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The Hero at Home Video Contest



To honor caregivers of wounded service members and veterans



Congratulations to Justin Constantine, whose video had the most number of likes on the PenFed Foundation’s YouTube contest page! His wife, Dahlia, will receive the “Hero at Home” award at the foundation’s Eighth Annual Night of Heroes Gala on May 24 in Washington, D.C. A special thanks to the other finalists for sharing their stories!

About the Hero at Home Video Contest

The PenFed Foundation held a video contest to find a caregiver of a wounded veteran who will be honored as the “hero at home” at its Eighth Annual Night of Heroes Gala this May. 

We are honored to recognize the caregivers who sacrifice to care for our nation's wounded.  To those that entered: thank you for sharing your stories through video with us.  The winner and service member will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and receive the “Hero at Home” award at the PenFed Foundation’s Eighth Annual Night of Heroes Gala on May 24, 2012 and the winner will receive a $1,500 American Express gift card. This year’s gala will honor family and friends who have cared for or are currently caring for a wounded service member or veteran while they are recuperating from the hospital or after they have returned home.


Entries will no longer be accepted. Five finalists will be announced on April 16.  The winner will be officially announced on April 23, 2012.

For questions about the contest, email:

Contest Rules

By entering the contest, you grant The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) a perpetual, royalty-free license to use your video, in any media, or online format. You grant the PenFed Foundation permission to edit, modify, format, or adapt your video for the PenFed Foundation’s purposes at its sole discretion. Except for listed prize awarded to the winner of the video contest, no other compensation in any manner will be paid to any entrant of the video contest for the submission or for the foundation’s future use of the video in any manner. If you want to remove your video from the competition, you may do so by requesting the PenFed Foundation delete your video from its competition prior to April 12, 2012. Only one video per person may be submitted.

For questions about the contest, email:

Eligibility to Win

To be eligible to enter to win, you must be a citizen 18 years of age or older of the United States, Puerto Rico or the other U.S. territories. Employees of the PenFed Foundation, their relatives, and PenFed Foundation contractors are not eligible to enter the contest.

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter to win. To be eligible to win, all participants must “like” the PenFed Foundation on Facebook The winner and service member must also be available to fly to Washington, D.C. and attend the PenFed Foundation’s Eighth Annual Night of Heroes Gala the week of May 21, 2012.

Contest Timeframe

The contest will begin on March 1, 2012 and end on April 12, 2012, 11:59 p.m. EST. To be eligible to win all videos must be submitted during this time. No videos submitted after this time will be accepted or considered.


  • Video must be 60 to 120 seconds in length.
  • No video may contain profane language, violence, sex or personal attacks on people or organizations.
  • No video may contain material that violates copyright laws or uses brand names or logos other than the PenFed Foundation.
  • By submitting the video you agree to indemnify and hold the PenFed Foundation harmless for any claim, demand, judgment, loss, damage, expense or liability, including costs and attorney's fees, that may result by reason of any action or claim against PenFed Foundation charging infringement, attempted infringement or any other improper use of any trademark, service mark, copyright, intellectual property right, common law, statutory or other proprietary right or interest based on the licensing, use, or grant of interest conveyed by you of the video for the contest.. All contest submitters agree not to make any commercial use of those portions of their submissions which use the PenFed Foundation trademarks.
  • Your video may not contain any endorsement, solicitation, commercial, or similar content advocating for or against the PenFed Foundation and/or its mission.
  • Your video must be original content for this contest. Do not submit a video that has been submitted elsewhere.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube independently and then the URL must be submitted to the PenFed Foundation by completing the entry form.
  • The winner will need to obtain release forms for all of the people featured in the video.
  • You must be able to provide the PenFed Foundation with an original video file if you win.
  • Videos that are submitted without a completed entry form will not be judged.

Winner Selection

The PenFed Foundation shall select the finalists of the contest in its sole discretion. After the contest submission date closes, videos will be judged by judges selected by the PenFed Foundation to determine if the videos present accurate information and comply with the requirements of the contest. Those videos that do not comply will be disqualified. All other videos will advance to second round of judging where the videos will be rated by a judging committee selected by the PenFed Foundation. The videos will be judged on message, accuracy, appropriateness, theme, creativity, and how compelling the story is. The judging committee will narrow down the videos to the top five finalists who will be featured on the PenFed Foundation YouTube finalist’s page at for the final round where the public will help select the winner. The final winner will be announced and notified on April 23, 2012. The winner and service member will receive an all-expense-paid-trip to Washington, D.C. and receive the “Hero at Home” award at the PenFed Foundation’s Eighth Annual Night of Heroes Gala on May 24, 2012 and the winner will receive a $1,500 American Express gift card. The winning video will also be posted on the PenFed Foundation’s website as well as used in other marketing efforts.


The personal information you submit on the entry form will only be used to contact you in the event you win the contest or if there is a question or issue regarding your video or its content. We will not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about you, unless required for law enforcement or by statute. As your video will be made available to the public, you should not include personal information which you do not want to disclose about yourself or anyone else. All information collected on the entry form will be deleted at the conclusion of the contest. The PenFed Foundation is using YouTube to host the videos for this contest. You are subject to YouTube's use, privacy, cookie, and security provisions

Limitations of Liability

This contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. It is void where prohibited. Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys’ fees. Any and all disputes arising from this contest will be resolved individually without resorting to any form of class action lawsuit.

General Release

By entering this contest, entrants agree to allow the PenFed Foundation to use submissions in future promotions, emails and other marketing communications except where prohibited by law.

For questions about the contest, email