BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Legion today presented its Patriot Award to The Oak Ridge Boys during the organization’s 97th Annual National Convention in Baltimore. The award is given to recognize great deeds and exemplary acts of service.
The Oak Ridge Boys, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year, teamed up with The American Legion on a series of public-service announcements raising awareness and support for needs of U.S. military veterans, including better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, help with the VA benefits process, and education and career opportunities for those who served our nation in uniform.
“By using their considerable talents to raise awareness and support for the needs of veterans and their families, The Oak Ridge Boys are an obvious choice for this prestigious honor,” American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm said. “Duane Allen, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden are great Americans who have entertained people worldwide with their stirring hits and amazing record of success. Their blend of gospel, country and rock make The Oak Ridge Boys true American icons.”
“We are honored to stand with our American Legion,” Bonsall said. “Every night, whenever we mention on our stage that we are now associated with The American Legion and with the work that they are doing for our returning veterans today – and what they have done for years – people respond in such a positive and wonderful way.”