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honors Ross Perot for support of Veterans
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr.
James B. Peake presented business
leader and veterans' advocate Ross
Perot a special award Jan. 7
for embodying "the very spirit of America"
in his selfless support of Veterans and the
"Few Americans have done as much as Mr.
Perot to enhance the lives of our veterans,
military personnel, their families and their
survivors," Peake said. "In a lifetime of
behind-the-scenes service to care for those
who have defended our nation, he has
redefined the term veterans advocate."
Perot's veterans' advocacy first gained
national recognition in 1969, when he
focused attention on the brutal treatment of
U.S. prisoners of war captured during the
"I am privileged and honored to receive this
award," Perot said. "My contributions are
insignificant compared to all the services
and sacrifices of our military heroes and
their families. They are the guardians at
the gate of freedom for all of us."
He has quietly provided financial support to
the families of POWs, offered scholarships
to the children of soldiers killed in action
and funded numerous USO events to entertain
the troops. During the last 10 years, he has
been a major advocate on behalf of Gulf War
A 1953 graduate of the Naval Academy at
Annapolis, Perot founded Electronic
Data Systems (EDS), one of the world's
largest technology services firms, in 1962.
Twenty-six years later, he founded Perot
Systems Corp., another leader in the