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.