About Us


The museum will offer an experience that draws personal and emotional connections to Medal of Honor recipients and their stories, while shedding light on the wars in which they fought and the ideals that the Medal of Honor represents. Visitors will come to understand the meaning and price of freedom—and appreciate the virtue of putting service above self.

The National Medal of Honor Museum will also include an education center aimed at character development in our nation’s youth. A critical part of our mission will be to use the stories of our Medal of Honor recipients to inspire young people, and motivate them to be their best selves.

In concert with the Medal of Honor Society, the National Medal of Honor Museum—at the museum itself and virtually—will include a robust educational component aimed at youth character development. Designed by teachers, the Character Development Program will provide students with opportunities to explore the concepts of courage, patriotism, sacrifice, integrity and humility, and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.


The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational institution organized to design, fund, build and maintain the National Medal of Honor Museum and Education Center, which will be funded principally through donations from the private sector.

The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation Board is comprised of individuals dedicated to making this institution a reality. All of our living former Commanders-in-Chief – Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter – have signed on as “Honorary Directors” of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, reflecting the importance of our mission.

Your support will make this museum and education center a reality. It will ensure that these stories of selflessness, service and sacrifice remain a source of inspiration for generations to come. And as a donor, you will receive recognition on our website and in the new museum and education center.


Honorable Directors
  • The Honorable Barack Obama
  • The Honorable Bill Clinton
  • The Honorable George W. Bush
  • The Honorable Jimmy Carter
Board of Directors
  • Charlotte Jones, Chairman
    Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Dallas Cowboys
  • SSG David Bellavia, USA
    Medal of Honor Recipient

  • MG Patrick Brady, USA (ret.)
    Medal of Honor Recipient

  • COL Jack Jacobs, USA (ret.)
    Medal of Honor Recipient

  • SOCM (SEAL) Britt Slabinski, USN (ret.)
    Medal of Honor Recipient

  • LTC William Swenson, USA
    Medal of Honor Recipient

  • Debra Burlingame
    9/11 Community Leader

  • Reed Cordish
    Principal and Partner, The Cordish Companies

  • Francisco D’Souza
    Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cognizant

  • Mike Hayes
    Senior VP and Head of Strategic Operations, Cognizant

  • Neil Leibman
    Co-Owner and COO, Texas Rangers Baseball Club CEO, Summer Energy Inc.

  • Joel S. Marcus
    Executive Chairman and Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc./Alexandria Venture Investments

  • Brad Meltzer
    Author and Television Host

  • Henry Ross Perot III (Hill)
    Vice President, Hillwood

  • Alan Schwartz
    Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, L.L.C

  • Ambassador Craig Stapleton
    Senior Advisor, Stone Point Capital
    Director of Tenax Aerospace and Vivino Inc.
    Co-Owner, St. Louis Cardinals

  • Peter Stent, Vice Chairman

  • Alexander H. Tisch
    Executive Vice President
    Loews Hotels & Co

  • Jared Weinstein
    Partner, Thrive Capital

  • Matthew Zames
    President and Senior Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management

Advisory Board
  • The Honorable Gordon R. England
    29th U.S. Deputy Director of Defense
    72nd & 73rd U.S. Secretary of the Navy

  • The Honorable Eric K. Fanning
    22nd U.S. Secretary of the Army
    President & CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

  • The Honorable James M. Loy
    U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
    Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
    21st Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
    Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
  • The Honorable Raymond E. Mabus, Jr.
    75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy
    Founding Principal and CEO, The Mabus Group

  • The Honorable Robert A. McDonald
    8th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    Chairman, President and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

  • The Honorable Sean O’Keefe
    69th U.S. Secretary of the Navy Howard & Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management & Leadership, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs
  • The Honorable Leon E. Panetta
    23rd U. S. Secretary of Defense
    Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy

  • The Honorable F. Whitten Peters
    19th U.S. Secretary of the Air Force
    Senior Counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP

  • The Honorable David J. Shulkin, MD
    9th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    President, Shulkin Solutions, LLC

  • U.S. Air Force General Kevin P. Chilton
    Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (2007-2011) President, Chilton & Associates LLC

  • U.S. Navy Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
    30th Chief of Naval Operations
    John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies
    The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

  • U.S. Air Force General Michael V. Hayden
    Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
    National Security Agency Principal, The Chertoff Group

  • U.S. Navy Admiral Bobby R. Inman
    Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Director of the National Security Agency
    Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at The University of Texas

  • U.S. Marine Corps General Charles C. Krulak
    31st Commandant of the Marine Corps

  • U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers
    15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    President, Kansas State University

  • U.S. Navy Admiral Eric T. Olson
    Commander, U.S. Special Ops Command (‘07-’11)
    President, ETO Group, LLC

  • U.S. Marine Corps General Peter Pace
    16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    Operating Partner, Behrman Capital

  • U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus
    Former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, U.S. Central Command and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan
    Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

  • U.S. Navy Admiral Joseph W. Prueher
    Former U.S. Ambassador to China
    Former Commander U.S. Pacific Command
    James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia
    Senior Advisor to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project

  • Theodore Roosevelt IV
    Former U.S. Navy SEAL
    Managing Director & Chairman, Barclays Cleantech Initiative
  • U.S. Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz
    19th Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
    President & CEO, Institute for Defense Analysis

  • Gary Sinise
    Actor, Director, Musician, and
    Founder & Chairman of Gary Sinise Foundation

  • U.S. Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis
    Supreme Allied Commander at NATO (‘09-’13)
    Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group

  • U.S. Army General Joseph L. Votel
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Business Executives for National Security

  • U.S. Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III
    20th Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
    Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University



It is known as the Pyramid of Honor: the hierarchy of military awards for gallantry, valor and heroism. The Purple Heart forms the base but at the very top is the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat. It is unique in every way; the only military medal that is worn around the neck. Its recipients are the only individuals whom the President and military of all ranks salute as a matter of custom.

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President, in the name of Congress, to a member of the armed forces who is prominently distinguished by gallantry and intrepidity, risking loss of life above and beyond the call of duty