The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) is scheduled to honor former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz with the American Hero Award at its second Night of Heroes Dinner 6 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.
“Secretary Shultz worked for three presidents on everything from improving the economy to winding down the Cold War, but he never forgot his time in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II,” said James Schenck, president and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “We are proud to present him with this award honoring his work on veterans’ issues, including efforts to help end homelessness among our military community.”
Shultz is one of only two people to serve in four cabinet positions.
More than 300 guests, including corporate leaders, philanthropists, public figures, veterans and service members are expected to attend. Sponsors of the event include Allied Solutions.
The dinner is a benefit for the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, which provides free accommodations for veterans and service members seeking medical care at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital. The PenFed Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs co-funded the venture.
Since opening in 2014, the Lodge has provided more than 27,000 nights’ stay to more than 21,000 veterans and their caregivers.
“Before the Defenders Lodge opened, some veterans slept in their cars or stayed in hotels in other cities the night before having surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto,” Schenck said. “We are proud to celebrate these world-class accommodations for our nation’s defenders and honor a very special guest.”
The nonprofit PenFed Foundation’s mission is to meet the needs of military personnel and their families.
For tickets and more information, visit pentagonfoundation.org.