Defender of the Nation Award
2017 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER
The recipient of The Defender of the Nation Award will be selected from one of the nation’s military academies including Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI and West Point and is based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example.
THE INDEPENDENCE FUND:
Moving Our Nation’s Wounded Heroes Towards Greater Independence!
The Independence Fund’s mission is to support the Nation’s injured and wounded Veterans with the tools to achieve their independence and freedoms they have fought so hard to preserve! It is a laser focused non-profit organization that provides independence to severely wounded Veterans through mobility, wellness, and caregiver support. Those who sacrifice for our country do so willingly with great pride and honor, and it is our privilege to serve them!
2017 DEFENDER OF THE NATION WINNER: GREG SANDERS
“The Independence Fund was established to make a lasting impact on our nation’s veterans who have gone to extreme lengths to serve and defend our country,” said Dr. Richard Jadick, chairman, The Independence Fund. “We are proud to sponsor the inaugural Defender of the Nation Award, which celebrates our nation’s military academies and the athletes who demonstrate exceptional dedication and leadership on and off the field.”