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Academy Award Nominee & Emmy Winner Shohreh Aghdashloo to Present at Fourth Annual Veterans Awards

WASHINGTON D.C. -  The Academy of United States Veterans is announcing Shohreh Aghdashloo, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award Winner actress, as an award presenter at the Fourth Annual Veterans Awards on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, to be held in Washington D.C.’s Watergate Hotel.  Born in Tehran, Iran, Shohreh achieved stardom in her 1977 movie  The Report . During Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Shohreh moved to England where she completed her Bachelor's degree in International Relations. While she always had a passion for politics, she continued pursuing her acting career in Los Angeles, California, where she took on roles in films like  Twenty Bucks , Surviving Paradise , and  Maryam . She also played the character Dina Araz on the Fox series  24  to much critical acclaim.  Shohreh Aghdashloo is a history making actress as the first Iranian woman to be Oscar nominated and win an Emmy award. American audiences know her best from her Oscar nominated performance in  House of Sand and Fog and in her Emmy winning role in HBO’s acclaimed  House of Saddam . Shohreh has also received other various prestigious awards, including the Independent Spirit award as best supporting actress in a feature film and the New York and Los Angeles film critics award. She is currently working in production for the fourth season of the futuristic TV series  The Expanse , where she plays the lead character Chrisjen Avasarala. Shohreh will next be seen on the big screen starring alongside of Rita Wilson in the indie film  Simple Wedding , where she also served as an executive producer on the film.  The Vettys® strives to be a non-partisan celebration of the tremendous achievements of the veteran community, as well as a recognition of the notable work of organizations and individuals who are committed to providing support to those who have served. “January 20th will be a night of coming together to honor and celebrate our nation’s heroes who have made several sacrifices while serving for one main mission: to protect our great nation,” says AUSV President and CEO, Assal Ravandi.  This year’s Vettys® theme is America, Through the Veterans lens, and the black-tie gala will honor seven individuals and organizations who have demonstrated relentless dedication and selfless service to the veteran community and their families. The seven categories for this year’s Vettys® are: Employment, Leadership, Mental Health, Lifetime Achievement, Women Veterans, Veterans Homelessness, as well as Veterans Choice. For more information about The Vettys ® and to purchase tickets, visit ### About the Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV) As members of the Academy of United States Veterans, we believe that our obligation to our community of service members is principally vital. We effectively utilize advocacy and outreach to ensure that decision-makers and supporters have a sense of clarity on the truth that lies behind the issues. The Academy of United States Veterans has been established to educate and advocate through recognition and organization on behalf of the community to ensure a promising future for a new generation of veterans and organizations that work tirelessly on their mission of service. About Shohreh Aghdashloo

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