Just recently I was awarded The Army Commander's Award for Public Service. This is a medal awared for outstanding work performed by American citizens on behalf of our military. In this case, the award cited the specifics of Operation Winter Weather, in which My GI was able to partner with the Loveland High School National Honor Society to bring $7,190 of brand new winter gear to the homeless veterans representative of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. The number of items inventoried was 1,021. This event was supported heavily by club leader, Jenifer Dell, who challenged her kids to fulfill this call to action.
The award language was also complimentary of the function and production of events with 100% volunteerism.
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.
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!"
Senator Joe Uecker took me to lunch when I was fourteen to discuss high level military service and a career in government service. He is a regular speaker at My GI Foundation banquets and is always ready to lend a hand to support my philanthropy and service to veterans. He has represented the 14th District since 2013 as a Republican member of the Ohio Senate.
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