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JANUARY 20, 2018 | THE mayflower HOTEL | WASHINGTON, D.C. 

In 2015, the Academy of United States Veterans established an annual event at which it presented and recognized the most impactful entities that contribute to the well-being of the Veterans community. The Veterans Awards is an annual event celebrating awards conferred by the Academy’s voting members. The 3rd Annual Veterans Awards (VETTYS) ceremony will be held on January 20, 2018, at the prestigious Mayflower Hotel.

The VETTYS will be presented in reflection of the recipients' work in 2017. The nominees must exemplify consistency, extraordinary quality of public service, exemplary advocacy efforts, demonstrate exceptional contribution or outstanding service to the Veterans' community.

Hosted By: 

Jake Tapper 

Chief Washington Correspondent & Anchor, CNN | Host of State of the Union | The Lead with Jake Tapper

Jake joined CNN in January 2013. He currently hosts a one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015.

Jake joined CNN in January 2013. He currently hosts a one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015.

Because of CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper's coverage of the 2016 election and the first year of the Trump presidency, Jake's profile has never been higher. But his commitment to veterans' issues is longstanding and deeply felt. He is the author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, that chronicled one of the deadliest battles for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The time he spent with those soldiers and their families marked him, and he considers it a personal responsibility to use his platform as one of the country's best-known journalists to shine a light on issues affecting veterans and their families. His daily broadcast, The Lead, regularly highlights stories of soldiers re-integrating into civilian life, and their contributions to all aspects of American life. He also hosted CNN's first-ever Commander-in-Chief town hall, where President Obama took questions from soldiers at Fort Lee. That broadcast has been nominated for an Emmy. 

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Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Actress 


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The Academy of United States Veterans was founded with one principle in mind: the importance of public service. Inspired by veterans of the United States military who found their purpose in serving their country, AUSV hopes to encourage a culture where caring for one another is not considered a duty, but a joy.

This is why, for the third annual Veterans Awards, the Academy of United States Veterans will donate a portion of the evening’s profits to helping restore the livelihoods of our fellow citizens who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricanes this year. 

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Courtesy of REUTERS

We applaud the public servants and first responders who were not only risking their lives to keep people safe, but who stayed there and are still there to rebuild after the destruction and provide an unwavering support system throughout these tragedies that have moved an entire nation. We intend to activate the community of United States veterans and call upon them to serve their country once more in the regions that have experienced these horrific disasters.

Furthermore, the Academy of United States Veterans will utilize the annual Veterans Awards as an opportunity to continue serving our country. With the support of our sponsors and attendees, every year we will dedicate 50 percent of the event’s profits to a cause that we believe is most pertinent to promoting the prosperity of our nation and the well-being of its citizens.

We are grateful for everyone who has supported our mission up to this point and hope they are as encouraged as we are moving forward. Please join us for the third annual Vettys as we honor those who have served our country while we serve its people in need.


We have the pleasure of co-hosting the 3rd Annual Veterans Awards alongside of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. The VETTYS will also benefit the Coalition for their tireless service to the veterans community. 

The mission of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort. Through their programs of aid and assistance, the Coalition offers individual contributors, corporations and volunteers many ways to give so veterans and their families receive what they need and deserve in return for the sacrifices they made for us.


Once again, we have the honor of joining forces with Paralyzed Veterans of America as our premier partner.

Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.


Saturday, July 1, 2017                  

Nominations submissions open

Sunday, November 19, 2017                

Nominations submissions closes

Monday, November 20, 2017

Official voting opens

Friday, December 1, 2017

Official voting closes

Tuesday, December 4, 2017

Vetty winners announcement  

Saturday, January 20, 2018

3rd Annual Veterans Awards 

The Mayflower Hotel 


This year we have the honor of working with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) as our presenting partner for the 3rd Annual Veterans Awards. DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Winners of the 3rd Annual Veterans Awards

We are so proud and excited to award such spectacular individuals and organizations with our Vetty statuette at the 3rd Annual Veterans Awards. Although it was difficult for our Board of Governors to select just five winners out of numerous honorable nominees, we recognize the extra mile that our recipients go for the veterans community. Join us in celebrating such excellent public service at the Mayflower Hotel on January 20, 2018. It will be a night you won't want to miss. Please see the link below to learn about our winners.

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Veterans Mental Health

Guardian Angels Medical

Service Dogs, Inc.

 Recipient has made a significant difference in the lives of veterans whose wounds can’t be seen. Recipient has provided services/methods to replace feelings of despair with hope.

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Veterans Education

Dustin Perkins

STudent Veterans of America

Recognizes an institution that has surpassed expectations in its ability to provide high-level education opportunities to military members. 


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Veterans Employment

Bunker Labs

Recipient provides a structured and productive employment plan to veterans as they assimilate back into civilian life, ensuring their financial stability.


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Honorary Vetty

George A Chewning, II

Global War on Terror 

Memorial Foundation


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Veterans Leadership

Sarah Verardo

The Independence FUnd

Influential member of the veterans community that has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and serves as a role-model to remaining community members.



Veterans Community

National Veterans Legal

Services Program

Organization or individual that connects and unites the veterans community as a whole and enriches their lives while doing so.


"Veterans Choice" Award

Announced at the

3rd annual Veterans Awards

A prominent individual in the veterans community will be recognized for their exceptional work and service to veterans. Voted on by the veterans community.


Honorary Vetty

Steven D. Vincent

tiag® (The Informatics

Applications Group, Inc.)




Eric Ahn, U.S. Marine Corps

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Dan Dwyer, U.S. Army

H.W. Prescott Floyd, U.S. Marine Corps

William Hubbard, U.S. Marine Corps

Travis McVey, U.S. Marine Corps

David Rader, U.S. Army

Colton Smith, U.S. Army

Jayson Browder, U.S. Air Force

Dr. Eric Hannel, U.S. Marine Corps

Candy Martin, U.S. Army

Eric Mitchell, U.S. Marine Corps

Ely Ross, U.S. Marine Corps

John Venable, U.S. Air Force

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Matt Stiner, U.S. Marine Corps

Erica Courtney, U.S. Army

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Mary Dailey

Verónica María Hoyer, U.S. Air Force

Daniel Leith, U.S. Marine Corps

Floyd McLendon, Jr., U.S. Navy

Victoria Pridemore, U.S. Army

Nicole Serafino, U.S. Marine Corps



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