ARLINGTON, Va., July 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg has become the first Recipient from the War on Terror to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, (www.themedalofhonor.com).
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, consisting of the 71 living Recipients of the Medal of Honor, appointed Groberg to the Foundation Board to fill a vacancy created by the passing of Medal of Honor Recipient Leo Thorsness on May 2. Groberg earned the Medal of Honor as a captain in the U.S. Army while leading a personal security mission in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. He saved numerous lives during that mission, placing himself between the formation of military leaders his team was protecting and a suicide bomber.
"I'm honored to be appointed by my fellow Recipients to serve on the Foundation Board," said Groberg. "I look forward to representing the Society and working with the Foundation staff and the other Board members to inspire all Americans about the Medal and its values."
"I'm certain Flo will be a driving force on the Board to help us communicate the values of courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism to all Americans and especially the young people of our Nation," said Col. (retired) Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient and Foundation co-chairman.
Groberg, who retired from the Army in 2015, now serves as the director of Veterans Outreach for The Boeing Company. Groberg also serves on the Board of Directors for Warriors Ethos and is a spokesman on behalf of members of the military and veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce and for those suffering from post-traumatic stress.
"Our young Recipients have great desire and talent and I'm glad we can get more of them involved in leadership positions," said Tom Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. "Flo will be a strong voice on the Foundation Board to ensure we stay focused on the programs that help us perpetuate the legacy of the Medal."
"We're absolutely thrilled Flo is joining our Board," said Louis Chênevert, Foundation co-chairman. "Flo will bring great dedication and enthusiasm to our Board and for our programs as we strive to help the Recipients teach all Americans about the values of courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity and citizenship and patriotism."
You can learn more about the Medal of Honor, its values, the Recipients and Groberg's actions in earning the Medal of Honor by visiting our website at www.themedalofhonor.com.
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 71 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.
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.
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SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation