Five veterans and military family members to be recognized for their demonstration of hope, receive the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (September 19, 2017) – Hope For The Warriors will once again share the spirit of hope during its annual Got Heart Give Hope Gala in Arlington, Va. In celebration of the organization’s 11th anniversary, Hope For The Warriors will showcase the diverse Faces of Hope, while highlighting programs offered by the national nonprofit. The evening includes the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Awards, which honor and recognize a group of five that includes military heroes, caregivers and a Gold Star family, who embody the essence of self, family and hope. Held at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., the eighth annual Got Heart Give Hope Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27.
“This event is the perfect platform to highlight and honor the courage and success of our service members and military families,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and CEO for Hope For The Warriors. “These individuals truly represent the Faces of Hope, and we are honored to recognize the hope and courage they instill in their communities and our country.”
General Robert B. “Abe” Abrams, Commanding General, will headline the event as the evening’s keynote speaker. On August 10, 2015, General Abrams assumed duties as the 22nd Commander of the United States Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. As Commander of the United States Army’s largest organization, he commands 229,000 active duty Soldiers and provides training and readiness oversight of U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units.
Rick Allen, NBC sportscaster and lead race announcer for the NASCAR on NBC team, will emcee the black-tie event.
Since 2010, the Hope and Courage Awards have been presented to service members and military family members who have demonstrated both hope and courage in the face of extraordinary circumstances. On September 11, 2014, the Vigiano family name was added to Hope and Courage Awards, to honor the very special family. Captain John Vigiano, Sr., retired FDNY, and his wife, Jan, gave both of their sons on 9/11-one served as a fire fighter and the other served as a police officer in New York City. Sharing their own unique face of hope since the 9/11 tragedy, the Vigiano family has continued to serve by supporting service members and military families.
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About Hope For The Warriors: 
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 165 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit,
Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.
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