The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States of America, to recognize incredible individuals who are committed to a high level of volunteer service in this great nation of ours. Established by executive order by President George W. Bush, this award is a call to service which recognizes and honors its recipients on many levels.
Since 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation has awarded and recognized the important role of volunteers in America. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and efforts to serve others in our nation.
Most recently, a member of the Sons of The American Legion in the Department of Missouri was recognized for his outstanding volunteer contributions. Edward "Kirk" Ucinski IV was presented the Gold Medallion, which is granted for the highest level of extraordinary community service in this category. Kirk's volunteer service included many hours of working with The American Legion, his church and the Scouting program.
The award itself was presented to Kirk at an American Legion ceremony by one of his fellow Eagle Scouts, Gary Grigsby, who is also the senior vice commander of the Department of Missouri. It was a recognition that embellished both the ideals and core beliefs of The American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America.