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Bridget Johnson


April 16, 2012 - 9:28 am

The White House has opened up this year’s nominations for the Presidential Citizens Medal.

“These citizens come from different backgrounds and they’ve devoted their lives to different causes, but they’re united by the choice they’ve made to help others,” President Obama said in a release. “The 2012 Citizens Medal is a chance to recognize these everyday heroes in your community.”

White House staff will review the nominations. “Additional nominees may be identified outside of the public nomination process,” the White House added. “The President will select award recipients and award the 2012 Citizens Medal in a ceremony at the White House.”

Last year, more than 6,000 nominations were received and 13 recipients were chosen. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen and “have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary acts” — full criteria here.

According to a 1969 executive order, the medal may be awarded posthumously.

Past recipients have included actor Gary Sinise.

I’m guessing PJM readers have a name or two they’d like to submit. Do so online here; the deadline is April 24.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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