Congressman Doyle Encourages Nominations for Citizen Honors Award

September 6, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that the Citizen Honors Awards is accepting nominations for its 2020 recipients. 

“The Citizen Honors Awards recognize Americans with a natural, heartfelt commitment to the people around them, said Congressman Doyle. “I know we’ve got a lot of folks in Pittsburgh who’ve got a passion for helping others and strengthening their communities. I’d like to see our community show our gratitude by nominating several of them who fit these descriptions.”

Founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Citizen Honors Awards recognize individuals for extraordinary acts of courage or service. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society promotes American values and the qualities of courage, sacrifice, and patriotism through increased awareness, education, ethics, and example.

The Citizen Honors Awards include several categories: 

  • Single Act of Heroism Award: Recognizes Americans who accomplish extraordinary feats of heroism by risking their lives for the benefit of others in a dire situation. 
  • Service Act Award: Recognizes Americans who consistently place others before 
    themselves through volunteer service. 
  • Young Hero Award: Recognizes young Americans age 8-17 for their courage in a dire situation. 
  • Youth Service Award: Recognizes young Americans age 8-17 for placing others before themselves through volunteer service. 
  • Community Service Award: Recognizes a community-based organization for its exceptional impact or mission in supporting our nation's military service members and families 

Nominations for these awards must meet several qualifications:

  • Nominees must be United States citizens.
  • A single act of heroism or a series of acts of selfless service must have been performed within the last three years.
  • Community organizations must be certified non-profits and must be in operation. Government and government-affiliated organizations are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations for individual awards are not accepted.

If you are aware of a fellow citizen who has dedicated themselves to service and has performed “above and beyond,” or a community organization which has a significant impact in supporting our military, please submit their information at by November 1, 2019. You will be required to provide their personal and contact information, a description of their actions, and why they are worthy of this nomination. Please note that you will also be asked to upload supporting files such as newspaper articles, videos, or pictures.

Upon your submission, a panel assembled by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society will consider all nominations. A second panel assembled of Medal of Honor Recipients will select the winners from a set of finalists. Award ceremonies will take place on March 25, 2020 for individuals and Fall 2020 for community organizations.

Please direct questions to Natalie Young at (202) 225-2135 or