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VA Secretary Honors Hollywood Actress Jane Powell

October 16, 2008

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Long Time Emcee for Veteran Artists

WASHINGTON – Legendary actress Jane Powell has been honored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for her legacy of service to military personnel and veterans.

“Whether on stage or screen or in the veterans canteen, Ms. Powell is renowned for the caring heart she brings to everything she does,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “Beyond the spotlights and the cameras, she has touched the lives of thousands of veterans and military personnel with her special warmth and grace.”

Peake recently presented Ms. Powell with the Secretary’s Diamond Award for her service to America’s veterans, especially her support of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.  The Diamond Award is VA’s highest honor to private citizens for helping the Department carry out its mission. 

“I have been associated with our servicemen and women for most of my life.  In my opinion, this award represents one of the greatest honors I have ever received,” said Ms. Powell. 

Peake noted that Ms. Powell, who starred in MGM musicals in the 1940’s and 1950’s and who is still active on the stage, has volunteered her time and talent for nine years to serve as mistress of ceremonies for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.  

“I’m most grateful to Secretary Peake and all the selfless and talented people who have contributed to these annual programs that exhibit the talents and dedication of America’s veterans,” Ms. Powell said. “We all owe our gratitude to the VA employees and volunteers who make this possible.” 

The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, presented by VA, Help Hospitalized Veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary, is the culmination of a year-long fine arts talent competition involving more than 3,000 veterans nationwide. 

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