Military Appreciation Weekend

MAW Poster - 2020  Military Appreciation Event

Calling for Local Veteran Award Nominations.

The City of Valdez is calling for nominees for our Local Veteran Award. The award is presented annually to two deserving local veterans during Valdez Military Appreciation Weekend on May 23rd & 24th, 2020 

 Know a deserving Veteran?  Please submit nominations using this  Nomination Form and submit before March 6th, 2020.

Nominations may be submitted by mail or in person:  Address postal mail to Economic Development Dept., PO Box 307, Valdez AK 99686 or hand deliver to the City Hall front desk no later than 5:00pm March 6th, 2020. 

History of the Event

The Prince William Sound Charter Boat Association (PWSCBA) started as the Valdez Charter Boat Association in 1990 with 11 members. The name was changed to PWSCBA in April 2004 and now includes members in the Ports of Whittier and Cordova. One Valdez member, Ken Larson, started donating free Vet fishing trips in 2005 after returning from a 2004 – 2005 stint with USACE in Iraq as a resident engineer supporting his son’s First Cavalry Artillery Unit during Operation Iraq Freedom. A few more local charter operators picked up on the idea. In 2007 the City of Valdez and Crowley joined as partners to make Military Appreciation Weekend a formal event. This fantastic event continues to grow each year. Due to its popularity several generous private boat owners have also begun donating their time and boats so the Valdez event can accommodate more very deserving veterans.

A Special Thanks!

The Military Appreciation event would not be possible without the support and active participation of sponsors. The extraordinary fishing opportunity for our returning Hero’s would not be possible without the generosity of charter and local boat owners.

Community Business Military Discounts

Several businesses will be offering discounts for the weekend. When making your reservations, ask for the military discount.

Travel planning information can be found at the Visitor Information Center, 309 Fairbanks Drive or on their website at

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Economic Development Director
Martha Barberio
Email Martha Barberio
Phone Direct on (907) 834-3490