Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Each year, the Major George A. Smith Memorial Fund awards the HOOAH Award to a veteran who “defines citizenship through service to our country, both in uniform and beyond.” Past honorees include Eric Greitens, Derek Blumke, Eric Hilleman, and Chris Marvin; read their inspiring stories here. Nominations for the 2013 HOOAH Award are now being accepted.
The National Conference on Citizenship explains:
The goal for the HOOAH Award is to honor amazing patriots who are empowering the next generation of military veterans to continue to serve beyond their time in uniform. . . .
Beginning in 2013, the Memorial Fund and NCoC agreed to open up the process for public nominations. The process opens on April 1 and will close on Memorial Day (May 27). Nominators are asked to submit a bio of the nominee (no more than 250 words) and a description as to why the nominee deserves the award (no more than 100 words). Submissions will be accepted via email to [email protected]
The nominee is chosen using the following criteria:
MUST be a US military veteran
MUST attend the National Conference on Citizenship (Sept. 19-20 in Washington DC) and receive the award
MUST be currently serving their community in one of the following ways:
• social entrepreneur who has used their own experience and network to provide opportunities for other veterans to serve their communities
• public servant who has continued to serve their country and fellow veterans through government service (championing policies empowering veterans)
• businessman/woman who has ensured military and community service are a critical part of their corporate culture – leveraging their assets to support veterans