WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) hosts its 28th annual Congressional Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 13, 2013, followed by its annual Flag Day Picnic on June 15. The Congressional Awards Ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, while the picnic will be held in Silver Spring, MD. Both events are part of the Foundation's Flag Day observances honoring Members of Congress, the media, and volunteers.
"This is a special time of year for the Foundation," said BAVF President John Fales of Silver Spring, MD, "for it centers on the day our country pays tribute to the American flag. It also gives us the opportunity to honor those in Congress and the media who have helped the millions of men and women who were willing to put their lives on the line in defense of our flag and for all it stands, as well as thank some of the many, many volunteers who have helped the Foundation since its beginning."
At awards ceremonies on June 13, U.S. Representatives Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Martha Roby (R-Alabama) will receive the Foundation's George "Buck" Gillispie Award for Meritorious Service. The BAVF's Carlton Sherwood Media Award will be presented George L. Skypeck, noted military historical artist and poet, and John Harper, Editor, Military.com. Volunteers Jonathan Wilson and Christopher S. Holley, both with the Department of Veterans Affairs, will receive the BAVF's George W. Alexander Memorial Volunteer Award, with the Foundation's Corporate Award going to Randy Ortanez, President of PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Inc.
The Foundation's annual patriotic picnic attracts political figures, area civic leaders, veterans' services organization representatives, and the BAVF "family" of disabled and visually impaired veterans. Flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol will be presented to many guests. As always, the picnic's famous hot dogs will be prepared and served by the gregarious Chef Lakis, a longtime Washington, D.C. fixture who has since retired from his cart at the northeast corner of 18th and K Streets, N.W.
The Blinded American Veterans Foundation assists blinded ad sensory-disabled veterans in attaining their full potential through research, rehabilitation, and re-employment. It offers employment networking and rehabilitation and resource counseling, and provides funding for rehabilitation centers. Other programs include a speaker's bureau, placement services, and a compilation of related statistics. It also conducts research, educational, and charitable programs. This valuable service is performed strictly with volunteers and without a paid staff.
SOURCE Blinded American Veterans Foundation