Commendations and Greetings
If you would like to request a Congressional Commendation or a Presidential Greeting for someone living in the 7th Congressional District please complete and submit the form linked below. The types of commendations and greetings are listed following this text. Be sure to select the proper request in the field near the end of the form.
Available Presidential Greetings
- Birthday greetings (for persons 80 years of age or over)
- Anniversary greetings (for couples celebrating 50 years of marriage or more)
- Wedding (send your request after the event)
- Baby's birth
Available Congressional Commendations
- Appointment to public office
- Election to public office
- Awards or honors
- Eagle Scout
- Girl Scout Gold Award
- Gold Star
- Military academy appointment
- Other achievements of public distinction
To request a Congressional Commendation or a Presidential Greeting, complete and submit the Commendations and Greetings form.
The Congressional Award
On November 16, 1979, Congress created The Congressional Award to encourage American youth to become involved in their local communities. It remains Congress’ only charity and the highest award bestowed upon a young person from a member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.
The Congressional Award is attainable to any young person ages 13 1/2 – 23, regardless of ability or circumstance. Unlike many award programs there is no nomination process, minimum grade point average, and it is not a competition. The award is not designed to recognize past achievements, but instead, encourages young people to set personally challenging goals for their immediate future.
An individual must set goals in four program areas to be considered for the award; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.
The program has six different levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, Gold Medals. Each participant completes the program at his or her own pace. The award levels are cumulative, meaning the hours logged at lower levels carrying into higher levels.
Once a young person is approved for a Congressional Award Medal, their Member of Congress will organize an award presentation to recognize the great achievement. The Congressional Award is a great way to bolster college applications, resumes, and extra-curricular activities and instills goal-setting habits and civic engagement.
If a young person is already active in organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, KEY Club, 4-H, American Red Cross, etc., those activities are often eligible for The Congressional Award.
There are currently 50,000 participants enrolled nationwide in The Congressional Award. Since its founding, participants have contributed over 9 million hours of service to their communities.
Learn more and register for at www.congressionalaward.org.