As an organization we strive to ensure that the policies affecting the military and veteran’s community are always changing to address the evolving needs of the populations they are designed to serve. We cannot do this alone, much of the progress that has been made is due to Advocates. Everyday men, women and nonbinary people are fighting for themselves, their families and their friends, these people are not motivated by money, prestige or ego. It is for these reasons; we feel that recognizing their sacrifice and service to the military and veteran’s community is important.
The Advocacy Awards are named and described as followed:
1. The John W Johnson “Beyond the Call of Duty” Award
a. Awarded to an individual or organization who has gone above and beyond for veterans and their families this is the highest Advocacy Award that MHPF can bestow. Named in honor and memory of President and Executive Director Spencer M Dayton’s grandfather, who served in the U.S. Navy. Click here to Learn more about John W Johnson.
2. The WWI & WWII Veteran Richard Burmie Brown “Pinnacle” Award
a. Awarded to an individual or organization who have advocated for veterans and their families specifically in mental health arenas; this is the second highest Advocacy Award that MHPF can bestow. Named in honor and memory of Vice-President of Operations Ryan K Brown’s great-grandfather, who served in the U.S. Navy during both World War I and World War II.
John W Johnson MM3(SS)
Age 18, USN
USS Lafayette SSBN 616