Medal of Honor Recipients

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, bestowed for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. These veterans and service members’ actions bring veterans and service members into the forefront of the national conscious, and we are thankful for them.

Captain Florent “Flo” Groberg (Ret.)
United States Army
On November 12, 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Army Captain Florent A. Groberg (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012.

Veterans Individual Accomplishment

These individuals are some of the most exemplary representatives of the veteran community, able to bridge the gap between the veteran and civilian population by educating and increasing the understanding between them. These individuals work to make the veteran experience a reality, and have dedicated their careers to pursuing their goals, achieving great success and recognition in all of their endeavors.
Here at HillVets we have long pushed to increase veteran involvement in policy and politics. We believe that there is likely no higher effort with this regard than running for our Nation’s highest office. All of the candidates during their race highlighted that they believe having military experience is a positive attribute for the Commander in Chief and we agree. Congrats to Jim Webb, Senator Lindsay Graham, and Governor Rick Perry for their effort to run for President!

Jim Webb

2016 Candidate for President
Jim Webb’s accolades run far and wide. Most importantly he is known as the father of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is also known as “The Webb Bill.” Though his presidential run was short Jim Webb continues to be involved in the Nation’s dialogue. Webb, a Vietnam Veteran served in the Marines from 1968-1972, is an author, screenwriter, journalist, former Secretary of the Navy and former United States Senator representing Virginia.
“Jim Webb’s military experience is legendary,” Lindsay Graham, fellow Presidential Candidate and veteran said to the Daily Caller. “He was a war fighter on the front-lines, leading troops into battle. I think that gives you an appreciation of what war is like better than any other experience you can have.”

Lindsay Graham

United States Senator and 2016 Candidate for President
Senator Graham has served in the Air Force, the Air National Guard, and retired in 2015 as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
His most memorable moments in his bid for the presidency include his numerous destructions of his flip phone cell phone after his fellow candidate Donald Trump gave away his number.

View the Video HERE
Speaking about his own experience as a judge advocate, military prosecutor and defense attorney in the Air Force, Graham said to the Daily Caller: “I’ve been a legal adviser to military commanders in charge of units. And a good lawyer understands their client’s needs. But when it comes to understanding how the military operates, the rules and regulations and the policies of war fighting and of running the military during peace time, I’ve had a real good dose of that.”
“These experiences have made me a better senator, and if I’m able to become commander-in-chief, it will give me a point of reference that I think would be helpful.”

Governor Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry
Former Governor of Texas and 2016 Candidate for President
Perry, the former governor of Texas, flew planes in the Air Force from 1972-1977 prior to his short second run for President.
“The governor has spoken quite a bit about how his time in the military has helped shape his world view,” Perry spokesperson Lucy Nashed said to the Daily Caller. “He has seen firsthand the good done by America’s military around the world, and the importance of protecting freedom and American values through his time in the Air Force.”
“Rick Perry was a pilot in the Air Force, which is the center piece of what the Air Force does,” said fellow veteran candidate Lindsay Graham. “He was part of an air crew. He understands the culture of flying and how wearing the uniform and being part of an organization, an air crew, gives you a sense of what the military is all about.”

General Ann E. Dunwoody, (Ret.)

United States Army
The first woman to serve as a four-star general in both the Army and the U.S. armed forces, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody joined the Army in 1974, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps in 1975. Dunwoody led the transformation of the Army’s logistics organizations.
Among Dunwoody’s many accomplishments came several career and military firsts. In addition to becoming the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, she was the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992, and she became Fort Bragg’s first female general officer in 2000. Dunwoody was also the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command. In 2005, Dunwoody became the Army’s top-ranking female when she received the promotion to lieutenant general (three stars) and became the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-4 (logistics). She received her fourth star in 2008.
After retiring, Dunwoody wrote A Higher Standard, which chronicles her life, her career, and what she learned along the way; buy it here.

Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)

Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University
James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009.
A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published six books and over 150 articles. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.
An active user of social networks, he has thousands of followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook. His TED talk on 21st century security in 2012 has had over 700,000 views.

Chuck Hagel, Former Secretary of Defense

Department of Defense
Chuck Hagel, the 24th Secretary of Defense, is the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense. As a young man, Secretary Hagel volunteered for Vietnam, serving as an infantryman. Wounded during the conflict, his decorations include two Purple Hearts. Secretary Hagel has been advocating for the veteran community since 1981, when he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration. When elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Secretary Hagel continued to protect veterans’ rights, adding a focus on international security to his portfolio. He was also one of the leading Republican Senators that advocated along side Senator Jim Webb for passage of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Secretary Hagel has also served as Co-Chairman of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board and a member of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board.
Secretary Hagel continues to be a leading voice in our Nation’s national security and veteran policy discussions. In 2015 he also joined the board of Boulder Crest Retreat, and continues to be active with the Atlantic Council and Georgetown University.
We are honored to have Chuck Hagel as our Honorary Chairman of the HillVets 100 event on March 22nd.