Roe Honored by the Blinded American Veterans Foundation
Receives George “Buck” Gillispie Award
Jun 14, 2011 -
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) was presented with the George “Buck” Gillispie Award for Meritorious Service from the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF).
“I am honored to receive the George “Buck” Gillispie Award from the Blinded American Veterans Foundation,” said Roe. “When I came to Congress, I vowed to care for and support our veterans because they put their life on the line in service to this nation. I truly believe that the character of this country is defined by how we care for and honor our veterans, and as a public servant, I will continue to stand behind our great heroes. As a veteran and a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I will continue to work hard to care for our service members.”
“We're honored to recognize Representative Roe for his steadfast support of veteran's rights and services," said BAVF President John Fales of Silver Spring, MD. “Roe is a leader who continually stands up for the millions of women and men who have served or are now serving our country, and for their families. The entire veteran's community joins us in applauding Roe for his friendship, trust, and constant devotion to veteran's issues."
The Blinded American Veterans Foundation was launched in 1985 by three American veterans who lost their sight during service in Korea and Vietnam -- John Fales (USMC), Don Garner (USN) and Dennis Wyant (USN), National President U.S. Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Assoc.
All had achieved successful careers despite their blindness. But the realization among them that many sensory disabled veterans had not had the opportunities afforded them led to their determination to form the Foundation and pursue its three main goals: Research, Rehabilitation and Re-employment.