The American Veterans Center Honors Awards Show First of Its Kind to Celebrate the Heroes of the United States Military Set to Air on REELZ

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Hollywood Stars Including Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Lorraine Bracco and Pat Sajak to Share Stories of American Heroes from Across Generations ‘The Honors’ Awards Telecast to Air Saturday, November 15 at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT on REELZ

REELZ today announced that the brave men and women who serve in the United States military will be honored at The American Veterans Center Honors awards show. The first and only televised awards show honoring those who deserve it most – our military men and women from across generations – The American Veterans Center Honors takes place over Veterans Day weekend in Washington, D.C. Those recognized will be heroes of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam along with those who have served on the front lines today. Oscar® nominated actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Lorraine Bracco, Mark Valley, Taylor Kitsch, and Pat Sajak are among the Hollywood stars to share the stories of heroes from the last 75 years of American military history. This moving and powerful program is the only one of its kind, and poised to become a tradition for decades to come. The American Veterans Center Honors awards show telecast airs Saturday, November 15 at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT.

The American Veterans Center Honors 2014 Honorees:

Audie Murphy Award- WWII
Lt. Colonel James “Maggie” Megellas
United States Army
Known as "The Most Decorated Officer in 82nd Airborne History." Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star.

Audie Murphy Award- WWII        
101st Airborne Division
United States Army
Recognized on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Operation Market Garden & their Legendary Stand at Bastogne.

Raymond Davis Award- Korea
The Borinqueneers
United States Army
The decorated Puerto Rican regiment, recently voted the Congressional Gold Medal.

Joe R. Hooper Award- Vietnam
SFC Melvin Morris
United States Army
Vietnam War veteran, Green Beret, and Medal of Honor recipient.

Paul Ray Smith Award- Operation Iraqi Freedom
SFC Joe Kapacziewski
United States Army
U.S. Army Ranger, first Army Ranger to return to active combat with a prosthetic limb.

Michael P. Murphy Award
Sergeant Dakota Meyer
United States Marine Corps
Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan and recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Wings of Valor Award
Presented by Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole (Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, Plane #1) and Lt. Col. Edward Saylor (Engineer, Plane #15)
Lt. General Susan J. Helms
United States Air Force, NASA Astronaut
Crew Member of Space Shuttle Endeavor, the First U.S. military woman in space and world record holder for the longest spacewalk at nearly nine hours.

Lillian K. Keil Award for Women’s Contributions to the Military.
Elinor Otto
"Rosie the Riveter," nearly 95-years-old, and building airplanes since 1942.

“It is with profound gratitude for the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women that we share the American Veterans Center Honors awards show with our viewers,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ. “The triumphs by our country’s bravest men and women are sure to instill emotion and pride in every living room.”
“The AVC is proud to partner with REELZ to launch The Honors as the first awards show of its kind,” said James C. Roberts, American Veterans Center President. “In order to expect future generations to answer the call to service, we must recognize the honor and sacrifice of those from the past and present. The Honors is dedicated to all who have answered this call.”

Broadcasting The American Veterans Center Honors awards show continues the REELZ tradition of supporting America’s military through programming partnerships. Since 2008 the network has provided its original programming to the American Forces Network which serves nearly one million American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas, stationed at bases in 175 countries as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.

Viewers will have an additional chance to watch The American Veterans Center Honors awards show on Sunday, November 16 at 12am ET/ 9pm PT.

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