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POSTED ON Nov 30, 2017

This October, the National Football League, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Nationwide, the official sponsor of the NFL, partnered for the seventh annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards.

The awards recognize contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. Each award recipient was recognized at a game or event in their local NFL market. With support from Nationwide, each recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

Seattle Seahawks Lourdes E. ‘Alfie’ Alvarado-Ramos is director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is the statewide advocate for our veterans’ earned benefits and services.

Alfie was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord.

As director, she is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Cabinet and chairs the Washington State Military Transition Council. In this capacity, her agency leads statewide efforts for the seamless transition of members of the military to Washington State’s communities.

She also serves as a leader for the Governor’s Healthy and Safe Communities Goal Council, which is charged with fostering the health of Washingtonians from a healthy start to a safe and supported future.

Alfie is the recipient of the Army Legion of Merit Medal and Military Order of Medical Merit and state and national awards that include the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Leadership Award.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump proclaimed November as ‘National Veterans and Military Families Month’ as a way to “honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families, and their loved ones.”

“It is our patriotic duty to honor veterans and military families. As part of our efforts to answer President Lincoln’s charge to care for those who have “borne the battle,” I have asked the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to lead the Nation in a month of observances across the country to honor our veterans,” the proclamation read.

“This month, in which Americans traditionally pause to give thanks for our blessings, it is fitting that we come together to honor with gratitude our extraordinary veterans and military families and their service to our country. May God continue to bless our Armed Forces and those families that love and support them.”

Trump called on Americans to “ set aside this month surrounding Veterans Day to hold observances around the country to honor and thank those whose service and sacrifice represent the very best of America.”

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