Ottawa resident, veteran to be honored at White House
Ottawa's Robert Curry has been selected as one of 11 veterans to be honored at a Champion of Change.
According to a press release from the White House Office of Public Engagement Champions of Change have shown continued support for efforts to end veterans’ homelessness, boost veterans’ employment, treat problems with substance abuse, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with PTSD.
Curry is a combat veteran of Vietnam and Laos. In an effort to help the newest generation of soldiers transition as they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, he founded Dryhootch.org, based in Milwaukee. The organization has grown rapidly in locations and services and helped an increasing number of veterans and their families.
“Today’s Vietnam Veteran Champions of Change represent some of the best of their generation – those who served with dedication and courage. These American patriots continue to serve in their communities today, improving the lives of their fellow veterans and military families,” said Rosye Cloud, the White House Director of Veterans, Wounded Warrior and Military Family Policy. “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we are reminded of their unwavering commitment to their country yesterday, today and tomorrow.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at noon eastern time on May 24.
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