Taken from an earlier post at AmVets.Org-
Jerry Reed Receives Silver Helmet Award
Known in country music as “The Guitar Man,” singer-songwriter Jerry "Reed" Hubbard is known not only for a successful solo career but also for his acting roles and for his work as an ace session player. Reed was born in Atlanta on March 20, 1937, and was signed to cut his first record, “If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise,” at age 18.
Reed served in the Army from 1959 – 1961. After his tour of duty he moved to Nashville to continue his singing and songwriting career, which continues to this day. During his career Reed never forgot his ties to the military community and has spent countless hours supporting veterans through various charitable activities.Reed recently performed his song “The American Veteran” during the National Salute
to Hospitalized Veterans in Nashville. Reed also surprised the residents of a Murfreesboro long-term health care facility by staging an impromptu performance during the 2006 holiday season. He continues to participate in events that support veterans in his local community.
*The Silver Helmet Award is an annual award presented by AMVETS that recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in their service to the veterans’ community. It was presented to Reed on 3 March 2008. He died on Monday, 1 September 2008. God bless you Jerry and HOOAH!!! JG