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Rush Honored With Distinguished Veteran Service and Champion Award

February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) was honored last night at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) annual Avoice Heritage Celebration.

The event honored individuals who have served in the military — including a 100-year-old World War II veteran — and those who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights and benefits of black veterans. Congressional Black Caucus members who served in the military were recognized for their service.

The Avoice Heritage Celebration is the CBCF's official Black History Month program and an opportunity to highlight the Avoice Virtual Library Project, an online repository that captures the legislative and political achievements of African Americans in Congress.


  • General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) – Distinguished Pioneer in the U.S. Military and National Security Award for his accomplishments as a historic trailblazer for black veterans.
  • Sergeant Millie Dunn Veasey, USA (Ret.) – Distinguished Veteran Living Legend Award for serving as a staff sergeant to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion during World War II.
  • Ginger Miller, U.S. Navy Veteran; Founder and CEO, Women Veterans Interactive – Distinguished Veterans' Rights Activist Award for her tireless efforts to educate the public and advocate for veterans in need.
  • Current Congressional Black Caucus Veterans – Distinguished Veteran Service and Champion Award in recognition of their military service and demonstrated commitment to minority veterans' affairs.
    • Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (U.S. Army)
    • Eddie Bernice Johnson (Nurse Veteran)
    • Bobby L. Rush (U.S. Army)
    • Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (Massachusetts National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve)
    • G.K. Butterfield (U.S. Army)