About the Foundation

The Foundation

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which consists exclusively of the living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Foundation is dedicated to educating and inspiring Americans about the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.


  • Perpetuate the Medal of Honor's legacy through outreach and collaborative efforts.
  • Raise funds for initiatives that promote what the Medal of Honor represents, operation of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society headquarters and the public service activities of the Society's exclusive membership.
  • Promote American values and the qualities of courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship and patriotism through increased awareness, education and outreach.


  • Raise awareness in the American public about the Legacy of the Medal of Honor.
  • Educate today’s youth about the character traits inherent in the Medal of Honor and its Recipients.
  • Inspire people to find these traits within themselves.

Values of the medal of honor




Doing the right thing when faced with danger or difficult decisions is the hallmark of the Medal of Honor, and can be done in everyday life as well as on the battlefield.




Upholding sacrifice and service above self are guiding principles for all Americans as citizens of a free and prosperous nation.




Devoting our loyalty to our nation and educating others about what makes America great is essential to a lasting, unified nation.




Inspiring all Americans to be involved in their community, respect others, show compassion, and assume personal responsibility helps build a greater nation.




Being honest and having strong moral principles is a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent ethical standards, and one we can all make.




Dedicating time, energy and resources to and for others results in stronger communities and an America that is the example for the rest of the world.


The Medal of Honor is the highest award for bravery that can be awarded to members of America’s armed forces for exceptional acts of valor. Since its inception in 1861, congressional practices for awarding the Medal of Honor have changed over time. Explore the fascinating history of this unique and prestigious award.

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The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has undertaken a broad range of initiatives such as our Character Development Program, scholarship programs, exhibits and multimedia projects aimed at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents.

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Our Leadership

Meet the people who guide our vision and commitment to preserve the legacy of the Medal and its principles.

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Support the legacy

Your donation helps the Foundation support outreach activities across the nation and introduces the youth of America to topics of ethics and decision-making under pressure.


Medal of Honor Books

Read stirring tributes to our bravest military heroes who inspire their fellow citizens through their selflessness and character.

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