Rosalynn Carter served as the First Lady of The United States and an active honorary chair of the President’s Commission on Mental Health. Carter testified before a Senate committee,on behalf of the Mental Health System Bill, enacted in 1980. She was the second First Lady to appear before the Congress. By the time she had held the office of First Lady for two years, Time magazine called her the ‘’second most powerful person in the US.’’ Rosalynn also led a delegation to Thailand in 1979 to address the problems of Cambodia and Laotian refugees. She examined refugee camps and helping the refugees, particularly the children, became a special cause for her. She was also instrumental in supporting the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, CO. In 1982 Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, in partnership with Emory University, founded the Carter Center, a nonprofit human rights organization. Some of her recognitions include her being inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. In 1999, Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
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