As the daughter of a disabled Vietnam veteran, Heather French Henry has experienced difficulty that can come with military service. After winning the title of Miss America 2000 she traveled over 300,000 miles across the United States on a national speaking tour entitled “Our Forgotten Heroes: Honoring Our Nations Homeless Veterans.” Throughout her year she not only visited veterans facilities meeting and talking with veterans but her platform often took her to our nation’s capital to lobby members of Congress and Senate on veterans issues and legislation. Heather continued her work by establishing the Heather French Foundation for Veterans, Inc. working on healthcare, housing, homelessness and benefits for veterans nationwide. She is dedicated to raising the ideas of patriotism by educating young and old alike about the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our nation. Heather has been honored by each of the leading Veterans Service Organization for her work such as the American Legion’s Public Service Award, The Martha Washington Spirit Award by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Americanism Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Patriot Award by USA Cares just to name a few.

In Heather’s own words: “I will always be the daughter of a veteran and therefore I will always honor those who fell by continuing to serve those who live.”


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