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Department of Defense presents Humanitarian Service Award

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A Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam Veteran was finally rewarded for his hard work in 1994 on Monday night.

The Department of Defense presented Rev. Dr. Enos Garvin the Humanitarian Service Award for a relief mission trip many years ago in Rwanda. Garvin was serving as a Georgia Air National Guard Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander when he volunteered to help refugees after the Rwandan president was assassinated.

Monday night, we caught up with Garvin who explains why it took so long for him to receive the award.

"Well I retired in 1995 as a Tech Sgt. And they awarded the medal to the unit after I retired. And here it is, 21 years later, they decided to present me with that medal,” said Rev. Dr. Garvin.

Garvin says he actually forgot all about it and he was so surprised to receive the award. He also tells us the fact that the Department of Defense remembered is simply awesome.

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