ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced today its 2016 Citizen Honors Award winners. The five awardees selected for their acts of courage or selfless service are: Chris Mintz of Roseburg, Ore., James Vernon of Morton, Ill., Eileen Hadbavny of Charleston, S.C., Myles Eckert of Toledo, Ohio and United Through Reading based in San Diego. They will be recognized in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on National Medal of Honor Day, Friday, March 25, 2016. The ceremony is sponsored by The Boeing Company.
"We created the Citizen Honors Awards to recognize and celebrate the exceptional deeds of America's citizen heroes," said Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. "Chris, James, Eileen, Myles and the people behind United Through Reading are great examples of the citizen heroes all around us. They are truly deserving of our recognition."
The 2016 Citizen Honors awardees were selected for the following acts:
The Society created two new Citizen Honors Awards this year to recognize young heroes and community service organizations: The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Young Hero Award and The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Community Service Hero Award.
The Young Hero Award recognizes Americans aged 8-18 for their leadership, courage, character, integrity and service on a local, regional, state or national level. The Community Service Hero Award recognizes a community-based organization for its exceptional impact or mission in supporting our nation's service member community. The 2016 recipients are:
"Like our individual courage and service awards, our two new awards demonstrate that individuals can directly impact and improve our communities. With these awards, we're asking all Americans to consider how they can serve and build stronger communities across America. We look forward to honoring the work of other outstanding young heroes and community organizations," said Kelley.
For more information about the 2016 Citizen Honors Award finalists and the Citizen Honors nomination process, visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation website at themedalofhonor.com.
For additional information on National Medal of Honor Day and our Nation's Medal of Honor Recipients, visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website at: www.cmohs.org.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation:
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488, the Foundation carries a rating of 4/4 stars for fiscal management, accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America's premiere nonprofit evaluator.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor Recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 77 living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.