American Freedom Fund Announces Nomination Period Open for the 2019 Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe™ Veteran Awards Gala

American Freedom Fund (AFF) announced this week that the nomination period is now open for the American Freedom Fund Veteran Awards, to be presented at the 6th Annual American Freedom Fund Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe Veteran Awards Gala on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on August 1, 2019.

The AFF Patriot Awards recognize community leaders, military influencers and nonprofit organizations making a positive impact in the lives of the military and Veteran community. Nominations for the Patriot Awards are submitted by completing an online application which will be reviewed and screened by AFF leadership. The AFF Advisory Board will then choose Awardee Finalists, whom will be contacted by AFF’s Executive Director.  Awards will be presented in the following areas:

Patriots Award

Recognizes three nonprofit organizations or individuals for their impact in the following areas: combating the criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration amongst Veterans; facilitating access for Veterans, their caregivers and families to legal support; and combating Veteran homelessness. Each Awardee is also presented with a monetary grant. 

Legislator of the Year Award

Recognizes an elected official who is actively achieving positive results ensuring Veterans receive education, medical care, housing and an overall feeling of security in their daily lives.

Award for Veteran Employment

Recognizes an entity demonstrating excellence in easing the challenges Veterans face when transitioning from the military to the civilian job sector by successfully connecting these two worlds, and aiding military families to attain sustainable and meaningful careers

Award for Veteran-Owned Small Business

Recognizes a Veteran-owned small business whose leadership, innovation, creativity and collaboration are focused on improving the lives of Veterans and their families through services, products, and/or job creation and growth for Veterans and military family members.

Distinguished Patriot Award

Recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves as a leader while in uniform, and again during their “second service” to our nation after leaving the military.

Earlier this week, Donald R. Bramer, Chairman, Bramer Group, a D.C. based government relations firm, Executive Director of American Freedom Fund remarked, “The Patriot Awards bestow much deserved recognition and awareness on the work being done by those heroes amongst us who are working tirelessly to address the needs of our nation’s men and women who serve and had served this great country – it’s an honor for me and the American Freedom Fund family to be a part of this recognition.”

To submit a nomination application for a Veteran Award, visit

To learn more about American Freedom Fund, visit


Donald Bramer
Executive Director
American Freedom Fund
(502) 386-0036
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