Sponsored by the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC), this program promotes recognition of individuals who provide outstanding service to veterans and their families. Those nominated are “volunteers, service officers, community members or others who day in and day out go above and beyond the call of duty making sure veterans and their family members are cared for,” states the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs website. “Whether they submit claims for benefits, arrange funeral honors for grieving families, coordinate events or donate countless hours in veterans hospitals or nursing homes, here is your chance to nominate them for one of seven Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards.”
Individuals can be nominated for Outstanding Service to Veterans Awards in the following categories:
- Superior Award – This award is the Committee’s highest honor and is given to recognize clearly superior accomplishments, achievements, and outstanding performance.
- Distinguished Service Award – This award is used to recognize significant accomplishments and special contributions.
- Team Award – This award is designed to recognize significant accomplishments of a team or group of individuals. This may be for their contributions on a special project, special contribution, and outstanding performance.
Nominations may be submitted by any person, organization, or institution and must be received by September 20, 2019. Award winners are invited to participate in the Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade, followed by recognition at a special luncheon.