Important to Negrete as continuing as Chair of the National Spouse and Caregiver Committee, is expanding the needs of these special individual’s physical and mental wellbeing, including education about eligible benefits and resources available to them.

When not working or volunteering for PVA or the local Boys and Girls Club, Negrete enjoys dining out with family and friends, concert going, Broadway shows in NY, and has become an avid traveler, cruising aboard ship, visiting Puerto Rico and other destinations all across the country, with his most frequent and favorite destination being Las Vegas. He has also driven extensively throughout the Northeast from Maine to Virginia.


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