2023 AFF Patriot Awards

patriot

pa·​tri·​ot | \ ˈpā-trē-ət – one who loves and supports his or her country


NOMINATION APPLICATIONS FOR THE 8TH ANNUAL AFF VETERANS’ AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN.

THE AWARDEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13th, DURING THE MANHATTANS, MARTINIS & MISTLETOE GALA.

Award for Outstanding Veteran Service Organization

The Outstanding Veteran Service Organization Award is an award given to a nonprofit organization or individual that has demonstrated positive, measurable impact in one or more of the following areas: combating the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration amongst Veterans; facilitating access for Veterans to the legal support and justice they, their families, and their caregivers deserve; and combating the increasing rate of homelessness amongst the Veteran community. Nominations for these awards are submitted by completing an application that will be reviewed and screened by AFF membership. Finalists will be voted on by the AFF Advisory Board with Nominees to be contacted by the Chairman, Board of Governors. From the full list of nominations three Patriots Awards finalists will be selected and announced on social media. The final result announced at the 8th Annual Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe™ Awards Gala.

AFF Sports MVP of the Year

This award is given to an outstanding Active Duty, Reserve or Veteran Athlete of the year who has competed in one of the following AFF Athletic programs: Softball, Shooting or Golf. Nominations for the Patriots Sports MVP award are closed to the public and voted on by the Veteran athletes who participate in AFF Athletics programs. The MVP the Year Award will be announced during the 8th Annual Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe™ Awards Gala.

Veteran Owned Small Business Award

This award is given to a small business which is veteran owned and mirrors the mission of AFF. The American Freedom Fund seeks to recognize veteran business owners who deeply care about the community and reflect this in the management of their business. Nominations for this award are submitted by the general public, reviewed and screened by AFF membership. Finalists will be voted on by the AFF Advisory Board with Nominees to be contacted by the Chairman, Board of Governors. The trophy will be awarded at the 8th Annual Manhattans Martinis & Mistletoe™ Awards Gala.

Legislator of the Year Award

This award shall be given to a Legislator in honor of their dedication to ensuring Veterans receive education, medical care, housing and an overall feeling of security in their daily lives. The care and well-being of our nation’s Veteran community is of paramount importance, and an issue that needs to be addressed and continuously strengthened. The American Freedom Fund seeks to recognize those elected officials who deeply care about our Veteran’s community and the basic need of secure housing within it. Nominations for this award are submitted by the general public, reviewed and screened by AFF membership. Finalists will be voted on by the AFF Advisory Board with Nominees to be contacted by the Chairman, Board of Governors. The awardee of the Legislator of the Year award will be bestowed at the 8th Annual Manhattans Martinis & Mistletoe™ Awards Gala.

Distinguished Patriot Award

This prestigious award shall be given to 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. Leadership symbolizes courage, responsibility and service, and the awardee of the Distinguished Patriot Award exemplifies leadership on a daily basis and inspires leadership from those around them. Nominations for this award are submitted by the general public, reviewed and screened by AFF membership. Finalists will be voted on by the AFF Advisory Board with Nominees to be contacted by the Chairman, Board of Governors. The awardee of the Veteran Employment of the Year award will be bestowed at the 8th Annual Manhattans Martinis & Mistletoe™ Awards Gala.


“Team ADDO had the great privilege of being selected as one of the three 2018 Patriot Awardees for Veteran Service Organizations along with the Maryland Gold Star Mothers and Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. This was truly such an honor not only to be awarded, but to be nominated as well. We stood amongst giants. TEAM ADDO is humbled and inspired to continue to its journey to support our nation’s heroes and children with special needs. From this venture we have cultivated new friendships and fostered existing ones as well. This award allowed us to share our mission on a national level and show our gratitude to those who have served. Thank you from the depths of our souls. We are “On a mission to inspire others.”

James M. Boggs, Founder & CEO, Team ADDO