One of our Advisory Board members, Mr. Darrell Smith, is the new administrator at Solid Rock Church. He is a twenty-two year Army veteran and a just and wonderful person. We have worked on many veteran projects with Darrell and you know his heart is always in the right place. When he made this career change we were ecstatic to help him serve his veteran parishioner ministry. He'll be getting some camoflauge military Bibles for the veteran parishioners. Of note, Mr. Terrance Harrison, also an Army veteran, leads the veteran ministry and is the head of Student Veteran Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. He has touched many lives as a man of service. He is also a My GI Foundation Cincy's Soldier honoree.  

Cincinnati was host to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and The My GI Foundation was honored to include the games in a fundraiser called "It is all about my veterans." We plan to send them a donation for the 38th games in sunny Florida. I hope the athletes enjoyed both the spirit of competition and camaraderie.

On 2 July of 2017, I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from from the President's Volunteer Service program. I had previously been honored with The President's Gold Public Service Medal. One must accrue 4,000 hours of public service to reach the Lifetime Achievement Award. As The My GI Foundation grows, I am positive I'll add more hours in service to American veterans. By attending The Citadel with a National ROTC Scholarship, I will meet so many wonderful veterans by the nature of my education and training. I will always be in a position to serve American veterans and I will do so whenever possible.

On 22 December 2016, I received a wonderful honor by being awarded the George Washington Honor Medal. In the award letter the honor reads Your Program, The My GI Foundation exemplifies the essence of the National Awards: promotion of an understanding and appreciation for our country's rich heritage, principles and unique freedoms.

 

In, 1949 Dwight D. Eisenhower took presented 200 men with the first Freedom's Foundation National Awards. This presentation was on a colonial farm occupied once by Washington's troops and now is the headquarters of the national foundation.

On 18 February 2016 , I was awarded The President's Gold Public Service Medal. The hours put in towards the gold medal were considerable, but I take everything associated with The My GI Foundation as CEO and founder personally. President George W. Bush reworked the name and strict standards. The statement of the awards current prominence is Recognition of outstanding contributions and Community Service to the United States.

On 23 December 2015 I was awarded the Commanders Public Service Award from The Adjutant General Mr. Mark Bartman, USAF.  Parts of the award explanation and the citation from Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff include; "Mr. Connor Thomas distinguished himself by meritorious service and contributions motivated by patriotic and civic responsibility to the United States Armed Forces. Connor has tirelessly supported his community, disabled and homeless veterans, and the entire United States Armed Forces. We are truly fortunate to have wonderful Americans like Connor who have steeped forward unselfishly to support our veterans. I think he would look good in an F-35!" 

Thank You Senator

On Monday, May 15th, 2017 Senator Joe Uecker was my guest speaker at the 2017 My GI Foundation Soldier of The Year Banquet. Senator Uecker has been kind enough to attend two events I have hosted for my veterans. He has represented the 14th District since 2013 as a Republican member of the Ohio Senate.

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