Blinded Vets Foundation Sets 29th Annual Congressional Awards Ceremony

National Awards Program to Honor U.S. Representatives Gabbard and Forbes

Jun 10, 2014, 01:00 ET from Blinded American Veterans Foundation

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF), at its 29th annual Congressional Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 12, 2014, will present its George "Buck" Gillispie Award for Meritorious Service to U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and J. Randy Forbes (R-Virginia).  The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Room 340 of the Cannon House Office Building.

"We're honored to recognize Representatives Gabbard and Forbes for their steadfast support of veterans' rights and services," said BAVF President John Fales of Silver Spring, MD.  "These national leaders continually stand up for millions of women and men who have served or are now serving our country, and for their families.  The entire veterans' community joins us in applauding these heroes for their friendship, trust, and constant devotion to veteran's issues."

The BAVF will also present its Carlton Sherwood Media Award to Lindsey Boerma, senior video producer for, and USA Today reporter Donna Leinwand Leger.  The Foundation's George W. Alexander Memorial Volunteer Award will be presented to Bruce Davis, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Shane Ostrom, Military Officers Association of America.  The Foundation's Corporate Award will be presented to Ben's Chili Bowl.  Master of Ceremonies is the Hon. Connie Morella, former Member of Congress.

The annual awards ceremony precedes the Foundation's annual Flag Day Picnic on June 14.  This patriotic gala attracts political figures, area civic leaders, veterans' service 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 retired from his cart at the corner of 18th and K Streets, N.W.

Both events are part of the Foundation's annual Flag Week activities.

The Blinded American Veterans Foundation assists blinded and 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 no paid staff.

SOURCE Blinded American Veterans Foundation