Lifetime of Achievement Recipients

HillVets is honored to highlight those individuals who have made it their life’s work to give back to the military and veteran community. These men and women have written their place into history with their tireless efforts to assist their country, and those who have fought to defend it. We are honored to count them as friends, mentors, and advocates who have paved the way for generations of veterans and supporters to come.

BG Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., USA-Ret., Army Historical Foundation

In June of 2019, Brigadier General Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. (USA-Ret.) will retire from his role as Executive Director of the Army Historical Foundation— the organization spearheading the campaign to build the National Museum of the United States Army— after over nineteen years of dedication to preserving Army history for future generations.

The son of the late General Creighton Abrams, who was the U.S. commander in Vietnam and later Army Chief of Staff, Abrams served in the Army for thirty-one years including deployments to Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Southwest Asia, and Italy.

Abrams’ dedication to the Army and its history through his work at the Army Historical Foundation and the future National Museum of the U.S. Army, which is set to open at Fort Belvoir, Va. in 2020, has been unwavering throughout his esteemed career.


Garry Augustine, DAV

Garry J. Augustine is the Executive Director of Disabled American Veterans. A Vietnam veteran, he was severely wounded by a landmine explosion that resulted in multiple shrapnel wounds, loss of his spleen and a loss of use of both his left hand and left foot. Following his disability-related discharge, Garry earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio in 1978 and his Masters in Sociology from Cleveland State University in 1983.

As a disabled veteran having worked at the DAV in numerous capacities since 1988, Garry is uniquely qualified to serve as the million-member-strong DAV’s main spokesperson before Congress, The White House and the VA, leading nearly 300 National Service Officers and over 100 offices throughout the country.


George HW Bush, President

George H.W. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States. Throughout a lifetime of service to the country, from World War II Navy pilot, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President and finally President, Bush was the epitome of lifetime achievement to our country.

Fare winds and following seas shipmate. You will be missed.