In effort to bring awareness to issues facing Veterans today and remind everyone of the importance of Memorial Day, The Disabled Veterans National Foundation held a national video contest for high school and college students – themed “Stories of Service”. The college and high school student winners received a cash prize, and the winners and honorable mention received $1,000 from The Disabled Veterans National Foundation to donate to their Veterans charity of choice.
“This contest is a great way for young people to connect with Veterans and truly understand the sacrifices they have made and they challenges they face,” said Precilla Wilkewitz, Veteran and The Disabled Veterans National Foundation President.
College Winner: Barbara Harrington – Eastern Illinois University
Chosen Veteran’s Organization: Eastern Illinois Honor Flight
High School Winners: Tamour Malik and Alyssa Gorman – Kettle Run High School, Nokesville, VA
Chosen Veteran’s Organization: Virginia Veterans Care Center – Roanoke, VA
High School Honorable Mentions: Anna Barratt, Annemieke Janssen, Kate Streeten – McLean High School, McLean, VA
Chosen Veteran’s Organization: VFW Post 9274 – Falls Church, VA
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation plans to hold its 2012 Stories of Service video contest again next year and will name winners in early-mid May, in time for Memorial Day, as a way to honor our Veterans.
With the help of our wonderful donors, The Disabled Veterans National Foundation is proud to say that we have been able to help more than 70,000 American Veterans and their families. Already in 2011, we have sent over $2 million dollars of goods and services to Veterans homes, shelters, and organizations around the country. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation has achieved this by providing individual grants on a case-by-case basis to help prevent homelessness and by collaborating with other Veteran organizations to provide support to local Veterans projects in all parts of America. We are glad to count the Eastern Illinois Honor Flight, Virginia Veterans Care Center and VFW Post #9274 as some of the Veterans organizations that we are providing support to this year.
On this and every Memorial Day, Disabled Veterans National Foundation urges you to take a minute out of your busy day and remember what this holiday is about. On Monday, May 30th at 3pm local time, we encourage you to observe the “National Moment of Remembrance” by temporarily pausing whatever you are doing for a moment of silence to commemorate those who died while in military service for the United States.