About the Award

The Deborah Sampson Award is presented to a Massachusetts resident whose military and community service is extraordinary. The annual award is presented by the Women Veterans' Network during a special ceremony the week of Veterans' Day at the State House in Boston.

Nominate Someone

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The Women Veterans' Network seeks nominations from anyone who knows an outstanding woman veteran.

Selection Criteria

A Massachusetts woman is eligible for this award if she served active duty in the regular U.S. military, Reserves, or National Guard. Military service will be rated as more important than other criteria in the award selection process. Other considerations include:

  • The nominee's military service, awards, and pioneering efforts for women in the military.
  • Personal sacrifices or hardships the nominee endured in order to serve in the military.
  • The nominee's accomplishments toward the enhancement of the lives of female veterans through community service and participation in veterans' organizations.
  • The nominee's merit for special recognition as an outstanding woman veteran.

Award Recipients

The award had been presented since 2005 as the Outstanding Woman Veteran Award. In 2011 it was renamed the Deborah Sampson Award. View biographies of past recipients.


Women Veterans' Network
600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
fax: 617-210-5755