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George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award Recipients

Beginning in 2010, Liberty University desired to recognize military men and women who sacrificed their life for our freedom and went above and beyond the call of duty, displaying extraordinary heroism while in the service and continuing to serve as an outstanding ambassador in their community.  Nominations are received through September and then selection is made for the most worthy veteran to receive this prestigious award.  The award is presented at a Flames Football game during Liberty’s Military Emphasis Week, held near Veterans’ Day.  The first recipient of this award is George Rogers, and subsequently, the award is named in his honor, George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award.


George Rogers (2010)

   While serving in the Philippines during WWII, George Rogers was taken prisoner by the Japanese along with thousands of American and Philippine troops. They were forced to march about 75 miles in five days, known as the Bataan Death March, and were sent to POW camps where many died of starvation and abuse. Mr. Rogers withered away to a mere 85 pounds while being held as a POW.  In 2012, Rogers finally received recognition for his service by being awarded the Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medal. Mr. Rogers, who first started as a CEO for the "Old Gospel Time Hour" in April 1974, eventually retired in 1999 from Liberty where he last served as vice president of finance and administration.  Read more

Steve Bozeman (2011)

The military veteran chosen to receive the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award for 2011 is Steve Bozeman, a decorated veteran who continues to support his country and fellow servicemen and women. Bozeman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1966 became an aircraft and helicopter mechanic. Bozeman was sent to Vietnam where he was stationed for two years, acting as both a helicopter mechanic and a machine door gunner. For his service and courageous acts, Bozeman was awarded a variety of medals, including two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. He was also decorated with 18 Air Medals, which distinguish those that have meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Additionally, the Navy Commendation Medal was bestowed upon Bozeman, with the medal also holding a "V" for heroism and participation in combat operations.  Read more

Tim Lee (2012)

The military veteran chosen to receive the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award for 2012 is Tim Lee, a Vietnam War veteran and evangelist.  Lee, who lost both of his legs in 1971 during the Vietnam War, views his disability not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity to share God’s love through his evangelical ministry. In March of 1971, he was apprehended by the hand of God along an abandoned grassy trail in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. In that moment engulfed in smoke, fire and holy vengeance, a land mine explosion severed two lower limbs, and placed in a wheelchair for life a young man who was to carry, without legs, a message from God to a nation.  Read more

To nominate a deserving veteran for this prestigious award, please complete the Nomination Form by September 6, 2013.