ARLINGTON, VA — On October 2, 2018, the Armed Services YMCA honored Robert Irvine at their annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala with their Angel of Honor Award for his years of dedication to service members and their families.
The ASYMCA is a non-profit supporting active duty military families; their annual awards gala recognizes “military medics, corpsmen, and para-rescue men for their courageous and compassionate actions.” Their Angel of Honor Award is the highest honor they confer for “extraordinary advancement” of their mission.
In the ASYMCA’s official award announcement, they recognized Robert’s exemplary military support by way of touring with the USO, supporting various troop benefits such as those held by the Gary Sinise Foundation, and offering charitable donations through The Robert Irvine Foundation.
In his acceptance speech, Robert cited a need to focus on supporting the mental and emotional health of soldiers returning from combat zones, expressed gratitude for the freedoms that our military ensures, and thanked this year’s Angel of the Battlefield Award recipients, Sergeant First Class Darius Smith—who risked his life to save a fellow soldier in Iraq—and Hospital Corpsman Aaron J. Herman—who displayed extraordinary heroism while tending to several casualties while deployed in the Philippines.
“As long as I have breath in my lungs I will dedicate my life to supporting our military and their families,” Robert said. “I am truly humbled by this honor. And if it can help raise awareness about the needs of our veterans and the urgency required in tending to those needs, then I am very happy to have it.”