We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.
— Barack Obama

Nominations for 2015 Veterans Awards

 


Honorary vetty recipient

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

 
 

The George Washington University

Operation GW VALOR is spearheaded by Vice Admiral (ret) Melvin Williams, Jr., GW's Associate Provost for Military and Veterans Affairs. In addition, Dr. Alfred Hamilton, a Lieutenant Colonel (ret) and an Assistant Professor, serves as a senior advisor and helps us develop our academic strategy. 

The goal of Operation GW VALOR is to bring together university stakeholders who interact with military and veteran students, and who can help the university focus initiatives in their home departments to better serve our students. As a collaborative initiative, Operation GW VALOR is supported by the following key groups:

The VALOR Advisory Board is a dedicated board of external advisors, a diverse mix of men and women who have volunteered to provide their work, wisdom, and wealth in support of VALOR students. 

VALOR Staff: provides day to day leadership and accountability towards achieving desired effectiveness, performance, and outcomes associated with the Operation GW VALOR vision, mission, strategy, priorities (3 core values and initiatives-learning, service and excellence), and principles (PATRIOTS).

The VALOR Academic Council is a group of academic leaders representing all of GW's Schools and Colleges who gather quarterly to discuss how GW's course offerings and academic support services can be best tailored to assist the university's military and veteran students. The group is charged with helping to formulate innovative academic programs.

VALOR Champions are key collaborative stakeholders, university-wide across GW divisions, programs, schools, and geographic locations who choose to champion Operation GW VALOR vision, mission, strategy, priorities (3 core values and initiatives-learning, service and excellence), and principles (PATRIOTS).  Meets periodically with VALOR staff to gain understanding of the Operation GW VALOR vision, mission, strategy, priorities (3 core values and initiatives-learning, service and excellence), and principles (PATRIOTS), to provide their views and perspectives, and to consider taking action to enhance the success of student military members, their student dependent family members, and student veterans (so as to) accelerate learning opportunities and rewards (VALOR).

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Veterans Mental Health

 

Give an Hour

www.giveanhour.org

 

The 296 Project

www.the296project.org

 

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center at

NYU Langone Medical Center

http://nyulangone.org/locations/cohen-veterans-center

 


Veterans Community

 

Disabled Veteran Business Alliance

www.dvba.org

 

Green Beret Foundation

www.greenberetfoundation.org

 

Team Rubicon

www.teamrubiconusa.org

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America

www.pva.org 

 

Operation First Response, Inc.

www.operationfirstresponse.org

 


Women Veterans

 

Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

 

 

www.saluteheroes.org

 

Women Veterans ROCK!

www.womenvetsrock.org

 

Women Veterans Interactive

www.womenveteransinteractive.org

 


HOMELESS VETERANS

 

Alpha Omega Veterans Services

www.alphaomegaveterans.org

 

Veterans Multi-Service Center

www.vmcenter.org

 

Atlas Research

www.atlasresearch.us

 


LGBT Veterans 

 

American Veterans for Equal Rights

www.aver.us

 

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

www.thedccenter.org

 

SPARTA Pride

www.spartapride.org

 


Honorary Nominations 

Best Military Friendly Educational Institution

 

Liberty University Christian College Education

www.liberty.edu 

 

Penn State University

www.psu.edu

 

University of Maryland University

www.umuc.edu