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Maurice Bailey Presented Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award


November 12, 2007
Monday AM

The Veterans Day ceremony at the Alaska National Guard Headquarters at Camp Denali,, Alaska had a little more excitement than usual. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell and Maj. Gen. Craig E. Campbell, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, presented the Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award to Maurice Bailey from Wasilla.

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Lt. Governor Sean Parnell poses with Maurice Bailey, the 2007 recipient of the Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award. Lt. Governor Sean Parnell presented the award on behalf of the Governor for Bailey's outstanding volunteer service to the veteran community.
Photo courtesy Office of the Governor

Maurice Bailey, 68, served 20 years in the United States Army primarily as a helicopter crew chief. He served two full tours in Vietnam, and retired at Fort Wainwright, Alaska in 1976. Bailey is active with the many service organizations, perhaps most importantly is his contribution to the veterans community through Veterans Aviation Outreach, Inc.

Bailey recognized a need in the veteran community through his recreational flying. Veterans in remote areas of the state had difficulty reaching urban centers for VA appointments, funerals, and healthcare checkups. As a result, Bailey started the Veterans Aviation Outreach, Inc. in 2005 and began flying veterans from rural areas to urban centers. Bailey flew all of the missions by himself the first year and started gathering other veteran pilots to help him out.

"Maurice epitomizes the spirit of Alaska," Governor Sarah Palin said. "His can-do attitude is helping those who have given the most to our country. I am very proud of what he does for our veterans' community and I am proud to give him this award."

Recipients of the Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award are judged on four significant criteria:

1. a significant service to veterans and their families
2. an extraordinary personal concern, compassion, and commitment
3. veterans organization activity, positions held, and lengthy service
4. formation or participation in a new, innovative or creative volunteer program, event or project

The Alaska Veterans Advisory Council judges the nominations and passes its decision to the Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for approval. The Commissioner then passes their recommendation to the Governor for final approval. Nominations must be received by August 1 of each year and may be mailed to Office of Veterans Affairs; Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; P.O. Box 5800; Fort Richardson, Alaska 99505.



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