Award Nomination Opportunity. Nomination Deadline:  July 31, 2021. Each year, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) honors public safety officers in law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency services who demonstrate extraordinary acts of service to protect human life and ensure community safety. Submit your nominations for the 2021 Medal of Valor, the Nation’s highest award for valor by a public safety officer. Learn about former award recipients and review frequently asked questions to help you prepare your nominations at