Created in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to financially support Recipients’ efforts to further AMERICAN VALUES through education and outreach.

Objectives of the Foundation:

  • Support the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Recipients.
  • Perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor through education, outreach and recognition.
  • Promote the six values embodied in the Medal of Honor (courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism)

The Foundation works tirelessly to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal of Honor through promoting the values of: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.

The Congressional Medal of Honor

Our highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon a member of the Armed Services of the United States.

Six Values of the Medal of Honor:

  • Courage
  • Sacrifice
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Citizenship
  • Patriotism

While the medal has been around in some form since 1861, the Society was officially chartered in 1958 by President Eisenhower to create a bond between Recipients and maintain their memories, protect the legacy of the medal and promote the values and ideals upon which the country was founded.

Today the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is tasked with supporting the work and legacy of all Medal of Honor Recipients through the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

What happens after someone receives the Medal of Honor?

Most dedicate their lives to sharing their unique stories and educating the public – especially youth – about the American values represented by the Medal. They travel the country and speak to countless groups to share important lessons that have the potential to strengthen our country and change lives, one community at a time.


Character Development Program (CDP)

Teaches values to students from kindergarten through grade 12.

  • 15,000 educators trained
  • 75,000 digital resource kits distributed


Our Vimeo Channel features all of our video content

  • Here from past recipients and more.

Citizen Honors Awards

Recognizes outstanding and heroic civilian role models.

  • 51 individuals and organizations recognized

Ethics and Leadership Initiative

Assists for-profit and non-profit organizations with building a professional culture of ethical behavior and effective leadership.

  •  New initiative data still being gathered

Living Histories

A video library that provides recipient stories in their own words for scholars and the general public.

  • 118 living histories recorded
  • More than 10 million views

Educational Scholarships

  • 86 scholarships awarded
  • $400,000 granted

Education Exhibits and Kiosks

  • 30 museums across the country have received a kiosk

Best-selling books

  • Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty
  •  Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero

Number of recipients

3,505 total since 1861*

71 total living*

Living recipients
  • World War II (3)
  • Korean War (5)
  • Vietnam War (49)
  • War on Terrorism – Iraq (1)
  • Afghanistan (13)
This includes
  • Army (50)
  • Marine Corps (12)
  • Vietnam War (49)
  • Navy (8)
  • Air Force (1)
“We enjoy today because of those who came before. We will leave the country better than we found it for those who come tomorrow.”

— Robert E. Bush
Medal of Honor Recipient, Navy Apprentice First Class, Okinawa (May 2, 1945)

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is one of the most exclusive organizations in the United States.

No amount of money or power can buy entrance into the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Its 71 living members* range in age from 27 to 96 and represent all regions of the country and all walks of life. However, they share a demonstrated commitment to their country and courage in battle.


They are the Recipients of the Medal of Honor. And they have served in every American campaign since the Civil War. Living Recipients include veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War on Terror.

*At the time of publishing.

Honoring and recognizing everyday heroes through the Citizen Honors Awards

“Service is a lot of pride in your community and in your country. Why not give back?”

— Matthew Cobos, 2018 Citizen Honors Award recipient
Matthew was recognized in 2018 for his actions during the Las Vegas concert shooting.

“When I got there, there were three students between the young man and myself and I saw he had a gun. There was no way I was calling a parent saying I didn’t protect their kid.”

— Jencie Fagan, 2008 Citizen Honors Award recipient
Jencie was recognized in 2008 for her actions in stopping a middle school student from using a gun he had brought to the school.

Over the next two decades, the number of living Recipients is expected to decline sharply. This is because the average age of living Recipients from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam is 75.

As a result, we’ll have fewer Recipients to inspire us in-person with their stories. Yet the need to teach the values of the Medal to all Americans will increase.

We propose creating more online and digital training resources to reach the next generation of leaders. And we must continue to collect and share the stories of Recipients to ensure their examples are not lost.

Expand programming – $15 million

  • To create online and digital resources for education and outreach.
  • To continue to preserve and share living histories.
  • To make the Medal of Honor lessons of integrity and leadership accessible to all through preservation and education/outreach.
  • To create infrastructure to sustain the legacy and deliver valuable programming as the number of living Recipients declines.
  • To reach more people in order to share the six values of the Medal and create a better society – anyone can be a hero, it’s about the decisions we make.


Sustain the Foundation  – $5 million

  • To secure the mission of the Society and the legacy of Recipients into perpetuity.
  • To provide a steady revenue stream to support future programming needs.


“When you give to the foundation, you’re directly supporting Recipients’ efforts to share vital lessons of courage and patriotism with our fellow citizens. Your gift helps make our country a stronger place, something that benefits all of us as well as future generations of Americans.”

—Drew D. Dix, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Medal of Honor Recipient, U.S. Army Special Forces, Vietnam (January 31, 1968)