Perot Gets a Nod

After completing his service in the U.S. Navy, Ross Perot continued to involve himself in military issues and often offered to help wounded service members, especially those in the Special Operations community.

He made a habit of calling wounded troops as they arrived back in the U.S. and also visited them in military medical facilities.

It’s that dedication to the service members that earned him the 2012 GI Film Festival Lifetime Hero Award. He was presented the award during the kickoff the festival in Washington , D.C. on Monday. He was introduced by retired Gen. P.X. Kelly, the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps.

Perot was also an early supporter of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has funded a number of other military memorials nationwide, many in the Fort Bragg, N.C. area.

Tonight’s movie is about the West Point Class of 1967 and their role in the Vietnam War. More information about the movie and the festival is available here.