The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF), at its June 16 annual Congressional Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., will honor U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
“We’re honored to recognize Senator Cochran for his outstanding service to the residents of Mississippi and support of the nation’s defense programs,” said BAVF President John Fales of Silver Spring, MD. “He is well-known for his tireless efforts as a legislator and advocacy of military issues, programs and installations.”
The Congressional Awards Ceremony will take place in Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building.
Also as part of the Foundation’s Flag Day events, its annual Flag Day Picnic attracts political figures, area civic leaders, veterans’ service organization representatives, and the BAVF “family” of disabled and visually-impaired veterans. Flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol will be presented to many guests.
Sen. Cochran currently serves as Ranking Member of the full Appropriations Committee and the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. His legislative record includes the sponsorship of the National Missile Defense Act of 1999 and the Campaign Finance Reform Act, as well as key provisions of several farm bills. As a member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, he has supported the Navy’s shipbuilding programs and various military bases and installations. Senator Cochran has served on the Board of Visitors of the Air Force Academy and as Chairman of the Board at the Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the Board of the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.
The Blinded American Veterans Foundation assists blinded ad sensory-disabled veterans in attaining their full potential through research, rehabilitation and re-employment. It offers employment networking and rehabilitation and resource counseling, and provides funding for rehabilitation centers. Other programs include a speaker’s bureau, placement services and compilation of related statistics. It also conducts research, educational and charitable programs. This valuable service is performed strictly with volunteers and without a paid staff.
Blinded American Veterans Foundation