Godin was chosen for her dedication to sharing with others – especially Boys Nation delegates – her experiences in the Holocaust. The Lithuanian-born girl was shipped off to the Stutthof concentration camp at 16. After the war, during which her father died at Auschwitz, Godin, her mother and brother moved to the United States. For several years, Godin has addressed Boys Nation senators during their time in Washington, seeking to impart to them the lessons of the Holocaust, and the need to remain vigilant to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
Woodruff, an ABC News correspondent, received the award for his work on behalf of soldiers and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Woodruff himself suffered a TBI after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006 while covering the war. During his recovery, he bonded with fellow patients, and has formed the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping wounded veterans recover and readjust into society. Woodruff accepted the award via prerecorded video message - he was on assignment in Syria during the Washington Conference.
The Legion honored retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North with the National Commander’s Public Relations Award at the 2014 National Convention, after moving the date of its awarding from the Washington Conference.
A Fox News host and author of several books about the men and women of the U.S. military, North was honored for “raising public awareness about the honorable nature of military service and the sacrifices made by America’s heroes.”
North is a longtime member of The American Legion.