Veterans Committee


Awarding the Medal

Compatriot Douglas H. Stansberry was presented the first Service to Veterans Medal
by President General Larry D. McClanahan in 2002.  Participating in the ceremony were
Stanley A. Evans, Sr. (left) and Timothy R. Bennett (right)


The current activities of the National Committee include the design and qualifications of a Military Service Medal.  This would be for Compatriots who served their country in the military but not on the battlefield.  This medal is still in the development stages.

The committee is also reviewing the issuance of a gold version of the Service to Veterans Medal to be presented to General William C. Westmoreland Award recipients.


USS Stark Memorial Award

Stark SealIn 1988, the NSSAR authorized, THE USS STARK MEMORIAL AWARD to memorialize those brave men and women who continue to stand at the forefront to preserve the freedoms our patriotic ancestors fought so long and hard to achieve.   Its purpose is to recognize outstanding Chapters and the most outstanding State Society within the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for their participation in Veterans Committee activities.

The period of program activities will be from January 1 through December 31 of the following year.  Chapter activities are to be recorded by the Chapters Veterans Committee Chairman and reported to the State Veterans Committee Chairman by January 15.  The State Chairman files a report to the State Society President by February 1.  The State Veterans Committee Chairman will report all activities to the Executive Director at National Headquarters and the Veterans Committee Chairman by February 15.  The Veterans Committee will judge the submittals at the Spring Trustee Meeting on.

Awards to recognize the State Society and Chapters whose collectively participate most actively with the programs of the Veterans Committee.  The winning State & Chapters will have its name and year engraved on a plaque and a streamer issued for attaching to the State SAR flagstaff and Chapter SAR flagstaff.  First place streamers will be awarded to the most active Chapters by the following membership size:

  • 10 to 49
  • 50 to 99
  • 100 to 199
  • and over 200




General William C. Westmoreland Award


This award to an individual was authorized in 1996.  The State Society submits the name along with a short story of the individual's work with veterans which is judged by the Veterans Committee.  The award is given each year in recognition to an outstanding SAR Veterans Volunteer.  The deadline for nominations for this award is February 1.  The winner is selected at the Spring Trustee meeting in Louisville, KY.




Service to Veterans Medal

  1. Veterans Service medalThis medal will only be awarded to SAR members.
  2. This medal will be awarded when a Compatriot has contributed 5,000 Stark points.   (These points can be a combination of time given, clothing and/or money donated, or other items based on the USS Stark Award score sheet)
  3. Each individual is responsible for recording his personal point accumulation.
  4. The chapter Veteran's Committee Chairman must verify these points.
  5. Point will be retroactive for previous Veterans activities, if points awarded are duly documented.
  6. For multiples of 3,000 point a bronze oak leaf cluster will be awarded.
  7. After 5 bronze oak leaf clusters have been presented, a silver oak leaf cluster will be presented to replace the 5 previous bronze clusters.
  8. A certificate of accomplishment will accompany the medal and each cluster.
  9. The chapter or state may present this award
  10. The cost of the award will be paid by the awarding organization.