The nomination deadline for the annual Patriotic Veteran of the Year award has been extended through close of business on Monday.
Nominations are for the annual award are being accepted at the Bradley County Veterans Affairs Office in the Bradley County Courthouse.
The recipient will be announced at the Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12. The somber, but inspiring ceremony will be held on the Bradley County Courthouse at 11 a.m.
Anyone can nominate a veteran for this high honor — whether that person is a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, a fellow member of a civic group, a retiree or local business leader. They do not have to be a member of a veterans organization to be eligible.
Nomination forms are available at the local Veterans Affairs Office in Room 105 of the Bradley County Courthouse between Broad and Ocoee streets.
Completed nomination forms must include basic information including name and address of the nominee, as well as educational background and related information. It should also provide a brief history of the individual’s military service.
Most Cleveland and Bradley County families still claim the distinction of having a military veteran somewhere in their midst — whether he, or she, is a parent, a grandparent, a great-grandparent, an uncle, an aunt or a distant cousin; and whether he, or she, served America in a time of war or peace.
“Whether their fight came in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq or other regions of a volatile world, U.S. veterans have delivered this consistent message — freedom, and a people’s unalienable rights to co-exist, will be defended at all costs,” according to information provided by the local Veterans Affairs Office.