BOSTON (CBS) – The Coast Guard is honoring a local woman for her work with servicemembers and their families.

Elaine Savage, a Coast Guard civilian employee with Naval Engineering Support Unit Industrial Service Activity Boston, received the Spirit of Hope Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard’s official blog says the medal is awarded each year to a small select group of people that “epitomize selfless service and dedicated commitment to the military.”

Savage is actively involved with The Gold Star Wives and The Snowball Express, two organizations that provide support for the spouses and children of fallen servicemembers.

She has also been an advocate for Massachusetts veterans.

The Spirit of Hope Award is named after Bob Hope, comedian and actor, who is noted for his work to entertain the U.S. armed forces during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and other military actions. The award characterizes the values he embodied.

Comments (2)
  1. Parker's Aunt says:

    thank you ms. savage for your service, and congratulations on your receiving this honor from those you serve with and for. your service, even as a civilian, exemplifies the coast guard motto, Semper Paratus (always prepared). a nephew is in his 2nd year at the coast guard academy, and i know he’ll be proud to have you and your colleagues helping him and fellow coasties in the years ahead.

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