SUNDAY | JANUARY 20 | 2019 | THE WATERGATE HOTEL | WASHINGTON | DC
Praised by the community of our nation’s finest for its symbolic gesture of unity, empowerment, and collaboration, the Veterans Awards also known as the Vettys® is presented by the Academy of United States Veterans and its partner organizations. The ceremony solely honors public servants, leaders, and innovators within the veterans space. The Vettys® focuses on organizational, individual and community excellence. For years, the veterans community and its leaders have made great strides in entrepreneurship, academia, leadership, community service, and beyond. The Vettys® provides a recognition platform for individuals and entities to be acknowledged for their tireless demonstration of distinction.
The 4th annual Veterans Awards will be organized in partnership with Disabled American Veterans, The Independence Fund, Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, and Melwood Veteran Services. The ceremony will take place at The Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C.
A SALUTE TO THE LAST MAVERICK: SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
The 4th Annual Veterans Awards will pay a special tribute to Senator John McCain's legacy. We will remember Senator John McCain for his many formidable traits--he was a father, prisoner of war, U.S. senator and a presidential nominee, yet we will most remember him as ‘The Last Maverick.’ McCain’s resiliency and courage was evident to all not only in the battlefield but right here in our nation’s capital. We admire his honor and the way he was a pioneer in his field, never afraid to stand up for what was right or stand strong in his values and beliefs. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the son of a four-star admiral, McCain was the epitome of strength, resiliency and excellence. His leadership qualities and charismatic nature even in the face of adversity were a testament to the impact of his legacy. He stood tall in his fight for social justice and equality and continues to be an inspiration for activism everywhere.
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH
More than 70 years of devoted service to the country he loved – from a decorated naval aviator who nearly gave his life in world war two, to commander-in-chief of our armed forces, we will remember President Bush not only for his accomplishments but his character. George H.W. Bush assumed many roles during his 94 years, from Navy hero, Yale graduate and Texas oilman to congressman, CIA director, vice president and president. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world. The best way we can honor his legacy is by cultivating the virtues in our own lives that he sought to cultivate and practice in his.
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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE
VETTYS KEY DATES
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018 (EXTENDED)
Nominations submissions closes
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018
Nominations voting opens
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2018
Nominations voting closes
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018
VETTY Nominations Announcement
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018
Finals voting opens
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018
Finals voting closes
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019
Veterans Choice Award voting closes at 11:59 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019
Red Carpet Arrival at 5 PM
4TH Veterans Awards at 7 PM
Governors Ball at 9 PM
It was on an early autumn morning in 2014, shortly after her honorable discharge from the United States Army that Assal Ravandi longed for a service oriented satisfaction equal to what she had experienced during her time as a soldier. "I need to do something," she thought to herself. "I need my sense of purpose back and to continue my service." In this enthusiastic state, Assal conceived the idea of The Veterans Awards (Vettys®); an accountability platform to recognize the positive aspects of the veterans community. Finally, on Veterans Day 2015, the Vettys® was produced for the first time ever and became the first community-wide event that celebrated various veterans projects under one roof.