Courtesy Photo | The award was presented by Anna Lee Daniel, young daughter of fallen hero Austin Lee Daniel for whom the award is named. As a part of his award, Rep. Burns received an original oil painting of a bald eagle by Louisiana artist Tony Bernard, commissioned especially for this award.

The Folds of Honor Foundation presented Lt. Col. (ret.) Henry Burns, state representative from Haughton, Louisiana, the 2015 Distinguished Military Honor Award Saturday night in Baton Rouge during halftime of the LSU vs FLORIDA football game.

This award is presented annually to a Louisiana military member or veteran who supports the betterment and welfare of other military members, veterans, their families and/or their community.

Henry Burns
Henry Burns

The Distinguished Military Honor Award honors a life of service to the state and country and is given in memory of one of Louisiana’s fallen military heroes, Staff Sgt. William Austin Daniel.

Burns was also honored at the Folds of Honor Gala on October 18th in Baton Rouge alongside the children of those killed or wounded in service to our nation. (see photo)

Lt. Col. (ret.) Burns began his military career in the Ordnance Corps of the United States Army as a member of the EOD Bomb Squad. He served our nation in many capacities during his career on active duty.

Upon his retirement, he continued to serve our military and veterans as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 9 in Bossier Parish. In this capacity, Rep. Burns represents many Airmen stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Burns has authored many veteran and military friendly bills as a State Representative, including the Interstate Compact for military children which provides foster care and rights for military children in the Louisiana education system, professional licensure for military training and spousal licensure to ensure transition to employment in Louisiana, and the Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus Act, which provides for improved programs in Louisiana Colleges and Universities for our transitioning military.

Folds of Honor is an organization committed to closing the gap and providing educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers.