America Supports You Team Member 'Homes for Our Troops' Founder John Gonsalves to Receive DAR Medal of Honor
Media Advisory 6/26/2006 3:10:00 PM
Contact: Bren Landon of Daughters of the American Revolution, 202-572-0563, or Melanie Pipkin of Homes for Our Troops, 202-414-0778
John Gonsalves, founder of Homes for Our Troops, will receive the Daughters the American Revolution (DAR) Medal of Honor on Friday, June 30, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., for his work to build and remodel homes for wounded veterans at no cost to the veteran or his or her family. Homes for Our Troops has been featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and on several network and cable news broadcasts for its work to improve the lives of injured service members.
This event is open to the media and Gonsalves is available for interview.
The DAR Medal of Honor, the group's most prestigious award, is given to an individual who has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. Past recipients include Tom Brokaw, Rudolph Giuliani and Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson. The DAR Medal of Honor will be presented to Gonsalves during the National Defense Night ceremonies of the weeklong DAR annual convention, the 115th DAR Continental Congress, where more than 3,000 DAR members will gather at the organization's national headquarters to participate.
WHO: John Gonsalves, founder of Homes for Our Troops. Homes for Our Troops is an official team member of the Department of Defense's America Supports You, a program that highlights the American peoples support for U.S. military service members.
WHAT: Gonsalves is available to talk about Home for Our Troops and the DAR Medal of Honor he is receiving.
WHEN: Gonsalves is currently available for interview by phone and in person on Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30.
WHY: To discuss the needs of returned injured soldiers and how Homes for Our Troops is making a difference in their lives.
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