Dr. Georgopoulos presented American Legion's Highest Award
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
Gulf War Illness, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, alcohol abuse and other areas. The American Legion Distinguished Service Medal recognizes outstanding service to the nation and programs of The American Legion.
Original Story BelowThe American Legion's Board of Directors announced on May 10 the that Apostolos Georgopoulos, Director of the Minneapolis VA Brain Sciences Center, has been awarded by unanimous vote the American Legion's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal for his "achievements in research on Gulf War illness as it affects an estimated 300,000 veterans and military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan". The medal is based on outstanding service to the community, state, and nation and has been awarded since 1921. Past recipients include Jonas Salk, Babe Ruth, General Eisenhower, Bob Hope, and Presidents Truman, Ford, George HW Bush, and George W Bush.According to Dr. Georgopoulos:
This tremendous honor is a recognition of the contributions of the Minnesota Veterans in creating and supporting the American Legion Brain Sciences Chair of which I have been the privileged holder since 1991. Our efforts at theThe award will be presented in August at the American Legion's annual convention in Reno, NV by Charles Schmidt, National Commander: "on behalf of all our veterans and military personnel who will be the beneficiaries of your medical research accomplishments".Brain Sciences Centerof the Minneapolis VA Health Care System are culminating in major breakthroughs regardingGWIandPTSD, two conditions of major concern in our veterans. My heartfelt thanks to my collaborators, our Medical Center leadership, and all our supporters.