WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Personnel has announced LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve as the Navy's nominee for the Calendar Year 2012 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award.
LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve provides outdoor hunting, fishing and recreational experiences for disabled Veterans.
LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve will compete with nominees from the other services for this prestigious award. The winner will be honored during a ceremony this fall at the Pentagon.
The LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, located in north central Pennsylvania, is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides wounded and injured service members a way to enjoy therapeutic outdoor recreational experiences and activities, regardless of their physical condition.
LEEK was nominated by Rear Adm. Joseph P. Mulloy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget (FMB) Director.
"LEEK truly exemplifies the values held so important by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher," said Mulloy. "LEEK's dedication and service to all our service men and women is a very focused mission of providing outdoor recreational activities through the generosity and selfless volunteer service of dozens and provides an immediate and direct benefit to our nation's recovering wounded warriors."
For the last five years, LEEK has contributed significantly to enhancing the quality of life of service members through their humanitarian service of providing an environment for wounded and injured service members to re-engage with outdoor activities, re-establish their confidence, fellowship and engage in dialogue with other injured members, receive counseling, and time for spiritual reflection.
The Preserve provides a safe, handicap-accessible, family-style camp environment for hunting and fishing where wounded and injured service members can assist each other through the healing process, both mentally and physically, as well as provide an atmosphere for the wounded veteran's introduction back into an accepting and appreciative society.
LEEK has established a large network of volunteers, which consists of many military medical facilities, the surrounding communities of northern Pennsylvania and western New York, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Pennsylvania Game, Fish, and Boat Commissions, local churches, American Legion Posts, and numerous individual and corporate sponsors to ensure smooth execution of yearly outdoor events and experiences for the wounded and injured service members.
The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award program was established in 1996 by the military departments in honor of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. The award recognizes and honors a private sector individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concerns for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
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