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5th annual veterans awards Nomination Submissions 

Nomination applications for the 5th annual veterans awards are now open.

the nomination applications will close on May 1, 2019 at midnight.

Application fee: $10

Application fees will be utilized for the processing of the applications and ensuring the integrity of the process.

Vettys (Veterans Awards of Distinction) shall be presented annually for notable achievements in public service within the veterans community.


 VETERANS CHOICE

The award for this category shall be given to an individual or organization chosen by the community as a whole. The veterans choice category  is the only category open to the general public.  Voting for this category does not require AUSV membership. Both voting and nomination submissions are open to all.  The individual or organization nominated should be highly admired and esteemed by the community by demonstrating leadership, excellence and public service to the community.  After the first round of nominations and voting closes, the top three candidates are then once again voted upon by the public. The winner of the  Veterans Choice category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


MENTAL HEALTH


This award shall be given to an organization, business entity, or program. The body of work for such entities should reflect beyond exceptional quality of public service in the mental health arena. Mental health is a significant issue among our veterans community in extensive need of our attention. The Academy of United States Veterans values the tireless work that organizations and businesses put into serving our veterans in regards to mental health and at the same time demonstrating such valor which reflects into our nations communities as well. Nomination submissions for the Mental Health category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. Members of the community will vote and will then choose a winner. The winner of the Mental Health category will be announced the night of the Vettys®.


LEADERSHIP

This award shall be given to an individual or organization whose leadership efforts has earned them excellent credibility within the veterans community through his or her ability to innovate, create and collaborate. Leadership symbolizes courage, responsibility and service. Nominations for the leadership category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. Members of the community will vote and the will then choose a winner. The winner of the Leadership category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


LGBTQ

This award shall be given to an individual or organization that has made powerful and impactful changes in enforcing the utmost respect and honor of the different sexual orientations, genders and identities found within our American community. Being an advocate for change can be challenging. Being an LGBTQ advocate within our communities can be blistering. That is why we honor those who are courageous enough to stand up and make a difference not only with our diverse veterans community but in all of our communities across the United States. Nomination submissions for the LGBTQ category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. Members of the community will vote again and then choose a winner.  The winner of the LGBTQ category will be announced the night of the Vettys®.


EMPLOYMENT

This award shall be given to an entity that can demonstrate excellence in easing the challenging transition from the military to the civilian job force, connecting these two worlds and aiding military families in attaining sustainable and meaningful careers. The Academy of United States Veterans honors those who care about our veterans’ well-being and success. Nomination submissions for the Employment category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. The members of the community will vote and will then choose a winner. The winner of the Employment category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


VETERANS HOMELESSNESS

This award shall be given to an individual or organization in honor of their dedication to ensuring those in the veterans community receive housing and an overall feeling of security in their well-being. This entity focus on each individual in the community and their housing needs. Homelessness among veterans is a prevalent issue and one that needs to be addressed and constantly worked on. The Academy of United States Veterans seeks to recognize those who deeply care about our veterans community and the basic need of secure housing within it. Nominations for the Veterans Homelessness category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. Members of the community will vote and the will then choose a winner. The winner of the Leadership category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. The winner of the Veterans Homelessness category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


suffragettes

This award shall be given to an entity that has demonstrated impact, value, and progress in empowering and advocating for women across the nation. Since the beginning of World War I, woman have served in our military. However, they still face daily challenges that should not exist in the lives of these heroes . Woman have tirelessly contributed to our country’s health, wealth and sustainability and deserve the utmost respect.  There is an immense need for advocates for change. The Academy of United Sates Veterans honors those who greatly exhibit, through their entity, change not only for women veterans, but for the women of our nation so that we may empower each other through strength and unity. Nominations for the Suffragettes category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. Members of the community will vote and the will then choose a winner. The winner of the Suffragettes category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


SUICIDE PREVENTION

Suicide is a national public health issue that impacts people from all walks of life, regardless of whether or not they have served in the military. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the 10th leading cause of death across all ages in 2016, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people. It is estimated that Veteran suicides represent approximately 22 percent of all suicide deaths in the U.S.

This award shall be given to an entity that has provided a framework for identifying priorities, organizing efforts, and contributing to a national focus on veterans suicide prevention as well as suicide prevention in our communities and nation across the board. Nomination submissions for the Suicide Prevention category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. The members of the community will vote and will then choose a winner. The winner of Suicide Prevention category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


VETERANS JUSTICE

This award shall be given to an organization, program or individual that has demonstrated impact in combating the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among veterans. The category can also include an organization, program or individual that has demonstrated impact in providing access for veterans to justice and the legal support they, their families, and their caregivers deserve. Nomination submissions for the Veterans Justice category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. The members of the community will vote and will then choose a winner. The winner of Veterans Justice category will be announced the night of the Vettys®. 


VETERANS CAREGIVER

Family Caregivers provide crucial support in caring for Veterans. The responsibilities of the veteran's caregiver can become incredibly overwhelming—mentally, emotionally, and physically.

This award shall be given to an organization or program that has demonstrated impact in providing veterans and their caregivers with comprehensive assistance in obtaining their benefits and resources. Nomination submissions for the Veterans Caregiver category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. The members of the community will vote and will then choose a winner. The winner of Veterans Caregiver category will be announced the night of the Vettys®.