Janice Jackson, a Baltimore resident, will receive the honor for creating a nonprofit group called Women Embracing Abilities Now, which helps women with disabilities. Jackson also teaches music at the University of Baltimore.
Terry Shima, of Gaithersburg, was part of an Army unit of Japanese Americans who volunteered for combat duty in World War II. Shima also served as executive director of the Japanese American Veterans Association.
The two will attend a ceremony at the White House on Feb. 15 to receive the award from President Obama. It is the second-highest civilian award bestowed by the federal government after the Presidential Medal of Freedom.