Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh talks about the return of former Raven Ed Reed who now plays for the NY Jets. He also talks about tight end Dennis Pitta and QB Joe Flacco. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been nominated for the third annual Salute to Service Award, given by the NFL and the USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families.

The award recognizes efforts to honor and support the military community.

The winner will be named during the annual NFL Honors awards show in New York City on the eve of the Super Bowl.  Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman won the award last year.

Harbaugh's advocacy for the U.S. Military has been well documented. After being hired as head coach of the Ravens in 2008, Harbaugh helped institute Military Appreciation Day, an annual event that takes place in training camp.

He visits military bases and spends significant time and funds putting together care packages for soldiers overseas, and for military families. Harbaugh took the Ravens on a trip to Gettysburg, Pa. during offseason team activities to learn about the Civil War.

In 2011, Harbaugh was one of two finalists (late Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams was the other) for the inaugural Salute to Service award. Last season, Harbaugh was was given an Outstanding Civilian Service Award by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army.