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PR Award Recipients

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/).

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/).

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).

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).

2005, Tim Russert

The moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” was honored after writing “Big Russ & Me, Father and Son: Lessons of Life,” about his relationship with his World War II veteran and Legionnaire father, as well as for his steadfast commitment to both journalistic integrity and American ideals.
For more information on Russert, click here (http://www.answers.com/topic/times-topics-tim-russert).

2006, John "Sgt. Shaft" Fales

The writer and Vietnam War veteran was honored for his “Sgt. Shaft” column in The Washington Times, which showcases his continuing concern and love for his fellow veterans and their families. Fales is also a co-founder, and was president, of the Blinded American Veterans Foundation.
For more information on Fales and his column, click here (http://www.bavf.org/sgtshaftbio.htm).

2007, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

The ABC home-makeover series was honored for team-building several of its custom homes for wounded warriors, and airing the process for its millions of TV viewers. Producer Conrad Ricketts and designer Tanya McQueen accepted the award.
For more information about the series, click here (http://abc.go.com/shows/extreme-makeover-home-edition/about-the-show).

2008, Lou Dobbs

The broadcaster and author was honored for his continued and outspoken CNN coverage of the illegal-immigration and border-control problems in the United States. As a teenager, he won the Department of Idaho’s Oratorical contest.
For more information on Dobbs, click here (http://www.biography.com/articles/Lou-Dobbs-225197).

2009, Ben Stein

The writer, TV personality and public intellectual is also a longtime friend of the Legion, having written articles for The American Legion Magazine and spoken at Legion events. He was presented with the award after writing “The Real Stars,” a book about who he sees as modern-day American icons – the military.
For more information on Stein, click here (http://www.answers.com/topic/ben-stein).

2010, GI Film Festival

The Washington-based festival, which celebrates the successes and sacrifices of U.S. servicemembers, was honored in its fourth year. Co-founders Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett, who came up with the idea after encountering a spate of less-than-flattering movie portrayals of military personnel, accepted the award.
For more information on the festival, click here (http://gifilmfestival.com/about/).

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