For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Kristen Barnfield, Easter Seals or 312.551.7147

COL David Sutherland Honored with Daily Point of Light Award
from the Points of Light Foundation

Points Of Light logoFebruary 5, 2013 -- COL Sutherland was notified on February 5 in a letter from Mike Monroe, Vice President, Military Initiatives,
Points of Light:

It is with great pleasure and admiration that I join the selection team in congratulating you on receiving the Daily Point of Light Award. Your selfless devotion to the veteran’s community and our world proves that now, more than ever, people value the importance of service to drive change.
Today we face increasingly complex problems with limited financial resources. Most traditional institutions -- governments, businesses and nonprofits -- are faced with having to do more with less, creating a growing demand for engaging people in our problem solving. Americans have always had an instinct to help those in need. Throughout history, the big changes and advances in society have always been powered by people.
The Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort is recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award. Each honoree is truly a gift to our nation as so elegantly stated by President George H. W. Bush President:
“I think of Points of Light as the soul of America. They are ordinary people who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, care and friendship. By giving so generously of themselves, these remarkable individuals show us not only what is best in our heritage but what all of us are called to become.”
Sir, you are truly a Point of Light for the veterans’ movement and we are so happy to have you as part of the team.  Congratulations again and thank you for your contribution to your community and our nation.

About the Daily Point Of Light Award
The Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort is recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award.

The Daily Point of Light Award was established by former President George H. W. Bush to engage individuals, families, businesses and groups to solve community problems through voluntary service. During his presidency, President Bush distributed 1,020 Daily Point of Light Awards, placing volunteer service at the top of his agenda. President Bush continues to sign all of the awards today. 

About Dixon Center
Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services is a national clearinghouse launched in 2012. The Center is a catalyst for the consolidation of the disparate efforts underway since 9/11 that provide services to veterans, military service members, and their families.  We use a holistic approach that focuses on three areas: education, employment and access to healthcare. We endorse and disseminate practical, community-based solutions that maximize private and public dollars. Services include disseminating relevant information; convening meetings of corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit and military and veteran leaders; and advising funders on investments that facilitate real and lasting success in civilian, family and community life.

Dixon Center provides leadership to a nationwide network of support – consisting of tens of thousands of organizations - for the delivery of services, or to services. Its team is led by Executive Director David W. Sutherland, Colonel US-Army, Retired. Easter Seals is Dixon Center's 501(c) 3 sponsor and is also one of its myriad partners that provide support and direct services to veterans and military families. Easter Seals is supporting Dixon Center to emerge and deliver on its bold mission. Dixon Center’s work will not be done until veterans and our military families can thrive; where they live. Learn more at

About Easter Seals
Easter Seals has provided direct services to the military community since World War II. In 2005, recognizing the new and unmet needs of so many returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the organization renewed its commitment to military families and veterans by establishing a Military and Veterans Initiative to address serious gaps in service and mobilize its national community-based provider network. Today, Easter Seals serves thousands of military families across its 73 affiliates, 550 nationwide service sites, 24,000 professional staff and 40,000 local volunteers.

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Visit