On stage and in meetings, numerous awards were given out during the national convention to individuals, companies and even American Legion departments.
Distinguished Service Medal Hon. David P. “Phil” Roe, M.D.
Patriot Award Quincy (Mass.) Sun
James V. Day “Good Guy” Award Bob Uecker
National Concert Band Contest Joliet (Ill.) American Legion Band
National Color Guard Contests Advancing/Retrieving Colors: Newport Harbor, Newport Beach, Calif., 93.20 Military: Newport Harbor, 92.85 Open: Harrisburg Post 472, Houston, 88.15
National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Col. David R. Hines, Mechanicsville, Va.
National Firefighter of the Year Lt. Ryan Winkler, Charlotte, Iowa
Fourth Estate Broadcast: KHON2-TV, Honolulu/Pamela Young; Internet/New Media: Associated Press/Kristin M. Hall, James LaPorta and Justin Pritchard; Print: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Katelyn Ferral and Natalie Brophy
Spirit of Service Sgt. Katherine E. Chousa, Army National Guard Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Mason C. Couch, Coast Guard PFC Deanna Dixon, Army Sgt. Christina M. Gilman, Marine Corps Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Annie Holder, Navy Senior Airman Ariel L. Miranda, Air Force Spc. 4 Antonio A. Oros, Space Force
National Recruiter of the Year Patricia E. Liddell, Midland, Ga.
District Commander Race to the Top Award John T. Bettencourt, Somerset, Mass.; William Dittebrand, Willoughby, Ohio; Steven N. Ervin, Mason, Ohio; Betsy A. Law, Kettering, Ohio; Kenneth Simon, Plentywood, Mont.
100% Department Awards, Culture of Growth Awards Puerto Rico, Alaska, District of Columbia, Idaho, Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island
Gen. Henri Gouraud Trophy Department of Ohio, Department of Puerto Rico
Department Commander of the Year Antonio Arroyo, Department of Puerto Rico; Michael E. Downs, Department of Alaska; David G. Singleton, Department of Rhode Island; Milo Vukovich, Department of Mexico (posthumous)
Second Century All-Time High Award Department of Mexico
All Target Dates Department of Puerto Rico
O.l. Bodenhamer Trophy Department of Puerto Rico
Consolidated Post Reporting Award Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Virginia
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Employee of the Year Geraldine Perry, Milwaukee
Michael Guty Homeless Veterans Outreach Award American Legion Family of New Jersey Housing Our Heroes Program
Veterans Employment Awards 5X5 Brewing Co., Mission, Texas, small-employer category; ShurMed EMS, San Antonio, Texas, medium-employer category
Outstanding Employer of Older Workers Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Johnson City, Tenn.
Outstanding Employment Service Local Office of the Year Workforce Solutions/Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas
Outstanding Employer of Enhancing the Lives of Disabled Persons Grace After Fire, Houston
National Education Award National Guard Youth Challenge Program
Daniel J. O’Connor Americanism Trophy Department of Virginia
Ralph T. O’Neil Trophy Department of South Carolina
Frank N. Belgrano Jr. Trophy Department of Missouri
CWF Garland Murphy Award Department of Pennsylvnia
CWF Udie Grant Legacy Award Department of Pennsylvania
CWF Meritorious Achievement Award Department of Alaska
CWF Excellence Award Department of Alaska
CWF Garland Murphy Award – Riders Department of Florida
CWF Udie Grant Legacy Award – Riders Department of Pennsylvania
William F. Lenker National Service Trophy – Department of Oregon