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Every day in this country, ordinary Americans become extraordinary. It can happen in a single instance of bravery - or through continued service to others. These acts of courage and self-sacrifice symbolize the American spirit and are recognized every year by our nation's greatest heroes.

Each year a nationwide search is conducted which selects five United States citizens and one organization to receive the Citizen Honors awards. The honorees receive this award from a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words courage and selfless service — the living members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. These brave Americans have received the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor performed during wartime and present the Citizen Honors awards to Americans who are showing courage and dedicating themselves to service here at home.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards are due by November 1, 2019.

2020 Nominations Are Now Closed.

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Veterans Heritage Project of Phoenix

Veterans Heritage Project

Community Service Hero Award

Veterans Heritage Project of Phoenix

Veterans Heritage Project

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Community Service Hero Award

Year

2018

State

Phoenix, Arkansas

Veterans Heritage Project of Phoenix was selected for the Community Service Hero Award for its innovative after-school course for middle and high school students that provides an enriching educational experience by connecting them with US military veterans in a nationally renowned oral history and publication program. As a result, thousands of veterans’ oral histories have been donated to the Library of Congress.

Virgil Smith

Virgil Smith

Young Hero Award

Virgil Smith

Virgil Smith

category

Young Hero Award

Year

2018

State

Hitchcock, Texas

Virgil Smith was selected for the Young Hero Award for his heroism in assisting several neighbors stranded during Hurricane Harvey. Before emergency professionals arrived, Smith used an air mattress to rescue 17 neighbors trapped in their homes due to high water.

Brunk Adam

Adam Brunk

Brunk Adam

Adam Brunk

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Year

State

Holts Summit,

Adam Brunk and Jacob Ellis of Columbia, Missouri of Holts Summit, Missouri, were selected for their courageous act on August 21, 2016, when they rescued two people injured in a traffic accident. Ellis and Brunk freed the accident victims just before their car was engulfed in fire.

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Fisher House

Community Service Hero Award

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Fisher House

category

Community Service Hero Award

Year

2017

State

Rockville, Maryland

Fisher House Foundation of Rockville, Maryland, was selected for its steadfast support of American service members and their families. Fisher House is best known for their extensive network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one receives critical medical treatment. Fisher Houses are located on 24 military installations and 29 VA medical centers around the world. Since its inception in 1990, Fisher House has supported more than 307,000 families.

Ellis Jacob

Jacob Ellis

Single Act of Heroism

Ellis Jacob

Jacob Ellis

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2017

State

Columbia, Missouri

Jacob Ellis of Columbia, Missouri and Adam Brunk of Holts Summit, Missouri, were selected for their courageous act on August 21, 2016, when they rescued two people injured in a traffic accident. Ellis and Brunk freed the accident victims just before their car was engulfed in fire.

Ibarra Katelyn

Katelyn Ibarra

Young Hero Award

Ibarra Katelyn

Katelyn Ibarra

category

Young Hero Award

Year

2017

State

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Katelyn Ibarra of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was selected for her heroism in assisting several citizens injured in a traffic accident. Before emergency medical professionals arrived, Ibarra provided critical first-aid assistance and removed injured passengers from the immediate accident scene. Ibarra was trained in first aid through the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Molly Hudgens

Single Act of Heroism

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Molly Hudgens

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2017

State

Ashland City, Tennessee

Molly Hudgens of Ashland City, Tennessee, was selected for her courageous act on September 29, 2016, when she prevented a 14-year old middle school student from shooting teachers and administrators at Sycamore Middle School. Hudgens spoke with the student for 45 minutes until he agreed to surrender. No shots were fired during the incident.

Ellis Travis

Travis Ellis

Service Act

Ellis Travis

Travis Ellis

category

Service Act

Year

2017

State

Senoia, Georgia

Travis Ellis of Senoia, Georgia, was selected for his selfless service in support of veterans through his work with Shepherd’s Men, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds to support post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries among service members. Ellis’ efforts support the patients at the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center, a PTS and TBI rehab program.

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Chris Mintz

Single Act of Heroism

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Chris Mintz

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2016

State

Roseburg, Oregon

Chris Mintz of Roseburg, Ore., was selected for his courageous act on October 1, 2015 when he confronted a shooter on the campus of Umpqua Community College, preventing further loss of life. Mintz, an army veteran, was shot 7 times and continues to recover from his wounds.

2018 Citizen Honors Finalists

Single Acts of Heroism

Service Acts

Young Hero Award

Community Service Hero Award

Kevin Chitwood

Louisville, KY

Stephen Willeford

Sutherland Springs, TX

Taylor Winston

Las Vegas, NV

Arjun Mainali

Hicksville, NY

Diane Starzak

Oakpark, CA

Jim McIngvale

Houston, TX

Lisa Klein

Oakland, CA

Patricia Baisden

Forest Park, GA

Charlie Finlayson

Eagle, ID

Macy Coulter

Grand Junction, CO

Marcus Eliason

Flagstaff, AZ

Melina Rayne Lakey

Anderson, IN

Blue Ridge Honor Flight

Asheville, NC

Gold Star Teen Adventures

Fayetteville, NC

Operation Gratitude

Chatsworth, CA

The Mission Continues

St. Louis, MI