About the Statuette
The Vettys, Veterans Awards, were developed out of a need to recognize the outstanding individuals in the veterans’ community who have exemplified demonstrated exceptional service. The Vetty statuette highlights the stories of success and perseverance in the veterans’ community instead of the usual attention veterans receive about issues like homelessness and mental health. There is so much laudable work being done in this community, and it is our mission to shed a light on all of the effort behind the public service. Every year, we grow, and every year, we want to give more to this family as they give more to us.
In 2017, for the upcoming third annual Veterans Awards, we decided to take the Vetty statuette to the next level. The mission of our organization and all the other organizations serving our veterans is to provide the very best for them. We try to do this by providing moral support and access to valuable resources.
The statuette for the third annual Veterans Awards is a brand new design. It represents the respect we have for our boots on the ground who have sacrificed so much for our great nation. We hope that the statuette itself reflects in its physical represents the tangible form ofhow each year we strive to do better in giving back and to give the very best to our beloved veterans community.
Boots on the Ground
In the metaphorical sense, “boots on the ground” refers to ground troops who actively serve during a military operation. The phrase evokes a sense of foreboding for our foes and security for the American people. However, the phrase strips our service-members of their most crucial characteristic—their humanity. Each “boot” that is deployed is a man or woman with a family, friends, and a life.
We want our Vetty statuette to remind people of the sacrifice behind each “boot” and how much these individuals and organizations recognized do to ensure society treats our veterans not just as “boots.” We want to showcase our community as a group of people who have given much in service and need our service in return.
We collaborated with Bennett Awards to create the new boot design. We wanted something sophisticated--something that our honored recipients would be proud to display in their homes. We refuse to provide anything less than the very best to our award recipients. Bennett Awards approached the project with enthusiasm and innovative, artistic ideas. We are so excited to have seen their vision come to fruition and honored at the opportunity to feature the work of such a talented organization.
Bennett Awards is a family business that is managed by the husband and wife team of Bob and Alice Bennett. The Bennett family has been in the awards and fine art business for over 40 years. They started as a nationally-recognized sculpture studio and network of fine art galleries, then later evolved into a standalone business that provides unique, high-quality, handcrafted awards to customers across the globe.They are located in California. Their website can be found at this link.