Country duo BIG + RICH are to receive the Vietnam Veterans of America's President's Award for Excellence in the Arts. The hitmakers will attend the organisation's annual convention in Springfield, Illinois next week (18Jul07), when they'll receive their new accolade. The veterans chose to honour Big + Rich after the duo scored a hit with 8th of November, a song inspired by a battle U.S. troops fought in Vietnam in 1965. Previous recipients of the award include Kris Kristofferson, Bob Hope, George Jones and Raquel Welch.