Peyton Manning and Stevie Nicks were among those honored for contributions to the military at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s 33rd Annual Awards Dinner.
Held last week, the dinner paid tribute to Peyton and Stevie, along with war correspondent and filmmaker Sebastian Junger and poet and essayist Seema Reza. Nearly 30 people were also awarded with the Medal of Honor.
Peyton received the USO-Metro Merit Award for traveling globally to encourage troops throughout his NFL career. He most recently traveled to Europe and the Persian Gulf on the USO Vice Chairman’s tour back in 2013. “I really had a life-changing experience on my USO tour two years ago,” Peyton said. “Just how they’re protecting our freedom, their service to our country, [it’s] very inspiring and I’m really glad that I took the trip.” Stevie herself was awarded the USO Achievement Award for using her talent to uplift recovering troops, with many trips to wounded military personnel as a part of USO-Metro’s celebrity handshake tours.
Sebastian received the Legacy of Hope Award for his heart-wrenching storytelling as a war correspondent and filmmaker, creating documentaries that detail challenges troops go through during combat and returning home. “I was thrilled to sort of discover that those works were very helpful to soldiers [and] emotionally useful to soldiers,” he said of his work. Seema has worked with injured and sick military personnel, as well as conducted art workshops for them. She received the Col. John Gioia Patriot Award.
Such a wonderful honor! Check out a short video of the honorees below!