Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
VA Salutes Ross Perot
January 8, 2009, 08:00:00 AM
Peake: A Lifetime of Service to Veterans, Military Personnel
“Few Americans have done as much as Mr. Perot to enhance the lives of our veterans, military personnel, their families and their survivors,” Peake said. “In a lifetime of behind-the-scenes service to care for those who have defended our nation, he has redefined the term veterans advocate.”
Perot’s veterans’ advocacy first gained national recognition in 1969, when he focused attention on the brutal treatment of
“I am privileged and honored to receive this award,” Perot said. “My contributions are insignificant compared to all the services and sacrifices of our military heroes and their families. They are the guardians at the gate of freedom for all of us.”
He has quietly provided financial support to the families of POWs, offered scholarships to the children of soldiers killed in action and funded numerous USO events to entertain the troops. During the last 10 years, he has been a major advocate on behalf of Gulf War veterans.
A 1953 graduate of the
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