MaryAnn Phillips of Soldiers’ Angels is a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal for her self-sacrificing service to the wounded and their families at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. Established in 1969 by Executive Order of the President, the Citizens Medal is the second-highest government honor a civilian can receive and recognizes “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”
While maintaining a residence in Wyoming, MaryAnn lives and works in Germany, where for the last five years she has devoted herself to caring for America’s wounded military personnel and their families five hours away from her at LRMC. As a volunteer with Soldiers’ Angels, MaryAnn regularly spends hours at the bedside of wounded or dying soldiers, distributes gifts of support to patients and medical personnel, coordinates donations, and leads a staff of local German and American Angels. She also spends dozens of hours at home each week, completing paperwork and reassuring stateside families of patients she has met at LRMC.
Soldiers’ Angels and those who know MaryAnn are thrilled but not surprised that the President deemed her worthy of national recognition for her work as the volunteer leader of Soldiers’ Angels Germany. “The Board of Trustees and all Soldiers' Angels are so proud of MaryAnn,” said founder Patti Patton-Bader. “Her acts of care and compassion are nothing short of phenomenal and we are honored to stand wingtip to wingtip with her.”
Maryann will be awarded the medal by President Barack Obama in a ceremony in the White House East Room today, along with 12 other recipients. Past military-related recipients have included General Colin Powell, entertainer Gary Sinise and WWII veteran Bob Dole. For 2010, the President invited nominations from average citizens, inspiring several military bloggers intimately familiar with MaryAnn’s work to nominate her, over her strong and self-effacing protests.
Congratulations to Maryann! She is the heart of Soldiers’ Angels Germany and an inspiration to all her fellow Angels!