Melvin R. Laird
Counselor to the President and Continuing Public Service (1973-1974)
In 1973, after completing his term as Secretary of Defense, Melvin R. Laird was asked to become President Nixon's top Counselor for Domestic Affairs. President Nixon felt Mr. Laird's talents were needed to provide an effective liaison between the White House and Capitol Hill during a critical period.
Mr. Laird has received over 100 awards and honorary degrees, which include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Richard Nixon at a White House Dinner, March 28th, 1974. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a U.S. civilian can receive. Other honors include the Order of Merit (first class) from the Federal Republic of Germany; Legion of Honor from the French Government; the 15th Annual Albert Lasker Medical Award; Man of the Year Award of the American Cancer Society; The John E. Fogarty Foundation for the Mentally Retarded Humanitarian Award and the Harry S. Truman Award.
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