Silver Helmet Award

The AMVETS Silver Helmet Award‚ a unique silver replica of the World War II GI helmet‚ has over the years acquired a well-deserved reputation as the most prestigious of all the awards given by veterans organizations and is now known as the “Veterans Oscar.”

The AMVETS Silver Helmet Awards ceremony recognizes excellence and outstanding accomplishment in the fields of Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional and civil service.

In addition to the Silver Helmet Awards, the AMVETS Auxiliary, since 1976, presents the Humanitarian Award to an outstanding American who serves our country in peace and war, who builds and maintains the welfare of the United States of America toward lasting prosperity and peace for all its inhabitants. The Sons of AMVETS also recognize a distinguished civic leader for their National Aid and Support.

The AMVETS Silver Helmet Awards Gala is held annually during the AMVETS Spring National Executive Committee meeting week. In addition to AMVETS members, the audience includes cabinet members‚ members of Congress and military officials who come to pay tribute to the recipients of the award and AMVETS.

On behalf of AMVETS (American Veterans), ​we are happy to announce that former Senator Daniel K. Akaka have been chosen to receive the 2018 AMVETS Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service to veterans. The Silver Helmet Awards are unique silver replicas of the World War II GI helmet, and our first honoree was Olin​ ​E. Teague in 1952. Over the years the award has acquired a well-deserved reputation as the most prestigious award given by veterans’ service organizations, and is known as the “Veterans Oscar.”

#ICYMI Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accepted the AMVETS National Headquarters Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service on behalf of Senator Daniel Akaka for his dedication to serving and empowering veterans in Hawai‘i and across the country. The award was presented at the annual AMVETS Silver Helmets Awards Banquet that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership, excellence, and outstanding accomplishment in the fields of Americanism, defense, peace, rehabilitation, congressional and civil service.

“With a full heart of aloha, Senator Daniel Akaka dedicated his life in service to the people of Hawai‘i and our country,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “From his service in the US Army during World War II to his leadership as the Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Akaka carried the stories and sacrifices of his fellow servicemembers wherever he went, and fought to secure better care, services, and opportunities for our nation’s veterans. Mahalo nui loa to my mentor and friend, Senator Daniel Akaka, for your lifetime of service, and ho’omaika’i upon earning the prestigious American Veterans Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service.”

“One of the major motivations for me to serve Hawai‘i in both the House and the Senate came from my experience witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and wanting to be in a position to build a better future for the people of Hawai‘i, and to ensure the promise our country made to our veterans is upheld and honored. I am humbled to receive the AMVETS Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service, and I will continue to do my best to honor the service and sacrifices of my brothers and sisters in arms and their families. Mahalo to Congresswoman Gabbard for accepting this award on my behalf,” said Senator Daniel Akaka.

​The 2018 AMVETS Silver Helmet ​Award will be presented at our Silver Helmet Awards Banquet on the evening of March 9, 2018 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia. The banquet is the culmination of our Spring National Executive Committee Meeting and annual Storm the Hill event.

​On behalf our our members, ​CongratulationsSenator Akaka ​on your selection to receive this well-deserved award!

Honoree Gallery

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The Silver Helmet was first presented at the AMVETS 10th Anniversary Dinner to World War II hero and diplomat General of the Army George C. Marshall‚ in recognition of his contributions as a soldier‚ statesman and American.

Former President Harry S. Truman receives the 1958 Americanism award
President Dwight Eisenhower receives the 1959 Peace award
Vice President Richard Nixon and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson compare their awards at the 1960 Silver Helmets
Henry Kissinger receives the 1972 Peace award
Pope Paul VI at the 1981 Silver Helmets to receive the Peace award
Eleanor Roosevelt receives the 1962 Peace award
Colin Powell receives the 1991 Defense award
President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush receive their Silver Helmet Awards
George W. Bush receives the Gold Helmet award in 2003
Wayne Newton receives the Americanism award in 2005


Silver Helmet Honorees of Note:
Patrick Hallinan, 2015 Civil Service
Judge Robert Russell, 2015 Rehabilitation
Gus Bilirakis, 2014 Congressional
Donald Driver, 2013 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Judge Robert P. Milich, 2012 Civil Servant
Edward R. Boyer, 2011 Rehabilitation
Mike White, 2010 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Tammy Duckworth, 2009 Civil Servant
Jerry Reed Hubbard, 2009 Special Award
Shauna Fleming, 2008 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Morrill Worcester, 2008 Americanism
Charlie Daniels, 2007 Americanism
McCormick Tribune Foundation, 2006 Americanism
Wayne Newton, 2005 Americanism
Mary Kay Rena Tarbet, 2004 Special
Cloyd C. Pinson, Sr., 2004 Americanism
George W. Bush, 2003 Gold Helmet Award
Bart Starr, 2003 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Rudolph Giuliani, 2002 Civil Servant
Dolly Parton, 1999 Humanitarian
William S. Cohen, 1999 Defense
Max Cleland, 1999 Rehabilitation
Zachary & Elizabeth M. Fisher, 1997 Aux Humanitarian
Jennifer Wilson, 1996 Americanism
Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1996 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Joe “Jah Paul Jo” Ramsey, 1995 Special
Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 1995 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Irv “Kup” Kupcinet, 1995 Americanism
Marlo Thomas, 1994 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Pete Coors, 1994 Americanism
Silent Crew of the U.S.S. Arizona, 1993 Memorial (Posthumous)
Rosalyn Carter, 1993 Auxiliary Humanitarian
George H.W. Bush, 1992 Gold Helmet Award
Barbara Bush, 1992 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Norman Schwartzkopf, 1992 Defense
Colin Powell, 1991 Defense
Arthur Kaplan, 1991 Americanism
Kevin Dobson, 1990 Americanism
Abigail (Dear Abby) Van Buren, 1990 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Jimmy Crum, 1989 Special
Sam Nunn, 1988 Meritorious Achievement
Lee Greenwood, 1988 Americanism
Jack Klugman, 1987 Auxiliary Humanitarian
The Special Olympics, 1987 Special
Nancy D. Reagan, 1986 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Elizabeth H. Dole, 1986 Civil Servant
Bill Kurtis, 1985 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Lee Iacocca, 1985, Americanism
Dom and Carol DeLuise, 1984 Americanism
John McCain, 1984 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Danny Kaye, 1983 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Frank Sinatra, 1982 Special Award
Bob Dole, 1982 Congressional
Ronald Reagan, 1982 Gold Helmet Award
Alan Cranston, 1981 Congressional
Pope John Paul II, 1981 Peace
Martha Roundtree, 1980 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Rocky Bleier, 1980 Rehabilitation
Hugh O’Brian, 1980 Americanism
Eunice Shriver, 1979 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Robert W. Miller, 1978 Americanism
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, 1978 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Gerald Ford, 1977 Gold Helmet Award
Ralph Nader, 1977 Special Award
Kathryn “Kate” Smith, 1977 Americanism
Mrs. Spencer Tracy, 1977 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Corrine “Lindy” Boggs, 1976 Auxiliary Humanitarian
Daniel J. “Cappie” James, Jr., 1976 Defense
Gordon Sinclair, 1975 Special
Joe DiMaggio, 1974 Americanism
Johnny Mann, 1973 Americanism
Raymond Burr, 1973 Special
John Wayne, 1972 Americanism
Henry Kissinger, 1972 Peace
Pope Paul VI, 1971 Peace
Danny Thomas, 1971 Special
Richard “Red” Skelton, 1970 Americanism
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, 1970 Special
Richard Nixon, 1970 Gold Helmet
W. Averell Harriman, 1969 Peace
William C. Westmoreland, 1969 Defense
Lyndon Johnson, 1968 Gold Helmet
Walter Winchell, 1968 Americanism
Martha Raye, 1967 Special
Richard K. Mellon, 1966 Special
Carl Vinson, 1965 Defense
Adlai E. Stevenson, 1965 Peace
John F. Kennedy, 1964 Peace (Posthumous)
Carl Sanders, 1964 Americanism
Edmund S. Muskie, 1963 Congressional
Robert S. McNamara, 1963 Defense
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1962 Peace
Hyman G. Rickover, 1962 Defense
J. Edgar Hoover, 1962 Americanism
Astronaut Team of Project Mercury, 1962 Special
Bob Hope, 1961 Special Award
Henry Cabot Lodge, 1961 Peace
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1960 Defense
Richard M. Nixon, 1960 Peace
Dwight Eisenhower, 1959 Peace
Harry Truman, 1958 Americanism
Phil Silvers, 1957 Americanism
John Foster Dulles, 1952 Peace
General George C. Marshall, 1957

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