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Donates 5,000 'Medal of Honor' books and DVDs to local schools

SAN DIEGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- TriWest Healthcare Alliance and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation donated 5,000 copies of the best-selling book, "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty," to California schools.

The book chronicles the poignant stories of 139 living and deceased veterans, including nearly 20 from California, who hold our nation's highest award for military valor in combat -- the Medal of Honor. Just 3,447 medals have been awarded throughout our nation's history. Among them are men such as Pine Valley resident John Finn, a retired Naval Lieutenant who was stationed in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. When the naval station came under Japanese attack, Finn promptly secured and manned a .50-caliber machine gun on a completely exposed parking ramp. Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to return enemy fire with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first aid treatment, he returned to the squadron and supervised the re-arming of returning planes.

"At a time when true heroes are few and far between, we hope to get our nation's young people thinking about the qualities that distinguish ordinary men from extraordinary. The ideals of courage, selflessness and patriotism represented by the medal and those who received it, can be applied in all walks of life on any particular day -- not just in combat situations," said David J. McIntyre, Jr., TriWest President and CEO and board member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. "These true stories come from ordinary men who responded with extraordinary courage when their nation called. It is important for our youth to be inspired by and learn from those who have gone before."

TriWest and the Foundation recently delivered over 5,000 copies to middle, junior and senior high schools throughout the state -- a gift valued at more than $100,000. Each book was delivered with an outline paper about its contents and discussion questions for use in the classroom.

"We are pleased to make this inspiring book available to faculty and students across California, and grateful to TriWest for making this financially possible," said Nicholas Kehoe, president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. "As we approach Memorial Day 2008, it is important to remember that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans are not free."

TriWest Healthcare Alliance and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation will present a copy of the book, "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty," to Bob Watkins, president of the San Diego County School Board, on May 23 at the USS Midway, 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego.

About Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation serves to promote American values and the qualities that the Medal represents: courage, sacrifice, and patriotism. It does this by supporting education and awareness about the Medal, its recipients, and their public service activities.

About TriWest Healthcare Alliance

TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do "Whatever It Takes" to support the health care needs of 2.9 million members of America's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation with offices in California, TriWest provides access to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICARE West Region, 2007 TRICARE Region of the Year. TriWest is a proud Corporate Team Member of America Supports You. Visit for more information.

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