On Wednesday, May 23rd, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will be honored for his continued work with active military personnel, including the Wounded Warriors and the NFL-USO Coaches Tour, by being awarded the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. Said award is the third highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian.
Over the years, Coughlin has gone above and beyond to show his respect and admiration for our Nation's military, and has often welcomed them into the Giants' facility. Each year on Veteran's Day, the coach allows members of the Wounded Warriors to participate in practice and then hosts them for that week's game. He also regularly takes members of the team to veterans hospitals and in 2009, visited members of our armed forces in the Persian Gulf.
Former New York Giants quarterback coach Mike Sullivan, who was once a U.S. Army Ranger, introduced Coughlin to Lt. Col. Greg Gadson. You might remember that Gadson played a pivotal motivational role during the 2007 championship season, and has remained friends with Coughlin ever since.
Gadson recently took up acting and played a role in the upcoming film Battleship. He, along with defensive end Justin Tuck and members of Giants 101, will be on hand for a private screening of the film aboard the USS Intrepid on Tuesday night.
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the current Chief of Staff of the United States Army, will present Coughlin with the award.
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