1994, Bill Mauldin

The cartoonist and World War II veteran was honored for his comic strip “Willie and Joe,” which brought the war to life for newspaper-readers both during and after it, through the adventures of two rank infantrymen.
For more information on Mauldin, click here (http://billmauldin.com/bio).

1993, Gordon Gund

The co-founder of the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness was presented with the award. The foundation helps drive research into curing and preventing vision-stealing disorders.
For more information on Gund, click here (http://gordongund.com/artistbio.html).

1992, Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher

The couple was honored for their funding both of temporary housing (“Fisher Houses”) for the families of patients being treated in military hospitals, and of scholarships.
For more information on the Fishers and their philanthropy, click here (http://www.fisherhouse.org/about/history.html).

1991, Kevin Dobson

The “Knots Landing” actor was presented with the award for his efforts as the 1989-1990 chairman of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.
For more information on Dobson, click here (http://www.filmreference.com/film/36/Kevin-Dobson.html).

1990, Richard Severo and Lewis Milford

The author and the attorney were honored for the book they co-wrote, “The Wages of War,” which chronicled the mistreatment of American veterans from the Revolutionary to the Vietnam War. During the acceptance speech, Severo related the book’s subject matter to the government’s handling of the Agent Orange issue - a deep concern of the Legion's.
For more on the book, click here (http://articles.latimes.com/1989-06-21/news/vw-2465_1_america-s-wars-ame...).

1989, Lee Greenwood

The country-music singer was presented with the award for his popular song “God Bless the USA,” as well as for his efforts on behalf of Vietnam POW/MIAs and his work with the USO.
For more information on Greenwood, click here (http://www.leegreenwood.com/index.php?p=360).

1988, La Prensa

The Nicaraguan newspaper (“The Press”), based in Managua, was honored for its open opposition to the ruling Sandinista party. Due to that opposition, no one from the newspaper’s staff made the trip to accept the award, for fear of reprisal. National Commander John P. Comer made a speech in the staff’s absence.
For more information on La Prensa, click here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Prensa_(Managua)).

1987, William J. Bennett

The Secretary of Education was presented with the award for his dedication, as part of his office, to fighting drugs, as well as to visiting American schools to promote students’ learning of the differences between communism and democracy.
For more information on Bennett, click here (http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ba-Be/Bennett-William.html).

1986, John Walsh

Walsh was honored for his tireless efforts to draw more attention to the problems of missing and abused children in the United States, after the abduction and murder of his own young son in 1980. A TV movie based on Adam Walsh’s story, “Adam,” had recently aired.
For more information on Walsh, click here (http://www.biography.com/articles/John-Walsh-9542164).

1985, ABC Sports

The network division was presented with the award for its coverage of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, which promoted the pride and patriotism of the United States at an event which numerous Communist countries boycotted, in response to the U.S.-led boycotting of the 1980 games in Moscow. Donna de Varona, a former Olympic swimmer and ABC Sports analyst, accepted the award on behalf of ABC Sports President Roone Arledge.
For more information on the 1984 Games, click here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_Summer_Olympic_Games).

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