2013 All-American Bowl Army Reserve Soldier Hero Opportunity

The Army Reserve is accepting applications for Soldier Heroes to attend the 2013 Army All-American Bowl event Jan. 1-6, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Army Reserve (AR) and the Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG) host the Soldier Hero program as part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. This event provides a unique opportunity to build meaningful and lasting connections to the national high school community and raise awareness of the U.S. Army Reserve and its ability to empower young Americans. It is also a national forum to honor our Reserve Soldiers who were recognized for valor or were wounded during a deployment in support of OIF, OEF, or OND.
Selected "Soldier Heroes" will participate in a multitude of All-American Bowl game-week activities, interact with the nation's top high school football players, talk about their Army Reserve experiences, and enjoy watching football - all at no cost to the selected "Soldier Heroes.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will feature 90 of the nation's top high school football players in a classic East versus West gridiron battle and will be televised live on Saturday, Jan. 6, from San Antonio's Alamodome.
Selection Criteria:
• Army Reserve Soldier
• Major/CW3/SFC or below
• AGR or TPU status
• Veteran of Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom
• Awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” Device, Purple Heart ARCOM with “V” Device, and/or other awards for valor as a result of actions during deployment
• Able to attend the entire AAB event from 1-6 January 2013
• Did not participate in the AAB event in 2011 or 2012
• Meet height and weight standards
• No negative administrative actions
Timeline: Applications must be received by 30 October 2012. Late applications will be accepted with appropriate notification before the application deadline.
Requirements: Specific application requirements are listed in the Army Reserve Soldier Hero Memorandum of Instruction for the Army All-American Bowl, below.
To Apply: Complete the attached AR Soldier Hero Application, attach required documentation and email the packet to ARAABSoldierHero@usar.army.mil. Include the words “2013 AR Soldier Hero Application” in the subject line. 
Notification: If you are selected as a Soldier Hero, we will contact you to obtain more information and provide additional details by 10 November 2012.
For More Information: For specific questions not answered on the website, please send your questions to ARAABSoldierHero@usar.army.mil.