Der­rick Dockery Re­ceives Red­skins Sa­lute Award

On Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 31st, for­mer Red­skins guard Der­rick Dockery re­ceived the Red­skins Sa­lute Award at the 55th an­nual Red­skins Wel­come Home Lun­cheon.

The Washington Times Daily - - REDSKINS SALUTE - BY: ED COLE

The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins are one of the big­gest sup­port­ers of the U.S. Armed Forces, as are their alumni. For­mer Red­skins guard Der­rick Dockery is an ex­am­ple of the spe­cial bond the team and the mil­i­tary share, as Dockery along with his wife, Emma, cre­ated Yel­low Rib­bons United [YRU]. YRU is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s main goal is to give the mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies as much sup­port as hu­manly pos­si­ble.

The hu­man kind­ness the Dock­erys show the mil­i­tary hasn’t gone un­no­ticed by the Red­skins, who awarded Dockery with the Red­skins Sa­lute Award, pre­sented by Lock­heed Martin, at the Red­skins Wel­come Home Lun­cheon, on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 31, 2016, at the Hil­ton McLean Tysons Cor­ner, in McLean, Va.

Dockery - who played for the Red­skins for six sea­sons - re­ceived the award from Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, Com­mand­ing Gen­eral, Joint Force Head­quar­ters – Na­tional Cap­i­tal Region, and the U.S. Army Mil­i­tary Dis­trict of Wash­ing­ton.

Becker was com­mis­sioned as a Sec­ond Lieu­tenant in the Field Ar­tillery upon grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis in May 1986, with a Bach­e­lor of Arts De­gree in Po­lit­i­cal Science.

Becker earned the Com­bat Ac­tion Badge, Parachutist and Air As­sault iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badges, and is Ranger qual­i­fied.

The Red­skins Sa­lute Award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to the mem­ber of the Red­skins or­ga­ni­za­tion, past or present, that is do­ing the most to sup­port our men and women in uni­form and their fam­i­lies, which the Dockery’s are do­ing in great fash­ion with YRU.

Last May, YRU cel­e­brated Me­mo­rial Day by putting on a “Play­field in the Park” event in Wash­ing­ton D.C., for 500 chil­dren and teenagers who at­tended the Tragedy As­sis­tance Pro­gram for Sur­vivors [TAPS] Good Grief Camp. The Dock­erys were there along­side Red­skins line­backer Martrell Spaight and wide re­ceiver Jami­son Crow­der. Der­rick and Emma wouldn’t have missed the event for the world. It gave them a chance to pay tribute to those soldiers who fight for our free­doms ev­ery sin­gle day.

“It’s won­der­ful, and a great week­end to get an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect and think about those who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice,” Der­rick said. “To think about what they have to go through on a day-to-day ba­sis, you re­ally put things in per­spec­tive; you don’t take things for granted. My wife and I are very thrilled and hon­ored to sup­port our men and women who have paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, and served our coun­try coura­geously and ad­mirably.”

The love the Dock­erys have for the mil­i­tary stems from Emma’s per­sonal in­volve­ment with it. Sadly, Emma lost her brother, Army Sgt. David Wil­liams, who died while serv­ing in Afghanistan in 2012. Her fa­ther also served in the United States Army for 30 years and re­tired as a Colonel.

To this day, Emma says her fa­ther is her “big­gest ad­vi­sor, men­tor and hero.”

“Al­though I was proud of the work and ser­vice that my fa­ther per­formed, I can still feel the fear and the un­cer­tainty that came with life in the Armed Forces,” Emma said, via the YRU web­site. “Though it was my fa­ther who made the of­fi­cial oath to our coun­try, it was ul­ti­mately the en­tire family’s sac­ri­fice.”

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