American Red Cross volunteer, Eileen Hadbavny, received the Citizen Honors Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, V.A. on Friday, March 25.
“Volunteers have a powerful impact in our community. We hope Eileen’s work with the Red Cross and veterans service organizations continues to inspire Americans to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society,” said Tom Kelly Medal of Honor recipient and Congressional Medal of Honor Society President.
Lt Col (Retired) Eileen Hadbavny, U.S. Air Force, of Charleston, S.C., was selected for her lifetime of selfless service in support of veterans through her volunteer work with the Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Hadbavny served as an Air Force Reserve flight nurse for 28 years.
Hadbavny lives by the U.S. Air Force’s core values, integrity first, service above self, and excellence in everything that you do. Her diligence to our military service member and their families is unsurpassed, “Service is giving of yourself, touching the lives of others without wanting personal gain. You do it because it’s the right thing to do,” she explained. “I am honored to have been selected, but very humbled by it as well.”
Hadbavny is the Red Cross Volunteer Lead for Service to the Armed Forces and International Services for the Palmetto SC Region, along with Regional Nurse Leader. She began her long record of service to the Red Cross as a Navy wife assisting with blood drives around 1989 and her involvement continues to this day. She provides full-time support to the Charleston office for Services to the Armed Forces and International Services, including: overseeing the emergency communications; conducting family follow-ups and presentations for the active duty, reserve and National Guard units as they deploy and return from deployments; and continues to provide support to the families. She was honored with the President’s Call to Service Award in 2008 for her more than 4,000 lifetime hours of volunteer service.
Louise Welch Williams, Regional CEO for South Carolina Red Cross, values Hadbavny’s exemplary service, “If you are a military member or family of a military member and you call the Red Cross for help, you want Eileen Hadbavny to answer that phone. She does not stop until she has the answer and your issue is solved. She’s a legend!”
The Citizen Honors program is made possible through the generous support of Boeing. To date, 36 exceptional Americans have received Citizen Honors. For more information about the 2016 Citizen Honorees visit www.cmohfoundation.org.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 77 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation:
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC.