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Dazzling Celebration

Heroes Red, White, & Blue 2009 Inaugural Ball Celebrating the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, 300 US Wounded Warriors were given VIP service and chauffeured by the USO from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Naval Medical Center - greeted by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. The Guests of Honor were respectfully rewarded with a special and memorable evening of entertainment by musicians, actors, and celebrities - to recognize these heroes for their remarkable service.

The generous support of leading Sponsors and Partners made it all possible. (photography 2009 © Anchyi Wei)

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s in 2005, Citizens Helping Heroes held this non-political ball to celebrate the freedom, democracy, service and Inauguration of America’s 44th President made possible by the heroes at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital and the sacrifices of the families of the fallen and to honor the critically important works of TAPS and the USO. The 2009 Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball was led by Humana Military Healthcare Services, Triwest Healthcare Alliance, and Enterra Solutions, recognized by senior military and civilian leadership in attendance and the event organizers

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Photography © Tom Field

Dave Baker, CEO of Humana Military Services and Doug E. Jones, Jr. Chairman and CEO of Humana, sponsors of the 2009 Heroes Ball. Humana Military Healthcare Services has been a DoD contractor for the TRICARE administration program since 1996. HMHS was awarded the contract to provide health benefits support services to approximately 2.8 million active duty, retired military and their family members - www.humana-military.com - (photography 2009 © Anchyi Wei)

– as well as appreciated by all the guests. Event partners included the USO (United Service Organization), which has supported military personnel since World War II - TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one on active duty with the Armed Forces - CHH (Citizens Helping Heroes), which raises citizen awareness about the unique struggles facing military families. Organized by Chris Thompson, Chris Larsin, Ken Suarez, and Barb Dickey, the elegant evening

captured the beauty of the historic Warner Theater on the red carpet with ‘lights-and-camera’ action from the media - Angie Goff from CBS, Andrew Holloway at Pentagon News, and Larry King from CNN taking center stage. Nancy Pelosi, Generals, Admirals and other recognized personalities personally greeted the Wounded Warriors. Admiral Mullen expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the American people to the nearly 300,000 US troops deployed around the world, thanking them for their extraordinary service to their country.

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