Crapo Honors 28 Idaho Veterans & Volunteers With Spirit OF Freedom Award
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Crapo Honors 28 Idaho Veterans & Volunteers With Spirit OF Freedom Award

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R- Idaho) today announced 28 Idahoans will be recognized with the 2019 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award.  Individuals are nominated by veterans’ organizations across Idaho for this annual award for serving our nation and veterans.

The award, established by Crapo in 2002, is a small way to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of Idaho’s veterans and volunteers who support Idaho veterans.  As of 2019, 313 Spirit of Freedom Awards will have been presented since the award’s creation in 2002.  Each Spirit of Freedom Award recipient will receive a certificate for their service as well as a United States flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol building.  The nominations for the Spirit of Freedom Award are made by a number of veterans’ organizations, including the American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Idaho State Veterans Assistance League; Idaho State Veterans Cemetery; Idaho State Veterans Homes; Lewis Clark Valley Veterans Council; Military Order of the Purple Heart; Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida; Veteran Students Services, Idaho State University; Veterans of Foreign Wars posts; and Vietnam Veterans of America. 

“The Spirit of Freedom Awards recognize veterans and volunteers who set an example of leadership and service in our communities and across our state,” said Crapo.  “Time and time again, I meet veterans who not only gave tremendously in service to our nation, but also continue to give their time, talents and treasure to supporting their fellow veterans and others.  I welcome the opportunity to express gratitude for this exemplary service by honoring these patriots who have served and continue to serve our country, Idaho and their local communities.”

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