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).

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).

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