Veteran Advocate Wells Wins 2017 Distinguished Military Honor Award
SLIDELL, LA – Military-Veterans Advocacy executive director Commander John B. Wells, (USN, Ret.) was honored at the Folds of Honor dinner Sunday, Oct. 15, at the L'Auberge Casino Events Center. Folds of Honor seeks to honor military families by providing educational support and opportunities to ensure that no one is left behind.
Military-Veterans Advocacy is a tax exempt nonprofit corporation based in Slidell, Louisiana.
Wells was presented with the 2017 Distinguished Military Honor Award, which is presented in memory of Staff Sergeant William Austin Daniel, a veteran of the Global War on Terror. SSG Daniel died as a result of complications from exposure to burn pits in Iraq.
In his acceptance speech, Wells called burn pits “the Agent Orange of the 21st century,” and thanked the organization for the efforts its members have put forward in caring for the survivors of those who have died on active duty or from service-related injuries. Four children of military families were awarded scholarships at the dinner.
Wells said, “When one of us dies, a piece of all of us dies with them,” and praised the group for their tireless efforts to take care of children. He went on to note his organization works in Congress and the courts to gain benefits for the estimated 4.5 million current and former members of the armed forces who have been exposed to toxic substances. “Military-Veterans Advocacy litigates, legislates and educates on behalf of military members and veterans,” Wells said.
The Distinguished Military Honor Award, an original painting by artist Tony Bernard, was presented by SSG Daniel's mother Alice and his daughter Anna Lee Daniel.