Jon Stewart & Brian Williams Salute Our Troops This Veteran’s Day

Nov 27, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
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Brian Williams - 7th Annual Heroes Gala

For the fifth consecutive year Brian Williams hosted the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America‘s (IAVA) Heroes Gala. The evening saluted two outstanding individuals, Jon Stewart and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. Jon Stewart was given the IAVA Civilian Service Award, and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta received the IAVA Veterans Leadership Award. PressRoomVIP was on-site to capture the honorable evening.

Jon Stewart has long been a huge supporter for the troops. In addition to attending events like the IAVA’s Heroes Gala, Stewart showcases, on The Daily Show, issues that service men and women face in an effort to resolve them resolved. Stewart said, “As a country, the least we can do is keep the promises made to the individuals that have given so much to us.”

Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta spoke about his experience receiving the Medal of Honor, “When I first received the Medal I was embarrassed. I know what the Medal of Honor represents, the biggest, the bravest, the fastest, the strongest, the most selfless people that this country has ever seen, and I’m Sal that’s not me. It took about a year and half to realize that it doesn’t have to be about me, the Medal of Honor represents all of us. Tonight’s event with IAVA this medal represents all of those who have stepped outside of their comfort zone and have stood for something that doesn’t necessarily benefit them but it benefits us.”

The IAVA is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 270,000 member veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.

For the fifth consecutive year Brian Williams hosted the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA) Heroes Gala. The evening saluted two outstanding individuals, Jon Stewart and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. Jon Stewart was given the IAVA Civilian Service Award, and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta received the IAVA Veterans Leadership Award. PressRoomVIP was on-site to capture the honorable evening.