The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park San Diego County Veteran of the Year (VOY)
It is well known that military veterans are excellent employees and citizens. They have outstanding work habits, are motivated, readily accept responsibility, and are team players. The "Veteran of the Year" program was established in 1989 to recognize the contributions of veterans to the San Diego community. In 2001, the program expanded to encourage many civic, government, corporate, and service organizations to honor their veterans by selecting their "Veteran of the Year". From the pool of Veterans of the Year candidates, only one is selected as the "San Diego County Veteran of the Year". By honoring a veteran, it shows that the veterans contribute greatly to the morale of the work force, exceed expectations in their duties, volunteer in the community and are good citizens. This program of The Veteran Museum at Balboa Park recognizes our heroes who continue to serve and contribute as our friends and neighbors.
The program has four ways to recognize individuals and organizations:
- The San Diego County Veteran of the Year as described above. If selected, the SDCVOY will represent the veteran community at special events, Padres games, parades and other military-related ceremonies.
- The Will Hays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the individual who has met the criteria of the Veteran of the Year, and who has continued to make these contributions for a minimum of 10 years.
- San Diego Meritorious Support of Veterans Award recognizes one for-profit corporation that contributes, supports and serves active duty personnel and Veterans in San Diego County.
- San Diego Veterans Allegiance Award recognizes one non-profit agency or organization that contributes, supports and serves active duty personnel and Veterans in San Diego County.
All four awards are announced at the "Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon" which will be held during Veterans' week in San Diego in2018
To apply for one or more of the 2018 awards, please use the drop down menu under the VOY Nomination Forms Tab at https://www.sdveteranoftheyear.com/voy-nomination-forms/ which will open in August of 2018
The 2017-2018 award winners were:
- Robert Muth as Veteran of the Year
- Gary Rossi as the Will Hays Lifetime Achievement
- Motivated Military Movers for the San Diego Meritorious Support of Veterans -
- Honor Flight for the San Diego Veterans Allegiance Award
San Diego County Veterans of the Year
2016 - Nadirah Sahar
2006 - Robert White
1997 - Bill Ayers
San Diego County Corporation of the Year
2016 - BRAVE Business Recruiting Allies for Veteran Employment
San Diego County Non-Profit of the Year
2016 - US4Warriors
Veteran Lifetime Achievement Awards
2016 - Richard "Sunny" Farrand