AMVETS HONORS TENNESSEE CONGRESSMAN PHIL ROE
Cmdr. Hotop to present Congressman Roe with Silver Helmet Award for continued support to America’s military and veterans
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011—Tonight AMVETS will present its prestigious Congressional Silver Helmet Award to Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe during a special reception on Capitol Hill at 5:30 p.m. in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. AMVETS is honoring Roe, a prior-service military doctor, for his work as both a military health care practitioner and a legislator.
“In a very short time on Capitol Hill, Congressman Roe has established himself as a knowledgeable and stalwart advocate for America’s brave military men and women and our veterans,” said AMVETS National Commander Jerry Hotop. “During his time in the Army, Dr. Roe was tasked with caring for those who served and he has carried this commitment to his work on behalf of veterans in Washington. It is an honor for AMVETS to recognize Dr. Roe’s ongoing contributions in a life of service to our nation and those sworn to defend it.”
Since taking office in 2009, Roe has fought to ensure all veterans receive the quality of care they deserve, strived to eliminate harmful practices and policies within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and safeguarded the American Dream for our military heroes by promoting targeted educational and business opportunities for veterans.
“I am truly honored to receive the Congressional Silver Helmet Award,” said Rep. Roe. “As a veteran myself, I know there is no higher commitment we can make than the solemn vow we have made to the men and women in our Armed Forces. They deserve our utmost respect, appreciation and care for the sacrifice they have made. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, you have my word that we will never allow our soldiers to return home to anything less than a heroes’ welcome. The character of this country is defined by how we care for and honor our veterans.”
As a critical majority member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Roe has introduced, cosponsored and voted to pass critical laws like the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, requiring Congress to appropriate funding to VA a year in advance, ensuring that budget battles do not impair the quality of care veterans receive. To help protect the sanctity of the final resting places of those who served, Roe also cosponsored the Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris Act, criminalizing the act of vandalizing veteran gravesites.
Today, Roe continues to fight for equity in survivor’s benefits, pushing to eliminate offsets for military spouses and dependents eligible to receive payments from both the Survivors’ Benefit Plan and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.
The Congressional Silver Helmet Award is presented by AMVETS each year to a member of Congress for exemplary service to members of the military and the veterans’ community at a special Congressional reception.
Commonly referred to as “The Veterans’ Oscar,” the Silver Helmet is a unique silver replica of a WWII GI’s helmet. The first Silver Helmet was presented to Gen. George C. Marshall in 1954 at the AMVETS 10th Anniversary Dinner in recognition of his contributions as a soldier, statesman, and American. Today, the award recognizes excellence and outstanding accomplishment in the fields of Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and civil service.
On Saturday, March 19, AMVETS will honor four additional Silver Helmet Award winners during the annual Silver Helmet Awards Banquet at the Hilton Washington Dulles in Herndon, Va. This year’s banquet marks the 57th anniversary of the Silver Helmet Awards.
This year’s Silver Helmet is part of AMVETS “LZ:DC,” a week in which the AMVETS family converges on Capitol Hill to advocate for American heroes, honor the sacrifices of those who have gone before, and recognize champions of veterans’ service. To learn more about LZ:DC, visit www.amvets.org/events.html.
Highlights from LZ:DC and this year’s Silver Helmet will be available on the official blog of American Veteran magazine, http://americanveteranmagazine.blogspot.com.