Obama awarding Presidential Citizens Medal to 13

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is bestowing the nation’s second-highest civilian honor on 13 people for their exemplary service, including helping the needy, fighting illiteracy and supporting veterans, service members and their families.

One woman was chosen to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously for speaking out against domestic abuse.

Other honorees are being recognized at a White House ceremony Thursday for their efforts helping victims of conflict and mass violence, teaching women self-defense techniques, and replacing the violence in children’s lives with music.

A woman whose experience led Obama to grant same-sex partners full visitation rights in hospitals is also receiving an award.

President Richard M. Nixon created the honor in 1969 as a way to recognize exemplary service by a citizen.