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The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family

The American Military Spouses Choir and musician Arturo Sandoval perform onstage at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Courtesy of Getty Images for the Friars Club
The American Military Spouses Choir and musician Arturo Sandoval perform onstage at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Airs Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Nick Jonas performs onstage at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Courtesy of Getty Images for the Friars Club
Nick Jonas performs onstage at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Actor, Retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Officer Rob Riggle speaks onstage at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Courtesy of Getty Images for the Friars Club
Actor, Retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Officer Rob Riggle speaks onstage at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Miss America Kira Kazantsev speaks at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Courtesy of Getty Images for the Friars Club
Miss America Kira Kazantsev speaks at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family" presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

The exciting, celebratory night in honor of our veterans and their supporters includes appearances from Dr. Jill Biden, the American Military Spouses Choir, Alec Baldwin, Jon Bernthal, Aloe Blacc, Whitney Cummings, Gavin DeGraw, Rhiannon Giddens, Nick Jonas, Miss America Kira Kazantsev, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, The Lone Bellow, JR Martinez, Gregory Porter, Rob Riggle and Arturo Sandoval.

The Lincoln Awards is named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, whose second inaugural address laid the groundwork for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

The Lincoln Awards was created by Michael Gyure, Michael B. Matuza, Cappy McGarr and Tommy Sowers. The program was produced by MBM Entertainment and Cappy Productions.

Visit the official Lincoln Awards website for more information about the 2015 recipients and to submit nominations. The Lincoln Awards are on Facebook, and you can follow @LincolnAwards on Twitter. More video clips from this program are available for online viewing.

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2015 Lincoln Awards | Medical & Science | Dean Kamen

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2015 Lincoln Awards | Artistic | Kayla Williams

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2015 Lincoln Awards | Public Service | Jacqueline Garrick

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2015 Lincoln Awards | Standard Bearer | Dick Young

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"2015 Lincoln Awards | Gavin DeGraw | "Soldier"

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"2015 Lincoln Awards| Aloe Blacc | "Love is the Answer"

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