News Releases - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.
Veterans Crisis Line Badge

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs


VA Salutes Ross Perot

Jan. 8, 2009, 08:00:00 AM

Printable Version

VA Secretary James B. Peake, left, presents award to Ross Perot.  Click image to enlarge.
VA Secretary James B. Peake, left, presents award to Ross Perot. Click image to enlarge.

Peake: A Lifetime of Service to Veterans, Military Personnel

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake presented business leader and veterans’ advocate Ross Perot a special award Jan. 7 for embodying “the very spirit of America” in his selfless support of veterans and the military.

“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 U.S. prisoners of war captured during the Vietnam War.

“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 Naval Academy at Annapolis, Perot founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS), one of the world’s largest technology services firms, in 1962.  Twenty-six years later, he founded Perot Systems Corp., another leader in the technology field.

#   #   #

Disclaimer of Hyperlinks

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Veterans Affairs of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized VA activities, the Department does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are provided with the intent of meeting the mission of the Department and the VA website. Please let us know about existing external links which you believe are inappropriate and about specific additional external links which you believe ought to be included by emailing

People wishing to receive e-mail from VA with the latest news releases and updated fact sheets can subscribe to the
VA Office of Public Affairs Distribution List.

Back to News Releases Index

Search VA News Releases