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DAV TV spot wins prestigious award.

An inspiring DAV television public service announcement (PSA) urging employers to hire disabled veterans look top honors in the 25th Annual Telly Awards, which honors commercials, videos, and programs in broad casting. The DAV received the Gold Award for "Hire A Hero."

"We are very proud of the recognition given to the 'Hire A Hero' PSA," said DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. "It portrays the courage, honor, and sacrifice of our nation's veterans and their desire and abilities to be productive members of society. They earned the right to continue to build our nation and should receive equal opportunity in job placement. It is touching to learn that our efforts have been recognized with such a prestigious Telly Award."

New Voyage Communications of Washington, D.C., was chosen by the DAV to produce "Hire A Hero." The PSA was broadcast in 2002 on television stations throughout America, urging employers to hire disabled veterans. Other DAV video programs recognized with Bronze Telly Awards, including, "Baseball--Real American Heroes," shown at major league baseball stadiums around the nation, and "Help Our Heroes," which featured Academy-Award winning actor Paul Newman urging Americans to volunteer to help disabled veterans.

"Our television public service announcement program is part of our overall mission to help build better lives for disabled veterans and their families," said DAV Washington Headquarters Executive Director David W. Gorman.

The Telly Awards program was founded in 1980 to showcase outstanding non-network and cable commercials. The competition later included film and video productions. Over the past 24 years, the Telly Awards have become a well-known, highly respected national competition. A major reason for the growth of the Telly Awards is that entries are Judged against a high standard of excellence, not just in individual competition. The Telly has become one of the most sought-after awards in the TV, commercial, and video industry.

"It is obvious that the best in television thought very highly of 'Hire A Hero' and other DAV productions." National Adjutant Wilson said. "We helped play a vital role in ensuring that the service and sacrifice of our disabled veterans are remembered by our nation."
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Publication:DAV Magazine
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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