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‘Valor’ series wins award

“Saluting American Valor,” a series of stories published by Stephens Media that detailed the actions of U.S. service members decorated for combat heroism in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been awarded a prize for achievement.

The 54-part newspaper series that was accompanied by an interactive website and spawned a book of the same name, has been designated for the Fedcap 2012 Excellence in Media Award.

Fedcap is a New York-based nonprofit that provides education, vocational training and work placement for returning veterans and others facing job challenges.

Warren Stephens, president and chief executive officer of Stephens Inc., and an owner of Stephens Media, was scheduled to accept the award at Fedcap’s annual dinner Monday night at the New York Public Library.

The “Saluting American Valor” series ran in 11 daily Stephens Media newspapers, and in the company’s weekly papers, from Nov. 8, 2009, through the end of that year, and then monthly through 2010.

It told the stories of service members who were recognized for valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Besides detailing heroic exploits, the series also dealt with issues of post-traumatic stress and rehabilitation from battle injuries.

A compilation book, “Saluting American Valor,” was published in 2010 by Stephens Press.

The Van Buren County Democrat website is available only to print and digital subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, you can access the website at no additional charge.