2004, Donald P. Bellisario

The TV-series creator was presented with the award for his CBS series “JAG” and “Navy NCIS,” which used their military settings to promote the honorable nature of military service. Actress Karri Turner of “JAG” accepted the award on Bellisario’s behalf.
For more information on Bellisario, click here (http://tv.yahoo.com/donald-bellisario/contributor/168446/bio).

2003, Wayne Newton

The entertainer and “King of Las Vegas” was honored for his activities with the USO for deployed servicemembers, and his acknowledgement of them in his performances.
For more information on Newton, click here (http://www.waynenewton.com/bio.html).

2002, NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (or NASCAR) was honored for its public and commercial-free displays of patriotism during races (such as the singing of the national anthem and a military presentation), even before 9/11. President Mike Helton accepted the award.
For more about the organization, click here (http://www.nascar.com/guides/about/nascar/).

2001, Walmart

The retail behemoth was presented with the award for its support of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, and for its associates’ voter-registration drive. Norm Lezy, the company’s vice president and a retired Air Force lieutenant general, accepted the award.
For more information on Walmart, click here (http://walmartstores.com/aboutus/).

2000, Heather Renee French

The reigning Miss America was honored for using her platform to bring attention to the problem of homelessness among veterans. She is the daughter of a combat-disabled Vietnam War veteran.
For more on French, click here (http://www.heathersveterans.org/about.htm).

1999, Alan Keyes

The 1996 presidential candidate and conservative activist is the son of a 33-year Army NCO who received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. In 1967, Keyes both won the National Oratorical Final and served as Boys Nation president, the first young man to do so.
For more information on Keyes, click here (http://www.answers.com/topic/alan-keyes).

1998, Tom Brokaw

The NBC news anchor was presented with the award 40 years after, in 1957, being elected governor of the Department of South Dakota’s Boys State, and having newly written his book “The Greatest Generation,” about the Americans who grew up during the Depression and fought World War II.
For more information on Brokaw, click here (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4364148/ns/nightly_news-about_us/).

1997, Justin Dart Jr.

The industrialist and human-rights advocate was honored for his long fight both in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1990, and for yet more equality of opportunity for the disabled. Dart was left in a wheelchair after an attack of polio in his youth.
For more information on Dart, click here (http://www.cdrnys.org/wordpress/?p=503).

1996, James Kimsey

The Vietnam War Army veteran was honored for his work in helping to build an orphanage in Vietnam. Then president of America Online, Inc., he also served on the board of directors of the USO.
For more information on Kimsey, click here (http://kimseyfoundation.org/jameskimsey.htm).

1995, Jack Smith

The ABC news correspondent was presented with the award for his documentary on his return to the Vietnam site of the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley, where he was wounded.
For more information on Smith, click here (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jpsmith.htm).