Military Children Essay Contest

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Announces 
Military Children Essay Contest with Winners to Receive the 
New Military Children Act of Valor Award 
Contest to Run from June 21-August 31, 2017

Today, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, with support and evaluation from the National Military Family Association, announced a Military Children Essay Contest on the 37 Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who served in World War II. The winners of the essay contest will be honored with the Military Children Act of Valor Award and will join the 2017 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award honorees from Major League Baseball, the Hall of Fame, the US Navy and the US Marine Corps at the foundation’s annual event at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC this November.

Eligible children will go to and be asked to submit an essay, from June 21-August 31, on one of the 37 baseball Hall of Fame Members who served in World War II. The essays will focus on the four pillars of the foundation—Citizenship to One’s Community, Service to One’s Country, Sacrifice to One’s Goals, Legacy to Future Generations—and how the player embraced them.

The one to two page essays will also explain how the young person was influenced by learning about one of the 37 Hall of Famers who served in WWII and how they can utilize the lessons learned in overcoming their own adversities and challenges through examples of duty and service. The top two essays from kids ages 10-12 and 13-14 will receive “The Military Children Act of Valor Award” at the foundation’s annual event.

“These two new unique and special awards will be presented annually at our annual award ceremony at the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC this November. We feel these awards will recognize those youngsters whose parents serve our country faithfully in the military,” said Peter Fertig, President of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation.

The essays will be requested from children ages 10-14 of active duty and reserve military members with the following criteria:

  • Immediate Family member must be on active duty with Navy, Army, Marines Corp, Air Force, or called to active duty with one the National Guard or Reserve component
  • Residing in one of the Following Areas – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina or Washington DC

Meredith M. Lozar, Child and Family Programs Director, from the National Military Family Association said “We are excited to support the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award with this great initiative for military children. NMFA recognizes and celebrates that military kids serve too and it’s great to see them extended an opportunity to learn more about the uniform behind which they stand.”

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation, through the unique intersection of baseball and the US Navy, recognizes and honors those who support our nation’s service men and women via the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award and uses the Bob Feller story to educate the youth of today the lessons of citizenship, service to one’s country, and sacrifice in times of great national need. For more information on the essay contest, please go to

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more,

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Act of Valor Award Walk of Heroes 2017 Press Release

For Immediate Release

March 28, 2017

“A Walk of Heroes”

A Visual Tour of Baseball Legends and American Heroes

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation exhibit, “A Walk of Heroes,” will be featured when the Washington Nationals play the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game on Saturday, April 1 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

“A Walk of Heroes” visually tells the story of 37 Major League Baseball Hall of Famers who put down their bats and gloves in service to our country.  Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Ralph Kiner, Pee Wee Reese and 31 others are a part of this special exhibit.

“As a Foundation, we will honor those who have served our country,” said Peter Fertig, President of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation. “We continue to educate the youngest generation on the important lessons of citizenship, service, sacrifice and the legacy of generations of heroes who served our country, including the 37 Hall of Famers, who did more than play baseball,” said Fertig.

Each November, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller. The Foundation also honors a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with the Jerry Coleman Award and two Navy Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Awards are presented, one for an Afloat Command and one for a Shore Command.

Last year, Hall of Famer Rod Carew; Brad Ziegler from the Miami Marlins; Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beeding, U.S. Navy (USN); USS CONSTITUTION; Training Support Center Great Lakes; and the Jerry Coleman Award winner, Gunnery Sergeant Marshall Cleveland, U.S. Marine Corps were honored at the Foundation’s annual event. This year’s ceremony will be November 16 in Washington, DC.

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