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Johnson accepts nominations for 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation

Program designed to honor distinguished veterans, community servants

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Plano, TX, Sep 17, 2013 | comments

On this Constitution Day, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) takes the opportunity to remind Third District residents to nominate a local veteran for the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC). The CVC is a program created to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of North Texas’ hometown heroes. Application deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013.

The CVC, in conjunction with the Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress, is a nomination-based program designed to formally honor the distinguished veterans of Texas’ Third District and to preserve their stories for future generations of Americans. 

“As we commemorate our many freedoms, it’s important to thank those who have sacrificed so much to give these words life.  The CVC gives us an opportunity to do just that by honoring brave men and women across our community for their selfless service to our country.  North Texas is home to fine Americans and exceptional veterans, I encourage you to nominate one so we can say thank you,” said Johnson.

In order to be considered for the prestigious award, veterans must currently reside in the Third Congressional District.  Nominees must have served as active duty military personnel or been reservists called to active duty.  They also must be retired or honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces. 

Anyone may serve as a nominator and may nominate as many veterans as desired.  Complete nomination packets should be mailed, hand-delivered or e-mailed to Johnson’s Plano office.  Those interested in nominating a deserving veteran for this honor should visit Johnson’s website, to download a nomination form found under “Action Center” then “Veteran Commendation.” For additional information regarding the CVC, please call (469) 304-0382.

CVC recipients are selected by a board and are publicly honored during a special ceremony to take place in early December.  In addition, an in-depth interview of each honoree may be conducted and forwarded to the Veterans History Project to be added to the Library of Congress collection should the veteran choose to participate.  For more information regarding this project, click here.

Congressman Sam Johnson’s Military Involvement

Congressman Sam Johnson served in the United States Air Force for 29 years as a highly decorated fighter pilot.  On April 16, 1966, enemy fire shot down his F-4 Phantom in North Vietnam.  He was then held as a P.O.W. for nearly seven years, over half that time in solitary confinement. 

In 2009 the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed Johnson their highest civilian accolade, the National Patriot Award, for his tireless work on behalf of the troops, veterans, and freedom. 

Johnson chronicles his P.O.W. experience in solitary confinement in his autobiography, Captive Warriors.  The book details the stories of the self-named “Alcatraz Gang,” including great American patriots such as Jim Stockdale and Jeremiah Denton, who blinked the letters of the word “torture” in Morse Code to alert Americans of their inhumane treatment.   To learn more about the war heroes Johnson detailed in “Room 7” who emerged captivity alive, click here.

A decorated combat veteran and war hero, Johnson was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.

As a federal lawmaker, Johnson works tirelessly on behalf of U.S. military personnel and veterans.  Johnson represents a majority of Collin County.

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