Jon Stewart to be Honored at IAVA’s Heroes Gala in New York

Jon Stewart to be Honored at IAVA’s Heroes Gala in New York

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Jon Stewart to be Honored at IAVA’s Heroes Gala in New York

Brian Williams will emcee November 12 Heroes Gala honoring Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta and “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart

NEW YORK (July 16, 2013) – Jon Stewart, the host of “The Daily Show” will be honored at the Seventh Annual Heroes Gala in November, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced today. IAVA will present Stewart with the 2013 IAVA Civilian Service Award on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Additionally, IAVA will honor former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta with the 2013 IAVA Veterans Leadership Award. Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the fifth year in a row. 

The IAVA Heroes Gala is the premier event of Veterans Week in New York. Tickets can be purchased here.

“Every year we look forward to the Heroes Gala, where we come together to celebrate and support the New Greatest Generation,” said Jim Hirschmann, chair of IAVA’s Board of Directors. “We are extremely excited to honor Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta for his remarkable service to our country, and Jon Stewart for his steadfast commitment to new veterans.”

Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta was introduced by President Barack Obama as being “as humble as he is courageous” when he was presented with our nation’s highest military decoration – the Congressional Medal of Honor – for his heroic actions during combat in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. After Giunta’s unit was ambushed and pinned down by at least a dozen Taliban fighters, who fired shots from two sides simultaneously at close range, Giunta was hit twice while running into enemy fire to pull his fellow soldiers to cover. After insurgents began carrying away a fellow soldier, Giunta engaged the enemy, provided medical aid to his wounded comrade and ultimately saved a soldier from being taken by the enemy. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to the team’s survival and led to his selection of being the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. A true American hero and the author of Living with Honor (Fall 2012), Giunta inspires audiences with his story of unwavering courage.

Jon Stewart is considered one of America’s most influential political and social voices. Over the past 14 years, Stewart has redefined political satire in American culture from his perch atop the anchor chair on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Stewart has been a great friend to the veteran community. In recent months, “The Daily Show” has extensively covered the VA disability claims backlog, shining a spotlight on veterans and their struggles waiting for decisions on their claims.

Past Heroes Gala honorees, performers and attendees include Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” best-selling author Wes Moore, Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, ABC’s Bob Woodruff, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, singer Norah Jones, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Super Bowl Champion Coach Bill Cowher, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Council on Foreign Relations president emeritus Leslie Gelb, Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, and MSNBC’s Willie Geist. 

IAVA’s Seventh Annual Heroes Gala is generously sponsored by Miller High Life and CNN. To sponsor the Heroes Gala click here.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. 


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