- 3/31/2015: WIIS (Women In International SecurityWomen In International Security) Listen Now
- 3/24/2015: Transition from military to civilian Listen Now
- 3/17/2015: Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit Listen Now
- 3/10/2015: Folds of Honor / Warrior of Freedom / PGA Reach / 22 Suicides a Day Listen Now
- 3/3/2015: Examining 2 Important Veteran Initiatives; Veterans Treatment Court / Suicide Prevention Act Listen Now
Anthony Allman is the CEO & Co-Founder of POS REP. Since his Honorable Discharge from the Army in 2003, Anthony has worked as a veterans advocate with such organizations as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Student Veterans of America, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) and Team Rubicon. In 2010, Anthony transitioned into the tech sector where he worked for Google's first Value Added Reseller of Google Apps, a cloud-based productivity suite. Anthony also founded Cloud Corpsman, a 2011 VA Innovation Industry Award finalist, which developed a direct import tool for VA's Blue Button Initiative and Google Health. View Guest page
Anthony Ameen served as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman from 2002-2010. In 2008, Ameen was severely wounded in a Taliban ambush while operating in Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion/7th Marines – 1st Marine Division. Ameen lost the lower half of his left leg and has since undergone more than 30 surgeries to save his right leg and to reconstruct his left hand. For his service and sacrifices, Ameen was awarded a Purple Heart, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor Distinction, and two Good Conduct Medals. In 2010, Mr. Ameen founded Wings for Warriors, a volunteer driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps combat wounded Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans as they return home and transition into the realm of living with their disabilities. Wings for Warriors works to ensure that veterans receive the adequate healthcare and financial benefits that they are due, as well as building support and assistance from their local communities. As the Founder and CEO of Wings for Warriors, Ameen has made numerous keynote public speaking engagements across the United States, and has made several national televised appearances, including CNN, NBC’s ‘Last Call With Carson Daly’, National Geographic Channel, and many more. After 8 years of service, Ameen now lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Stephanie, their daughter Vivian, and 2 girls – Madelyn and Laycie. Stephanie works in commercial real estate with American Realty Brokers as a business broker specializing in business investments. Mr. Ameen continues his personal recovery as he works to build Wings for Warriors to provide a helping hand to the many combat wounded veterans nation wide, dealing with struggles along the road to recovery similar to his own. View Guest page
Ann is a retired IT Director from USC and avid Veteran advocate. She is also a former President of the Blue Star Mothers. Her son is still in service and was wounded in the war in Iraqi. Her passion for Veteran awareness issues continues through public speaking with Congressional representatives involving Veteran's organizations and support on a national basis. She has personally presented 36 Gold Star banners at memorial ceremonies to the parents of our Fallen Heroes during first 2 years of war in Iraq. She continues to support the Blue Star and Gold Star families in the communities. . Ann also established a project with the Girls Scouts, nationally selling an extra box of cookies for the troops. Her supports other veteran non-profits locally and nationally, helping them fundraise for their organization. She also created Statewide Computer educational programs for under privileged citizens and women's abuse shelters of communities through the state department. And was also on Board of Directors of the Easter Seals Foundation. Ann is very passionate about the Human and Civil Rights of all our Veterans and is co-founder of the New Hope for Hero's Campaign, helping organize celebrity concerts and events for the awareness of Veteran's Rights. View Guest page
Laurence is the Music Director for the New Hope for Heroes concert series. Originally from Scotland, he is also a best-selling author and poet with thousands of collectors all over the world. Producing and creating with many other celebrities, he has achieved several Gold records and awards throughout his 35 years in the entertainment business. Laurence has created an amazing show called ?Trans~Formation? that honors our Veterans and Fallen Heroes. This show is being performed throughout Florida and the US in 2015. The passion in his musical events comes through, as well as his passion for saying ?Thank You? to all our Veterans and active service people. View Guest page
Peggy Baker is the Founder/President of Operation First Response, Inc. (OFR) which was founded in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2004. Becoming a Military Mom after 9-11 is the driving force behind her passion. Enabling the profound sacrifices made by our Military to be forefront in the mission of OFR. OFR is a nationwide 501 c3 nonprofit that serves our nation’s Wounded Heroes/ Disabled Veterans and their families with emergency financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injury, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life into the civilian world. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses. The organization has served over 9,500 families with emergency needs and continues to grow and expand with the ever increasing needs of the military families of our wounded, injured and critically ill. View Guest page
Author: Puller Chronicles Volume 1 First Edition Design Publishing September 10, 2014 - Meriwether Ball - Puller Chronicles is the first volume of Meriwether Ball's book series. She reveals the heroic ancestral faith and the mysteries and secrets within the life and family of Lt.Gen Lewis B. Puller - the greatest U.S. Marine who ever lived. Founder: President/CEO atCorps Stories, Inc. May 2002 - Present (12 years 6 months) By founding CorpsStories - nonprofit advocacy journalism of Marines and their supporters - a voice has been given to the positive and unsung efforts of the ordinary US Marine, and their supporters. Aside from the ongoing mission, Meriwether directs and coordinates the organization's financial and budget activities, confers with board members to discuss issues, resolve problems and delivers speeches. Editor atCorps Stories, Inc. May 2002 - Present (12 years 6 months) Meriwether writes columns, editorials, commentaries, or reviews that interpret events or offer opinions. She analyzes and interprets news, current issues, personal experiences, and reports and writes news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events. Journalist: Correspondent: The Virginian Pilot, Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Athol Daily News 1999 - 2006 (7 years) US Navy Reserve Journalist, Petty Officer 3rd Class 1999 - 2001 (2 years) Education Texas Tech University Mathematics, 1982 - 1984 Eastern New Mexico University Mechanical Engineering, 1981 - 1982 Montgomery Blair High School View Guest page
Meriwether Ball, Author of the: Puller Chronicles Advocate Journalist:, Founder & CEO of Corps Stories,Inc - nonprofit online USMC news 2002 - Present USNR veteran, 1999-2001 Newspaper reporter 1998-2005 Lives in, VA Originally from Wash,D.C. area. View Guest page
Dr. Mary Bartlett
Dr. Bartlett is a licensed professional counselor, and an independent Behavioral Health Consultant on resilience, risk reduction, and suicide prevention. She has a distinguished work history with the Department of Defense and travels to lecture and provide support services to military and family members across the spectrum of Department of Defense agencies. She has served on the Air Force Resilience Working Group, the Army National Guard Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention Task Force, and presently, serves DoD leadership on suicide and resilience related matters, working closely with the Air Force and Air National Guard. View Guest page
Bauer knows firsthand what it is like to face the challenges of disability. As a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Bauer lost a leg from a hand grenade during an ambush while serving in the Ninth Combat Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969. View Guest page
PGA Vice President Patriot Golf Day
A member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America since 1992, Biata volunteered his time to the Central New York section of the PGA in every official capacity since 1996 as a Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and most recently Honorary President. His duties as the Vice President of Patriot Golf Day include acting as a liaison between the PGA of America and the Folds of Honor Foundation to assist the 28,000 PGA/LPGA members in growing public awareness of Patriot Golf Day. His main objective is to inform golfers nationwide that Patriot Golf Day, although initially developed as a Labor Day initiative, it is quickly becoming a year round event where courses can individually design their own model of how best to support the foundation’s mission. Biata is a two-time CNYPGA Golf Professional of the Year (2005 & 2010) and has also been the recipient of seven other special recognition awards. He was named one of Golf Digest’s Top 400 Instructors in the U.S as well as one of GOLF Magazine’s Top Ten Teachers in New York. In 1999, Biata co-founded the CNY Junior Golf Foundation for the greater Syracuse area benefiting inner-city youth, coordinated one of the most successful Clubs-4-Kids programs in upstate New York and served as the Director of Instruction for the 2004 Syracuse Tiger Woods Festival. Originally from upstate New York, Biata relocated to Owasso in August, 2011 with his wife, Laurel and son, Michael. View Guest page
Jerry and his wife formed the National Addiction Therapy & Research Association or NATRA Inc. a Maryland 501C3 Corporation in early 2003 to offer a new path for recovery through conflict resolution. He has for the past 5 years been helping veterans to resolve anxiety based traumas and stress; including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with great success. View Guest page
Sally Blair is known as one of the most resourceful and resilient caregivers out there. Since her husband's invisible injuries surfaced (moderate-severe PTSD, mild TBI) she has worked as her husband's full time caregiver and advocate. With each new experience, she works to help other caregivers with everyday trials and challengers. View Guest page
Corporal Chris Bowers
Chris deployed with his unit to Iraq in 2007 and was injured during combat operations near Haditha in Al Anbar Province. Chris was hospitalized for two years and was not able to walk. Two years after his injury, Chris’ leg was amputated below his knee. Months after his amputation Chris learned to walk again and now lives a full and active life. View Guest page
Deborah Bradbard joined Blue Star Families as the Deputy Director of Research and Policy in October 2012. She received her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University where she also completed clinical training in marriage and family therapy. She also served as Director of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Victim and Witness Assistance Program. Dr. Bradbard has contributed to a variety of research projects, outreach materials, and national panels providing subject matter expertise on military mental health issues including PTSD, military sexual trauma, suicide, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury. View Guest page
I am a financial planner who felt a moral obligation to do something about the growing problem of homelessness for our returning Veterans. Coming from a military family and being an Air Force brat throughout the 60's and 70's I was able to recognize early on the differences in returning Veterans from that era and the Veterans today. I understand the transition from military life to civilian life and the survival process both from the perspective of a child, teenager and as an adult. I created Cardboard Concepts in 2010 as a way to bring awareness to homelessness using cardboard just as our homeless do to ask for money, work or help. The goal is to assist in the process of eradication of homelessness for Veterans.
Teaming up with Chris Cole, who once worked with me in finance and is now a retired Disabled Veteran, we created America's Homeless Veterans as National Advocates to Advancement of Homeless Veterans. The goals of this organization include attaining and sustaining affordable housing for Veterans and bringing medical services to our homeless Veterans using a tele-medicine vehicle now under design and assembly. This vehicle brings the exam room to the urban environment. With the recent discovery of the 120 day backlog at the VA hospital congress has authorized medical cards to all Veterans that can be used at any service provider. We propose to fill that void and work to keep our Veterans healthy whether on the street, a shelter or home by bring essential medical services to them. View Guest page
Ms. Sonya Broadway
Ms. Broadway now works as a Veteran Service Officer in Brazoria County, Texas. She is married to Deputy Daniel Broadway of the Brazoria County Sheriffs Office and they have several children. She is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and she serves as a female Commander of a Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter in the State of Texas View Guest page
Bruce was the founder and director of a substance abuse treatment program in Fresno, Calif., He served as a Fresno County supervisor for eight years. He was a member of the California State Legislature and chairman of its Health Committee for 10 years. He served as associate dean of the Medical School at the University of California San Francisco and was a senior vice president of the Birch and Davis Health Management Corp. In the year 2000, he co-founded Trilogy Integrated Resources which lead to the development of the Network of Care View Guest page
Dr. Craig J. Bryan
Dr. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is currently the Associate Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. He was Chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service and the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for Lackland AFB. Dr. Bryan deployed to Iraq in 2009, where he served as the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. He currently researches suicidal behaviors, suicide prevention, and psychological resiliency. He chaired the American Association of Suicidology’s Primary Care Task Force to develop training curriculum for primary care medical providers in the assessment and management of suicidal patients, and is a consultant to the Department of Defense for psychological health promotion and suicide prevention. He has dozens of publications in the areas of suicide and military mental health. Dr. Bryan was recognized by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement. View Guest page
Captain Wendy Buckingham
Captain Wendy Buckingham is currently a Federal employee in Washington, D.C. and a reserve USAF JAG officer. She practices labor and employment law in both her civilian and reserve capacities. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 with a double major in English and Computer Applications. She attended Notre Dame on a full scholarship from the USAF ROTC program. While at Notre Dame, she participated in USAF ROTC and accepted an educational delay onto active duty to attend law school. In 2007, Wendy graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School and entered the Air Force as an active duty JAG officer. Wendy served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 2008 to 2012, with a tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq. On August 21, 2009, she was combat wounded in an IED blast in Baghdad where her right tibia was shattered below the knee. She spent eight months recovering from her injuries and returned to active duty in March 2010. She received the Purple Heart, Air Force Combat Action Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her service in Iraq. Wendy currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, USAF Lt Col William "Buck" Buckingham and their two energetic French Bulldog puppies, Chloe and Maximus. View Guest page
Ms. Wendy Buckingham is currently an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. and a reserve USAF JAG officer. She practices labor and employment law in both her civilian and reserve capacities. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 with a double major in English and Computer Applications. She attended Notre Dame on a full scholarship from the USAF ROTC program. While at Notre Dame, she participated in USAF ROTC and accepted an educational delay onto active duty to attend law school. In 2007, Wendy graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School and entered the Air Force as an active duty JAG officer. Wendy served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 2008 to 2012, with a tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq. On August 21, 2009, she was combat wounded in an IED blast in Baghdad where her right tibia was shattered below the knee. She spent eight months recovering from her injuries and returned to active duty in March 2010. She received the Purple Heart, Air Force Combat Action Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her service in Iraq. Wendy currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, USAF Lt Col William "Buck" Buckingham and their two energetic French Bulldog puppies, Chloe and Maximus. View Guest page
Brandon Bunch: I was an infantry man in the US marine corps from 2000-2004. I served two tours in Iraq, the first in the invasion in 2003 with kilo company 3rd battalion 5th marines. The second I served as a combat replacement with weapons company 2nd battalion 2nd marines in 2004. I didn't struggle with effects of combat in my opinion until the summer of 2010, one year after my wife delivered our still born daughter. I had been diagnosed with PTSD at the time of discharge from the marines in 2004 but I hadn't allowed it to affect me until then. Little did I know that summer of 2010 my struggle with PTSD would turn my world upside down. I noticed since that time when I focus on something bigger then myself, serving others, great things happen. The last few years i have been focusing on being an entrepreneur and serving our American Heroes. EBV Texas A&M View Guest page
Rick Collins British veteran, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360 who is focused on reducing veteran suicide levels through a program of engagement, education, employment and healing. View Guest page
Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine
Justin is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps with 16 years of active and reserve service. He volunteered for his deployment to Iraq in 2006, excited to lead other Marines and help rebuild that war-torn part of the world. While on a routine combat patrol, an enemy sniper shot Justin in the head, causing catastrophic damage, destroying his jaws and much of his face. Thanks to the heroic efforts of a young Navy Corpsman, and his own warrior spirit, Justin is still alive today. Since his injury,Justin has continued to lead from the front and serve as a role model to other Wounded Warriors. Justin's personal awards include the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. View Guest page
Dr. Harry Croft
Dr. Harry Croft, PTSD can be a heavy load to carry. Harry Croft, M.D. has diagnosed and treated over 7,000 combat veterans with PTSD, and is a foremost authority on the effects of combat PTSD on the warrior, veteran, and family members. PTSD is not well understood by everyone, and Dr. Croft frequently speaks to medical professionals on how to diagnose, treat, and manage PTSD. View Guest page
Originally from Springfield, MO, Tara's journey with the military began in 1998 when she and her husband PCS'd (Permanent Change of Station) to their first duty station, Ft Hood. She is married to her husband, MAJ Kevin Crooks (US ARMY), and has two beautiful little girls, Wrena & Chloe. Prior to becoming a talk show host and speaker Tara had a successful career in retail. After receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources, Tara worked as a human resource Specialist. Tara left the traditional workforce in 2001 with the arrival of their first daughter and the team’s decision to make military life a career. Tara began working online in several different areas of entrepreneurship and through a series of unlikely events found her “niche”. Army Wife Talk Radio was born on a whim, during her husband’s first deployment in 2005. View Guest page
Since 1999 Ted Daywalt has been president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored VetJobs (www.vetjobs.com), the premier military employment site on the Internet. From 1971 to 1978 he served on active duty in the Navy as a line officer and intelligence officer, then transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with 28 years of service. Ted has held executive positions in the steel, electric utility, importing, chemical and recruiting industries. Ted is an in demand speaker and is regularly cited and interviewed in the press, including USA Today, 60 Minutes, Military Times, PBS, NPR, CNN, and FOX News. Ted testifies regularly before Congress on veterans and economic issues. Ted is recognized as the leading subject matter expert regarding veteran employment issues. Ted earned a BS from Florida State University (1971); an MA, International Relations, University of Southern California (1977); and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University (1980). View Guest page
Tracy Della Vecchia
I started this web site because I couldn't find ONE place to find all the news I wanted to learn about the Marine Corps, about the recent deployment to Kuwait and Iraq, about the other Marine Moms and Marine Dads that had the same emotions I did. So this site was born on Tuesday, January 21, 2003. The response has been tremendous. There are thousands of other parents out there feeling the same emotions and we're all trying to define them. Connecting with each other helps. Sharing helps. This is a place to connect & share. View Guest page
Founder, President of Operations
Brett runs the day-to-day activities including fundraising, program management, marketing, budget management and community relationship cultivation. Brett has served many charitable groups in the effort of raising awareness for the veteran community. He was a Board of Director for the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma, which provides free or low cost mental health services to both veterans and their families as well as a member of the Coordinating Council of 211 Oklahoma, which provides information and referral services to those in crises and in every day needs of human services. Brett is currently a Board of Director for the Aaron Alley Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides students of Woodward High School with scholarships in Aaron’s name. Although he never served in the military, Brett has always had a passion for supporting the men and women who sacrifice their lives for his freedom. He feels it is important to convey to the active duty and veteran communities, that there are millions of non serving, patriotic Americans that proudly stand behind them. Through his passion and business experience, he strives to cultivate events and activities that are not only a fun and healing experiences for our veterans but also a fun and educational experiences for our sponsor, supporters and volunteers. View Guest page
Founder, President of Operations
Brett runs the day-to-day activities including fundraising, program management, marketing, budget management and community relationship cultivation. Brett has served many charitable groups in the effort of raising awareness for the veteran community. He was a Board of Director for the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma, which provides free or low cost mental health services to both veterans and their families as well as a member of the Coordinating Council of 211 Oklahoma, which provides information and referral services to those in crises and in every day needs of human services. Brett is currently a Board of Director for the Aaron Alley Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides students of Woodward High School with scholarships in Aaron’s name. Although he never served in the military, Brett has always had a passion for supporting the men and women who sacrifice their lives for his freedom. He feels it is important to convey to the active duty and veteran communities, that there are millions of non serving, patriotic Americans that proudly stand behind them. Through his passion and business experience, he strives to cultivate events and activities that are not only a fun and healing experiences for our veterans but also a fun and educational experiences for our sponsor, supporters and volunteers. Brett has been married to his wife, Tracy, since 2006 and currently resides in Edmond, OK. His brother-in-law, Lt. Brett Eckert, is a currently serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. View Guest page
Vivienne Gardner Edwards
Vivienne Gardner Edwards, (Author) I grew up in England just west of London, and went to school in Oxford. After my marriage I moved to the USA with my husband and two daughters. I have lived in Michigan and Minnesota and currently live in Oregon. While in Minnesota, I began homeschooling my daughters and started a state-wide homeschooling network. I wrote a number of articles on home education, coached parents and spoke at conferences. Then, after moving to Oregon I became a speaker on Domestic Abuse. After getting a divorce, I shared a house with a woman whom I discovered was a heavy drug user. During those years I lived with the chaos of a drug user in the house View Guest page
At 17 years of age, Daniel joined the Marine Corps Infantry in 2004. After two deployments and four faithful years of service his time was fulfilled but he extended for a third deployment to Iraq. Upon return Daniel and Doc were roommates together in Manhattan but soon the duo was broken up as Daniel extended a second time for a 4th deployment to Afghanistan. Daniel now resides back in Manhattan NY and is enrolled for film at Hunter College. View Guest page
Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, Fahim Fazli came to the United States as a refugee in his teens. He enjoyed a privileged childhood until the Russians invaded Afghanistan. As a young adult he supported the resistance and when he and his remaining family saw the opportunity they fled to Pakistan and then eventually to the United States. Forced to support his family Fahim was not able to pursue his passion, acting until many years later. Having the good fortune to meet someone from a local production company who mentioned his resemblance to Andy Garcia and also asked if he was interested in going to a casting call, he got his big break. It had been years since he had given any serious thought to acting, but he got the job. Fahim currently lives in Orange CountyCalifornia and has continued working in television and movies. Fahim's memoir, Fahim Speaks, was released in 2012. More recently, Fahim had a small speaking role in Ben Affleck's movie "Argo," which received five Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for "Best Picture." View Guest page
Christopher Fitzpatrick was born in Clearwater, Florida. The last 6 years of his career have been dedicated to “Helping Heroes Afford Life”. As a co-founder of VeteransPlus, Christopher quickly realized the importance of financial education for our nation’s defenders- before they deployed and after they have returned home. Prior to VeteransPlus He earned a full scholarship to the University of Louisville. During his time in Louisville, Kentucky he was named a collegiate national spokesperson for the collegiate Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D), his first stint with non-profits. Mr. Fitzpatrick has been in the finance and marketing industries for nearly 17 years. His experience in the finance arena for profit and non-profit companies has provided the foundation to be a leader in financial education with individuals, while helping other organizations who serve our nations heroes see the benefit. Currently, he serves as Co-founder and Deputy Director of VeteransPlus and the Yellow Ribbon Registry Network (YRRN). His background in marketing and expertise in networking has positioned VeteransPlus to nurture relationships with America’s top non-profits in the Veteran community and brand the name of VeteransPlus and the Yellow Ribbon Network across the United Sates. Mr. Fitzpatrick has been active in community organizations in Florida, New York, Texas and California. Mr. Fitzpatrick has a wife of 17 years, 2 children (17 and 14) and coach’s high school football in Clearwater, Florida View Guest page
Peter J. Forbes
The Director for The Veterans of the Vietnam War & The Veterans Coalition U.S. National Commander AU National Commander View Guest page
Roy Foster, Executive Director, began his effort with Don Reed US Air Force (deceased 2004) with the development of a non-profit agency called Faith* Hope* Love* Charity, Inc. 1994, and opened the doors of Stand Down House in May 2000 to provide emergency/transitional housing and supportive services for veterans struggling with addictions, mental health issues, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and physical limitations. Since the opening of Stand Down House more than 2000 veterans have received supportive services. In 2013, Stand Down House provided 8,719 emergency housing nights for 102 male veterans; 95% of veterans returned to employment; 96% maintained sobriety; and 100% had saved for independent living and permanent housing. In September 2009, Roy Foster saw the need to expand its services to include a community-based outreach program through establishing First Stop Veterans’ Resource Center, serving veterans and their families that are homeless or in the at risk population for homelessness or other risk factors. This program offer veterans permanent housing support services and emergency financial assistance. In 2013 over 800 veterans and their families received services through this expanded initiative. Mr. Foster has received numerous honors from community organizations. He was named Advocate of the Year by Broward County Board of Commissioners, the Intergovernmental Affairs of Professional Standards and the Broward County Advisory Board for Individuals with Disabilities; The Julius E. Williams Community Service Award presented by the National NAACP; the Jefferson Award for Public Service by Scripps & NEWS Channel 5, Soaring Award -Wishing Well, Inc. (MD), Bank of America Local Hero, Proclamation from PBC Board of Commissioners and Proclamation from the City of West Palm Beach. Mr. Foster was a 2009 CNN Hero. In addition, Mr. Foster was honored at Palm Beach State College with an Award for outstanding community organization; Riverside Bank as the Hometown Hero; Veteran of the Year by The American Health Association and one of the pioneers in establishing Palm Beach County Veteran’s Court Docket. Roy is an honorably discharged Army (SGT – E5) veteran and served during the Vietnam Era. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for over 18+ years, after being in his addiction for over 15 years. He later went on to work in the Palm Beach County jail substance abuse program for 8 years. In addition, he worked with Abiding Heart Ministry and Faith Farms Ministry in their homeless/substance abuse programs. View Guest page
President of the Florida Chapter of WIIS
She is a strategic planner and works on issues in the Middle East and South and Central Asia as an associate for Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH). Ms. Frumin focuses on stability and countering violent extremism. As an independent consultant, Amy designed and executed trainings for U.S. military and civilian personnel preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. Training topics included understanding the underlying causes of conflict, the Afghan Government structures, and the role of civilians on the battlefield. Prior to working as a consultant, Amy was an international affairs fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations where she wrote and commented on the international humanitarian relief regime, Afghanistan, and the efficacy the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s work in unstable environments. Ms. Frumin returned from Panjshir, Afghanistan in 2007 where she was the USAID representative to the Provincial Reconstruction Team. As one of three civilians on this mostly U.S. Air Force team, Ms. Frumin managed the USAID portfolio and offered the development perspective to project discussions with the military and the Department of State. Prior to working in Afghanistan, Ms. Frumin covered Latin America for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). From 2000-2001, Ms. Frumin worked as a political affairs officer in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations Mission in Kosovo. Amy also worked for UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Operations. Additionally, she has been published by and worked for several think tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United Nations Association for the USA, and the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. Amy founded Women in International Security (WIIS) Chapter in Florida in 2014 View Guest page
Gretchen Nealy Haney
Gretchen Nealy Haney Gretchen moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 2000, shortly after she began her career working in the support services. Gretchen volunteered her time with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) which led to a full time career with the ADA. Years later Gretchen was asked to manage the Family Program Position providing support and outreach for Alaska Air National Guard and continued working in the Military Member and Family Support Services for over 8 years at the Headquarters Level. Gretchen brought change and created a working relationship between the military services and the community allowing a partnership and transition for military and family members. She has also assisted in the creation of Memorandum of Understandings, policy letters and guidance and excelled in unit and leadership training for the air and army guard locally and nationally, in addition to providing services to the Air/Army/Marine and Navy Reserve. Gretchen’s community outreach created recognition of issues surrounding victims of sexual assault and the National Guard. As the Program Manager for the Transition Assistance for the military, Gretchen helped in providing a link and resources for the Alaska Brain Injury Network from 2007-2008. View Guest page
Ellen Haring is a senior fellow with Women in International Security where she directs the Combat Integration Initiative project. Her research and work focuses on women and gender in the military. She is a West Point Graduate and a colonel in the US Army reserves. Haring has been a guest speaker on numerous foreign and domestic news shows including: BBC Radio, CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, and Voice of America. She guest lectures at universities and has been invited to address members of Congress. View Guest page
Jim Holbrook is a clinical professor of law at the University of Utah where he teaches negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam where he fought in combat in 1969 as an artillery NCO in the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. As part of what he calls his “karmic journey,” he taught mediation in India in 2007 and 2010. In 2009, he spent three months in Baghdad managing his law school’s project, which provided legal assistance to the government and judiciary of Iraq. His writings about war and killing have been published in: War Sketches and Reports from Baghdad View Guest page
Randi Jensen is a licensed mental health and certified chemical dependency counselor with a private counseling practice in Seattle, WA, where she specializes in the treatment of suicidality. She originated the Jensen Suicide Prevention Peer Protocol(c) (the JSP3 (c)) and has written a book ("Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide"). She is also a contributing author with a chapter on “Military Suicidality” in the 2012 book “Trauma and its Wake”. As Director of The Soldiers Project Washington, she treats post-traumatic stress, sexual trauma, moral injury and suicidality. View Guest page
Gary Johnson served in communications operations and intelligence in the Air Force from 1975-1980. Upon discharge from active duty, he entered the fire service. He retired in 2012, as Chief of the Marysville Fire Department with over 31 years of service, serving as Assistant Chief from 1987-2000. He received numerous awards and citations at the local, state and national levels during his career. Gary also served as a flight paramedic, in addition to his fire department duties, from 1985-1990. management topics. Gary serves as adjunct faculty in the Public Safety Management program for Franklin University, and has designed courses in public safety and business management for that institution. He also currently serves as an instructor in Fire Science Technology at Central Ohio Technical College. Gary has been involved with several veterans organizations and projects prior to joining Resurrecting Lives Foundation upon his retirement from the Fire Department in 2012. View Guest page
Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine
Through his journey of courage, injury, resilience and triumph, Justin demonstrates that we are all stronger than we think we are. His personal story of recovery and success is a testament to the power of the human spirit, and the message he shares applies to all members of the audience. All will leave inspired to attack any difficulties in their own lives, and will search out opportunities to excel at work and at home. View Guest page
Sgt. Mark Kalinowski
Sgt. Mark Kalinowski: USMC veteran, served from 2003-2014 Married to Mandee, two children. Lives in Parma, OH Graduated from Valley Forge High, Parma, OH Graduated from Cuyahoga Comm. College Electrician with IBEW Local 38, Cleveland. While in USMC, served with 3/25 during repeated deployments, including 2005, and survived Haditha (HAD-DIKE-KA)Hospital Ambush, 7 May 2005. View Guest page
Founder of Harbor Site Foundation
He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp 1997-2001 Upon leaving the Marines he worked as an information security contractor for the Army in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Returning stateside in 2003 he began working as a uniformed officer for the US Dept of State Diplomatic Security Service. He took a leave of absence from 2005-2006 where he was working as a contractor in Afghanistan on a communications project in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly after his return back at the Department of State he was hired on as a police officer for Port Authority Police Department. In late 2010 a fellow police officer and former Marine who had served two tours in Iraq took his own life. This prompted some of the veterans on our job to begin to ask some important questions that many returning veterans ask themselves: Where is the support network for police officers returning from hazardous duty tours in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan? Due to the strict requirements in their line of work, Will a police officer who sustained the "invisible" injuries of combat such as post traumatic stress and Traumatic Brain Injury be placing their job in jeopardy in order to seek assistance? Where is the transition assistance for a soldier, sailor or Marine returning from combat to getting back to patrol on the streets here in the US? These are questions that many police departments in the United States have yet to address. Joseph Kauper, Police Officer Mike Stoia and Jersey City Police officer Collin Congleton (all former Marines) started the Harbor Site Foundation to bring these issues to light and remove the stigma that goes hand in hand with these diagnoses'. View Guest page
Robin Kelleher currently serves as President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors®, the organization she co-founded in 2006. Robin's entrepreneurship, leadership, and passion has led this highly successful once grassroots effort to national heights, significantly impacting the wounded and fallen communities. Robin is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the organization, providing budgetary and mission-focused guidance to the growing staff of Hope For The Warriors®. She works directly with the board of directors and plays a key role in developing the board, ensuring the future of the organization. She maintains complete oversight of all operations.
Robin is a member of the Women's Association of Northern Virginia and sits on the Military Family and Veterans Service Organizations of America (MFVSOA) board of directors and is a mentor with Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®. Robin has worked extensively with military families, caring for family units during multiple deployments as the wife of a Marine. Additionally, her experiences as the daughter and granddaughter of United States Soldiers (dating back to World War II) have given her a unique insight into the needs of our service members and their families. This perspective has allowed Robin to develop key programs specifically designed to restore the family unit.
Previously, Robin founded and operated two successful for-profit businesses and one nonprofit organization. She holds a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Randolph Macon College and successfully completed the Executive Leadership course at Duke University in 2012. Robin resides in Northern Virginia with her family. View Guest page
Steve Killeen (Edward Killeen's son)
THE HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN 1ST EXTRA, on its Sunday December 7, 1941 front page read: WAR! OAHU BOMBED BY JAPANESE PLANES. Seventy years later, the platinum anniversary was about to begin. Five thousand veterans, relatives, dignitaries and citizens made their way to the harbor where it all began. Some survivors had not attended an anniversary service before. Both time and ability spurred these 80- to 90-year-old survivors to attend. From all across the United States the survivors made their way to the place it all started. Just as the sun began to light Pearl Harbor, Military Order of the Purple Heart National Commander Bill Hutton, Ladies National President Barb Cherone, National Safety Officer Harry Smart and National Historian James Klug arrived. Nearly 125 of the Greatest Generations survivors were there. Wearing white pants and aloha shirts, the survivors told their stories, had pictures taken and listened to expressions of appreciation. All remembered the wave after wave of 350 Japanese planes that streamed through the clouds. Eight battleships, six cruisers and 29 destroyers were targeted by the Japanese airplanes. The destruction to the Pacific fleet and military installations on Oahu was crippling.
Seventy years later, MOPH officers greeted every survivor they could, expressing gratitude and respect for their service and sacrifice on that fateful day. The mixture of sorrow and relief for having survived was on the face of each survivor. Yes, there were smiles, because they had survived this nation's fiercest attack. Most of these survivors went on to fight for four years in the Pacific to bring defeat to the Japanese and victory to the United States of America. History's account of the 7:55 a.m. attack on Pearl Harbor is still being written. Those that perished that morning probably never knew what hit them. But, this nation banded together like never before, so that their loss would not be in vain. View Guest page
Matt “Doc” King
Enlisting in 2003, Doc served as a Combat Medic with 1/9 Cavalry Scouts in Ramadi, Iraq 2004-2005. Leaving the Army at Sergeant, Doc worked at the Medina Police Department in Washington State until resigning due to increasing PTSD symptoms. He currently lives in Venice, California with his service dog-in-training, Bear. View Guest page
Major Zachary Z. Kinney USAF, Retired
Zachary Z. Kinney, Sr., is a retired US Air Force Major who served on active duty with the United States Air Force from 1 May 1984 to 1 May 2004. While on active duty, Major Kinney served as a JAG Officer/military lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corp. Major Kinney served as a base level prosecutor and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in charge of the magistrates court at Dover AFB Delaware, and he taught law at the United States Special Investigation's Academy at Andrews AFB, Maryland. From September 1996-2000 Major Kinney served as an Air Force tort lawyer. He also served as an Area Defense Counsel (ADC) which is equivalent to a public defender in the military. Major Kinney is married and has three sons. He is a decorated veteran who has written several books, law review and newspaper articles on criminal law and procedure. Major Kinney also served as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at Everest College in Arlington, Virginia following his retirement from the United States Air Force. Currently he is assisting veterans who have concerns about their discharge certificates. Major Kinney has also been helping the DC Veteran Affairs Office establish a veterans criminal court in Washington, DC. As a final matter, Major Kinney is the Judge Advocate General for, and a Colonel in, the District of Columbia Defense Force,,. The Major at present is a contract instructor for the US Department of State's International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell, New Mexico where he teaches Transnational Organized Crime. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, in political science.and, his Juris Doctor/Law Degree from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC. Major Kinney also completed all of his Master Degree graduate course work at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. View Guest page
Scott Kmiec serves as the PGA of America’s first Senior Director responsible for overseeing the PGA’s charitable foundation. Kmiec oversees the programming, funding and strategic direction of PGA REACH and its three key pillars; YOUTH, MILITARY, and DIVERSITY/INCLUSION. Kmiec is a PGA of America “lifer” having spent 19 years with the PGA of America’s New Jersey Section prior to transitioning into his current role. His career as a collegiate intern with the New Jersey PGA in January of 1995. He quickly ascended to the role of Executive Director and was responsible for the operations of the Section activities including the NJPGA’s successful Tournament program–Junior Tour–and Employment/Club Relations activities. During his tenure, the New Jersey Section enjoyed significant growth in membership, sponsorship, and community engagement, the highlight being the creation of the NJPGA’s charitable arm, the NJ Golf Foundation. Under Kmiec’s management, the NJ Golf Foundation became a respected leader in the New Jersey golf community providing outreach programs for introduction to the sport for youth, women, and military veterans. The NJGF’s signature “Golf in Schools” initiative had grown to over 150 schools and 100,000 youth under his leadership and expanded the reach of the sport to locations across the state. The NJGF also partnered with Plainfield Country Club on a successful educational initiative called “The Path to College program,” which provided underserved families with scholarships, SAT preparation, college visits and counseling for their children to attain higher education. In 2012, the New Jersey PGA was honored by the PGA of America with the “Herb Graffis” award, which is presented annually to a PGA Section for its efforts in Player Development. Similarly the efforts put forth by Kmiec and his long-tenured team led the NJPGA to be announced as the most recent recipient of the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Distinguished Service award. View Guest page
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a clinical psychiatrist and a pioneer in the research of traumatic stress. His innovative work integrates brain science, attachment research and mind/body medicine techniques to understand and treat trauma. His brain imaging studies on trauma’s impact on childhood development and the effects of therapies such as yoga, neurfeedo¬back, EMDR (eye movement desensi¬tization and reprocessing), theater and movement on traumatic stress have impacted the care and treatment of victims all over the world. • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University Medical School • Founder and medical director, Trauma Center , Brookline, MA • Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) View Guest page
Chaplain (Major) Kenneth Koon, USAR
Chaplain (Major) Kenneth Koon, USAR also serves as the Executive Director of Armed Forces Mission. Chaplain Koon earned his BA from North Georgia College, M.Div from Southeastern Seminary, and D.Min in Counseling from Master’s Divinity School and completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Georgia Baptist Hospital (now Atlanta Medical Center). Chaplain Koon is a certified Ethics trainer through the Center of Army Professional Ethics at West Point and a registered trainer of Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training. In his role as Executive Director Chaplain Koon serves as the primary training instructor and provides first response intervention for those at risk. View Guest page
Linda Kreter, President and CEO. Ms. Kreter is the former founder (1994) and CEO of Pharmaceutical Research Plus, Inc.; creating the niche market of accelerating patient recruitment for clinical trials. With a combination of unique software and exceptional call center physican/study coordinator customer support, PRP cut over 25 years from clinical drug development time. After the sale of PRP and upon leaving the company in 2004, her focus shifted to providing innovative software solutions to improve health and wellness education, and communication support for children and military families. With the integrated divisions of WiseHealth, Linda has brought a user-driven, inventive approach to essential high-tech, high-touch platforms that extend the reach of family programs. Most recently, Linda has focused on vital proactive Caregiver Peer Support and responsive follow-through via VeteranCaregiver, connecting service and veteran families with agency and community programs. With direct support of Veteran and Wounded Warrior families, Linda is recognized as a subject matter expert for military/veteran Caregiving and regularly speaks and promotes peer-to-peer support and crucial two-way communication for families of the injured, ill, and/or wounded. An additional by-product of VeteranCaregiver's peer network has been noteworthy success in Suicide Prevention. By recognizing and spreading awareness of the precursors of suicide (family history, anxiety, depression, financial and emotional strain and risky behaviors), hundreds of Veterans have been guided to needed clinical help. In the last year alone, 20 Veteran and 3 Caregiver suicides have been averted. VeteranCaregiver works closely with the VA Crisis Line, and a continually growing number of DoD and VA resources. She earned her degree in biology from Smith College. View Guest page
Sergeant Major Jim Kuiken, Retired
Sergeant Major Jim Kuiken, Retired. Jim is a highly decorated, combat wounded United States Marine who served in peacetime and in multiple wars, on active duty and in the reserves for a total of 30 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major. Jim also had a distinguished and highly successful career in law enforcement and public service, serving on the front lines on our southern border and in Los Angeles working on gangs, international fugitives, organized crime, and counter-terrorism. View Guest page
Dr. Maria Llorente
Dr. Llorente has had the privilege of working for the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1995 and has been the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the Washington DC VA Medical Center since August 1, 2010.
Dr. Llorente was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States as an infant. She completed her M.D. Degree at the J. Hillis Miller College of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and her psychiatry residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.
She is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in general psychiatry and has added certification in geriatric psychiatry. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and has been named among Best Doctors in America since 2001.
She is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has participated in numerous research studies including potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, examining models of mental health services delivery for geriatric patients, screening for substance use disorders among older adults and the long term impact of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. View Guest page
Mr. Jared Lyon, A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Lyon served as a submariner and Navy diver, taking part in multiple deployments around the world in support of the global war on terrorism. As national program manager for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), Lyon manages, coordinates and administers the EBV and EBV-Families (EBV-F) national programs. In addition, he administers the EBV-Technical Assistance Program (EBV-TAP) on behalf of the institute. View Guest page
September 24, 2008 was a day that changed Steve Martin’s life forever. A military policeman and Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer, Steve was in Afghanistan on a work assignment when the unthinkable happened – the Humvee he was riding in was ambushed and hit by an improvised explosive device. He was thrown from the vehicle, but has no memory of the event or what happened after that. View Guest page
Sharon Murphy Mattia
Sharon Murphy Mattia was born and raised in Charles County, MD. Mrs. Mattia began her State career in July 1984 when she joined the small staff at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home as the Assistant to the Commandant. In the over 30 years at Charlotte Hall she has been an integral part in the operation and expansion of the Home, watching it grow from 4 residents and 20 staff, to the current occupancy of 417 residents and over 400 employees. Mrs. Mattia’s dedication to the Home and its residents culminated in June, 2008, when she accepted the position of Director, Veterans Home Program, serving as the Contract Manager for the State of Maryland Veterans Home Operations. The day-to-day operation of the Home is the responsibility of the contractor, HMR of Maryland. As Director, she is responsible for monitoring the operation of facility to ensure contract compliance with Federal, State and local regulations and to provide oversight of resident care, fiscal management and support services. Mrs. Mattia represents the MD Department of Veterans Affairs in contacts with Federal, State and local elected officials. She is responsible for preparing and administering the Home’s annual operating budget and capital improvement projects. She serves as the on-site advocate for residents and responds to inquires by residents, family and elected officials. • Member Tri-County Veterans Advisory Council • Member National Association of State Veterans Home • Certified Licensed Assisted Living Manger, State of Maryland • Certified Dementia Care Practitioner Mrs. Mattia enjoys the daily contact with the veterans and is dedicated to leading Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in achieving an even higher standard of excellence for Maryland’s only State Veterans Home. View Guest page
Russ McBride SOVB President Born in Coos Bay, Oregon 1947 and raised in a small community, Greenacres. He has two sisters and lived in a log cabin with his mother. Graduated from Marshfield High School and in 1966 joined the United State Marine Corp. He spent 4 years in the Military, serving two years in Vietnam, first tour was from 9/66 to 10/67, He was with the Military Police and worked in a interrogation prison camp guarding North Vietnam Navy personal and several suspected Viet Cong. Second tour,01/68 to 09/68 he was with Ground forces in Vietnam. After being discharged he worked in the lumber industry for a few years and went to college. Left the lumber industry several times because of shut downs and work several minimum wage jobs. Last job was working for Work source Oregon Employment Department as a Veterans Representative for 14 years helping veterans with employment issues and locate resources they need for benefits and now he's retired and 100 % disabled. View Guest page
Mrs. Mingo received her Bachelor's of Art in International Studies at Mount Vernon University in 1994 and Masters in Social Work at Howard University in 2008, both located in Washington DC. While getting her Master’s degree, she was awarded two fellowships: National Institute of Health Clinical Center in their HIV Research department and the Bill and Camille Cosby fellowship to conduct a research study. She also served as a Board member with the Mental Health Association of DC for two years from 2008 – 2010. She has served as a Field Liaison/Supervisor to Masters of Social Work students while at the DCVAMC. Mrs. Mingo has travelled to Africa, India and Europe assisting in the creation of life skills workshops for youth in ghetto’s and townships. Mrs. Mingo feels her greatest accomplishment so far is being married with two beautiful children; Azaria age 8 and Musa age (soon to be 3). View Guest page
A native Granite Stater, Michael Moffett has taught history and management courses on the high school, community college, and university levels. Moffett also served on active duty with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment from 1983-85. He returned to active duty in 1990 as commanding officer for the Marine Reserve Detachment out of Topsham, Maine, later designated as A-Company of the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. Captain Moffett led these Marines to the Persian Gulf where they were attached to the 1st Marine Division for Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait. LtCol Moffett again returned to active duty after the 9/11 attacks, serving on General Tommy Franks’ Operations Staff at Central Command. LtCol Moffett later served as Director of the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program’s (MECEP) Prep School from 2003-2008. He joined Marine Corps University’s History Division in 2008, where he co-authored a monograph on the history of the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center with Major General Orlo Steele (USMC, retired). In January 2010, LtCol Moffett received one-year orders to serve as a field historian in Afghanistan. After retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2011, Professor Moffett returned to Concord, N.H., where he teaches at the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI-Concord). View Guest page
Vince Moffitt, our Region 6 Field Operations Manager. Most recently, Vince served as our Incident Commander during our operations in Oklahoma. View Guest page
Daniel, the founder and President, is a veteran. He was in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantryman. When he came home he was not the same person. He was irritable, angry, and distant. He was told by his family that there was something wrong but he ignored them thinking that they just didn't understand. Finally his wife convinced him to go to the VA hospital and get checked out. They diagnosed him with PTSD and gave him a prescription they said would help. Daniel took this medication for a short time and then stopped because he didn't like the way it made him feel. Around this same time he found one of his best friends, a German Shepherd named Homer. Daniel started spending time with Homer training him and discovered that this helped him keep his PTSD symptoms under control. He loved training his dog so much that he started attending a dog training academy to become a trainer. It was here that the idea of starting an organization that helps veterans by using dogs began taking form.. View Guest page
Colonel Jack Mosher
Colonel Jack Mosher serves as the Chief of Staff of the Maine National Guard. He is Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare and Nuclear Target Analysis qualified, while holding Masters Degrees in both Educational Leadership and International Strategic Studies. Colonel Mosher’s awards include The Legion of Merit, (2) Bronze Star Medals for Valor and Service, (3) Meritorious Service Medals, (8) Army Commendation Medals (3) Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Honorable Orders of Saint Maurice and Saint Barbara. View Guest page
Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, Amber began working in a long-term substance abuse clinic for women and their children. From there she began working in the childcare field where she began as an Assistant Director and worked her way through each company to become the Executive Director and began opening centers throughout the state of Oklahoma. After gaining experience in this field, she began working in Family Law for the State of Oklahoma in the Child Support Division. During which time she began doing a lot of volunteer and nonprofit work. She soon realized her passion was with nonprofit and began seeking employment full time in that field. In April 2012, a tornado hit her hometown of Woodward, OK and she dove into being a part of the recovery process by joining the long term recovery team. She took an opportunity to work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a Fundraising Coordinator. During which time the tornado hit the Oklahoma City metro and she found herself engulfed in the recovery process once again. It was through these times, she gained the majority of her non-profit experience and began “Oklahoma Strong”. While employed with MDA, she was introduced to Warriors for Freedom Foundation and began volunteering and assisting with grant writing with them until she started full time in January of 2014 View Guest page
Vet2Tech CEO and President, Carol Multack was stunned by the unemployment statistics of the veteran population, especially Post 9/11 veterans and felt compelled to find a pragmatic solution to the problem. Diligent market research led her to an industry where a desperate need for skilled workers exists. The manufacturing industry faces a nationwide shortage of skilled workers.
As U.S. manufacturing begins rebuilding, veterans can play a critical role in bridging the gap. Veterans are well trained for careers in electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering, welding, assembly, machining, electrical installation/repair, HVAC, technical support, information technology and logistics to name just a few. These careers offer veterans the opportunity to become an integral part of the solution of reestablishing a strong foundation for U.S. manufacturing. Helping veterans establish themselves in the civilian workforce after serving in the Armed Forces is a joint effort between Vet2Tech, manufacturing and service associations, and veteran outreach programs nationwide.
Ms. Multack is an active participant in national and local veteran hiring initiatives such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces, Illinois Joining Forces, and the national Get Skills to Work coalition.
Ms. Multack received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University, and received an internship nomination for the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. View Guest page
Ken Norton is the Executive Director of NAMI NH, the National Alliance On Mental Illness where he led the development of the CONNECT Suicide Prevention Program. CONNECT is designated as a National Best Practice and has been lauded for its work with the military in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Ken serves on the Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and on the National Action Alliance For Suicide Prevention Military and Veterans Task Force. He has presented nationally and internationally and has also provided numerous trainings, briefings and served on committees for the Department of Defense and Defense Centers on Excellence. Ken worked extensively in community mental health, and as a mental health advocate. He has served as a foster parent and has experience with mental illness from the family perspective and is an active volunteer in his community. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, with over 30 years of experience, the NH Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named Ken their “Social Worker of the Year” in 2009. Ken enjoys spending time with his family and being in the great outdoors. View Guest page
Andrew O’Brien, 24, grew up a shy, quiet boy in large family of seven brothers and sisters in a suburb of Dallas. After his father left the family, his brother Lee became a father figure. “He always sat back and watched,” Lee O’Brien remembered. “He was always the observer.” Both boys, separated by about two years, got in their fair share of trouble as youngsters, and Andrew said his brother Lee joined the Army to “man up” and walk a straighter line. Andrew knew he wanted to follow his brother’s footsteps after he visited him at Fort Bragg and saw the tight bond among the soldiers. “My brother explained to me, when you deploy you become like this very tight- knit family,” Andrew O’Brien said. Andrew O’Brien was 19 when he joined the Army in 2007 at the height of the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq. View Guest page
Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.
Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D. is a nationally known authority in the field of traumatic stress and PTSD. She serves the comprehensive needs of severely traumatized patients and families, particularly those impacted by military service, sexual assault, and critical burns. The unique nature of Rev. Dr. Parker's service to others is shaped by her unusual breadth of expertise, gained in the course of almost 40 years of work with thousands of individuals in her various roles as (l) clinical chaplain, (2) pastoral counselor and psychotherapist, (3) allied medical services professional, (4) director of non-profit organizations serving the traumatized, (5) lawyer and forensic expert and (6) author, academic professor and lecturer. In 2007, her work expanded to embrace additional functions as a military trainer, consulting expert and provider of specialized services under contract to the Department of the Army. Her services to over 5000 personnel in both the civilian and military sectors have been rendered throughout United States and in Iraqi Combat Theater of operations, where she served US forces in 2010 at the specific invitational orders of the Office of the CENTCOM Commanding General (now Army Chief of Staff) Raymond T. Odierno. View Guest page
Caleb Perkins: Completed 8 years in special operations. Deployed 6 times knelt on a pressure plate IED in Afghanistan and was medically retired from the US army. Currently, the CEO/president of Shadow Trade Tactical we provide tactical and defense training as well as creating custom sniper weapon systems. EBV Texas A&M View Guest page
John Elliott Pickens III
John Pickens has devoted his entire adult life to serving his fellow Veterans. From 1970 – 1973 he served as an Army combat medic with the U.S. Army Special Forces and the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1974 John began working for the U.S. Veterans Administration and enrolled at the University of South Florida where he helped form a student Veterans organization. After graduating from USF in 1979 John progressed to positions of increased responsibilities within the VA. In 1994 John was selected as Special Assistant to the Director for the Lake City VA Medical Center. At Lake City he represented VA in the community as the Vice President of the County Senior Services Association, and as a board member for the County School Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. In 1998, John was selected as the Public Affairs Officer for the newly formed North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System. From this position, John established Chamber of Commerce memberships for all North Florida/South Georgia VA facilities in their respective communities, founded a Public Affairs Council, and implemented annual briefings for every congressional district in the catchment area. In 2004, John was selected as the Department of Veterans Affairs Network Communications Manager for VISN8, the largest of 22 VA Networks with responsibilities for VA assets in Florida, Southern Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Here John established a Public Affairs Work Group, and implemented web communications. Working with congressional offices throughout the Network he helped establish congressional forums and veteran advisory boards that would allow veterans and their families to meet face to face with VA leadership and their congressional representatives to address veteran issues and concerns. John retired from federal service on January 31, 2010 and on February 1, 2010; he became the Executive Director of VeteransPlus, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit financial education organization. View Guest page
Major Ed Pulido
Pulido began working with The United Way of Central Oklahoma, and became the vice president of Community Investment and Research. He also served as Community Counseling Center Market and Public Relations director, as Early Head Start Community Partnership coordinator, and as Father Outreach coordinator and Therapeutic Nursery Program administrator. He was involved in providing counseling services for victims of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing and was the United Way staff chair on the Coordinating Resource Committee following the May 3, 1999, tornadoes in Oklahoma City. “We're here to make a difference,” said Pulido. “We want people to see how important it is to invest in our veterans." Major Pulido isn’t bashful to lift his left pant leg to show off a $52,000 titanium leg, which allows him to water ski, snow ski and run 100 meters in 20 seconds. The prosthesis, designed by Hanger prosthetics and Orthotics, permits him to walk with a normal gait. A computer programmed device constantly monitors pressure on his foot and adjusts a hydraulic cylinder inside to provide stability and safety. In retrospect, he mulls over his thoughts and feelings about the whole experience. "For me it wasn't scary; it was more of a challenge. Honestly, it was my will to do my job just like firemen or policemen. I'm adamant about the fact that we just do our job. To take the fire hose away from the fireman just wouldn't sound right. I was a trained soldier, so for me, I never had any qualms about it. And I think you'd find that from a lot of members that are serving; they miss their families. We all do, but we know there is a mission to be accomplished. For me specifically it was September 11. I believe peace was thrown out the window on that day. I don't care whether it's Afghanistan, Iraq, whatever. I don't want our service members there any more than anyone else, but it's a bad place in the world.” View Guest page
Dr. Dee Rajska
Dr. Dee Rajska is a clinical and rehabilitation psychologist. The focus of her clinical practice is on treatment of trauma. She has worked with survivors of childhood abuse, physical and sexual assaults, serious motor vehicle accidents, as well as workplace injuries and assaults. Her professional activities in her private practice are focused on treating service-related trauma in veterans, currently serving members of the Canadian Forces, as well as law enforcement professionals and first responders. She believes that those who have put their lives on the line to serve their country or community deserve to be treated with the utmost compassion, dignity, respect, and gratitude. Serving those who have served includes striving to continually educate herself to provide the very best possible care to my patients. In addition to her clinical work, she also writes Coming Back Home, a blog about PTSD for veterans, currently serving members of the military and their families. The goal of the blog is to provide easy-to-understand information about the biology behind PTSD, as well as to provide support to those with service-related PTSD and their families. You can find the blog at: http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/comingbackhome/ View Guest page
Michael Robirds served in Vietnam with Division’s 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment. While on patrol, his convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber, and he took injuries. In October 2005, Michael medically retired from the U.S. Army and returned home to start life as a civilian again. One of his first jobs included a sales position with 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc., a role in which he developed an effective sales strategy and soon earned recognition as a top-performing representative. He eventually left the company to pursue a better opportunity in the merchant services industry, helping businesses manage their transaction payments, credit card processing, online ordering, and similar operations. Michael's incredible work ethic and strong people skills led to his advancement at a private firm to the position of general manager.
Michael went on to work with call center operator Purple Heart Services, leading sales operations and sales training and encouraging revenue growth. In 2009, Michael and his longtime friend launched their own merchant services company, Securus Payments. Within the last year and a half, they have transformed Securus Payments into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with more than 65 on-site employees and over 80 sales representatives serving clients in the United States, Canada, and, not far in the future, Mexico. View Guest page
MaryEllen Salzano, Founder and Facilitator California Statewide Collaborative for our Military and Families Proud Parent of (Former) Cpl.. Salzano,USMC View Guest page
Judy Isaacson Schaffer
Judy founded Heroes to Heroes in March 2010 in tribute to her father, a World War II veteran, as a way to honor the service of all veterans, especially those with extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Judy is the Northeast Regional Manager at Regional Reps, a firm representing more than 1,000 small and medium market radio stations throughout the country. In this position Judy works with advertising agencies throughout the northeast to help their clients reach customers in difficult to reach areas throughout the United States. Judy also has experience on Wall Street as a Financial Advisor and in online media.
Judy’s previous experience in the non-profit world includes the Bergan County Women’s Political Caucus (Co-chair), Teaneck Township (NJ) Financial Advisory Board, Wounded Warrior Project, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey – Women’s Business & Professionals and Congregation Beth Aaron (Executive Board Member). View Guest page
Program Manager of Women In International Security
She develops and manages programs which address global issues related to women, peace, and security. Stedman also works to expand WIIS' global network of leaders and enhance professional development programs within the peace and security sector. Prior to joining WIIS, she worked at the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as a legal assistant. Stedman also worked for the United States Institute of Peace where she developed gender programming to ensure the full participation of women in conflict and post-conflict societies. In this role, Stedman partnered with civil society organizations to develop capacity building programs focused on the economic and political empowerment of women in conflict-affected countries. More specifically, she worked extensively on the development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and helped facilitate the U.S. Civil Society Working Group. Stedman holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Law from Utrecht University and a BA in Criminology and Law from Marquette University. Her research interests include sexual and gender-based violence in conflict settings, the role of women in peace building, transitional justice and security issues, and counter-terrorism initiatives. View Guest page
Stoga started Puppies Behind Bars in 1997, combining two of her lifelong passions: dogs and philanthropy. Prominent in charity circles Stoga was a member of a city commission helping inner teens find employment when her sister mailed her a newspaper clipping. The article described an Ohio penitentiary where prisoners reared pups for the visually impaired. Stoga knew she had found her calling. But there was a problem: Every guide dog school in New York that Stoga contacted wanted their puppies brought up in loving families not by convicts in a cell block. "The schools thought it was a stupid idea," Stoga recalls. She was undeterred. Stoga teamed five canines the schools had passed over with ten inmates at a maximum security women's prison upstate. After 18 months with their incarcerated owners, the pups were retested by the schools and two became working guide dogs. "Here were people written off by society, raising puppies written off as guide dogs," Stoga says. "And they succeeded." View Guest page
Philip Wayne Strambler
Philip Strambler, a Viet Nam era Marine Corps officer, founded the In Honor of Our Troops (IHOOT) Foundation in January of 2002 in Washington, DC. He was the Director of Marketing and Commercial Activities in the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate of Walter Reed Army Medical Center for over 15 years. IHOOT’s very popular Vacations for Vets Program provides rest, recuperation and therapeutic healing for service men, women, wounded warriors and veterans. The foundation is proud to have provided free accommodations for over 3,400 military and veteran families to help them reconnect and reestablish healthy family relationships, especially following war and long deployments. All of the resorts in the Vacations for Vets inventory are four and five star rated condominiums or villas generously provided to IHOOT by owners of Wyndham, Worldmark, Shell, Holiday Inn and Lawrence Welk Vacation Clubs timeshares worldwide. Hilton Grand Vacations Clubs also participated in the early years of the program. Strambler retired and became IHOOT’s Chief Executive Officer when the Walter Reed Washington, DC campus closed and realigned at Bethesda, Maryland. Active duty and Veterans of any era with proof of honorable service are eligible to apply for Vacations for Vets online at www.ihoot.org. IHOOT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under IRS Code. View Guest page
Wendy Tatro-Walker is the Respite Program Director with Wounded Warriors Family Support. She has been both a Professional and Personal Caregiver for over 25 years and comes from strong military family which gives her a unique understanding of both dynamics. She began working with Caregivers after suffering some health issues of her own as the result of full time Caregiving and has been a staunch supporter since. The WWFS has provided a real opportunity to reach out to Wounded Veteran Families in order to help educate them on good caregiving habits, set up a support base for the Caregiver, as well as working with other organizations to provide Respite for those Caregivers in need. View Guest page
Mr. John Trujillo was raised in the Southwest living in New Mexico and Arizona before moving to Northern Virginia. August of 2001 he transferred as a DoD civilian empolyee from AZ to the Pentagon Renovation Program. That September when the Pentagon was attacked he was part of the network team that helped restore communications in the Pentagon. Mr. Trujillo was the lead engineer on Command Communications Survivability Program (CCSP) a Post 9/11 Pentagon Program that mitigated many of the identified communications vulnerabilities within the Pentagon and the National Capital Region. He was the Lead engineer on the highly successful two year program Command Communications Survivability Program (CCSP) ensuring success from cradle to grave. During this time he received the David Packard Excellence in acquisition Award, Commander's Award for Civilian Service for Command Emergency 9/11 Technical Response Team, Commander's Award for Civilian Service for Command Communications Survivability Program (CCSP), and DoD Group Achievement Award for Support of Pentagon 9/11 Recovery and Rebuilding 9/11 efforts. In 2006 Mr. Trujillo accepted the position as the HQDA CIO/G-6 Special Access Program (SAP) DAA. He has been a member of the Pentagon Area CIO Counsel (PACC) from 2002- Present. After seven years of being with the CIO/G-6 he has transformed the branch into the AONS-AOA DAA/COOP/Security Division where he is the Division Chief. In 2008 he founded Warrior Transition a 501(c) 3 with the goal of helping Veterans of all eras to start their own businesses. Warrior Transition is based out of Virginia and works with Veterans from all over the US. Warrior Transition is a member of the Veteran Service Organizations counsil at the Pentagon. View Guest page
Agostino von Hassell
He studied history at Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude in 1974, and attended Columbia Journalism School, graduating in 1975. He has taught as adjunct professor in the graduate program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, teaching members of the New York City Police Department in subjects such as counter-terrorism and leadership. CareerEdit Hassell has written extensively on military and war history for publications such as The Marine Corps Gazette, Die Zeit (Germany), Naval Proceedings, Defense News, and The Navy Times, among others. He is the author of Warriors: The United States Marine Corps and Strike Force: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations, as well as In Honor of America and, together with Herm Dillon, West Point: The Bicentennial Book. In November 2006 St. Martin’s Press in New York released Alliance of Enemies: Hassell has contributed sections to the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. He co-authored (with W. McDonald and M.R. Haberfeld) a chapter in Comparative Policing The Struggle for Democratization, titled International Cooperation in Policing: A Partial Answer to the Query? In 2007 coauthored and presented (with M.R. Haberfeld) an article titled Proper Proactive Training to Terrorist Presence and Operations in Friendly Urban Environments, at the NATO Counter-Terrorism Conference in Washington, D.C. subsequently published by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program. He is a life member of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, the National Defense Industrial Association, the OSS Society, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Authors Guild. Hassell is president of The Repton Group, a New York City–based intelligence gathering and consulting organization. View Guest page
Tom Voss, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veteran, and Anthony Anderson, OIF Veteran and Director of Operations for Dryhootch of America 2700 Mile Walk for PTSD Awareness, Anderson and Voss "Walk from Milwaukee Wisc. to Los Angeles, 2700 Miles" www.dryhootch.org View Guest page
Founder of Lifehealth, Edward White, has over twenty years experience in media. He is a graduate of Bolton St. College and University College Dublin and began his career by working for Whittaker Health Care in Saudi Arabia. Gaining experience on a number of medical health-care projects, he worked as director of audio-visual training with MODA Saudi Ministry of Defense and Aviation. In 1990 Edward returned to Ireland to study Journalism and launched IT-Times. Since then he has specialized in public relations and documentary film-making. Having witnessed first-hand the devastating impact suicide has had on families and friends his career has shifted focus. Edward has over twenty-five years of business management, marketing and sales experience. His extensive background includes P&L responsibility, sales management, marketing management, production management, facility management and personnel responsibilities. He is currently working closely with ex-military personnel and several senior advisors on Lifehealth's CallApp project. View Guest page
Mr. Jeremy Williams, a decorated United States Marine, combat veteran, and survivor of three tours of duty in the War in Iraq is the Principal & Managing Partner of Hashmark Strategies, LLC™ an emerging leader in developing and cultivating corporate leadership in both the profit and non-profit sectors.Some of his previous projects include: the Houston/Harris County Veterans Behavioral Initiative, where he led and implemented effective implementation strategies in a multifaceted, multilevel government collaboration. View Guest page
Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During her deployment to Iraq, Williams was at the forefront of troops’ interaction with Iraqis while also navigating the challenges of being part of the 15% of the Army that is female. Kayla is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military. She regularly speaks and writes about military and veterans’ issues for numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Slate. View Guest page
Mark H. Woods
Founder & CEO
Mark grew up in Memphis, TN and joined the Navy in 1987. Quickly making his way up the ranks, he went from Enlisted to Officer in 1997. A 21 year military veteran, he retired in 2008. Mark served on five US Navy Ships, completed six major deployments, and a year and a half forward deployed. He had direct or indirect contributions on numerous operations abroad. Being inspired as the assistant coordinator for the Garth Brooks Concert televised on CBS in 2001 and feeling the need to do more to support his fellow brothers and sisters in the field, he created OPERATION TROOP AID. After producing a few shows and getting a few events under his belt, he incorporated OTA as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) in 2005.
Mark has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist university and a Masters Degree in Operations Management from The University of Arkansas. View Guest page
WIIS (Women In International SecurityWomen In International Security)
March 31, 2015
Hosted by Gary Ray
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Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.
American Heroes Network
Tuesday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition.
American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes.
This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.
"Gary Ray's" background includes hosting / co-hosting radio talk shows for more than 15 years on a number of subjects. His background also includes more than 19 years in the Insurance industry, nine years as an Internet Marketer and consultant. Gary is co-founder and co-developer and involved in the implementation of the Worldwide Racing Network. For seven years he worked closely with NASCAR and Turner Sports Interactive with the NASCAR Touring series.
"Gary Ray" joined Armed Forces Radio Network in 2008 as the Public Relations Director and provided Marketing and radio interviews. In February 2011 he was promoted to President. In September 2012 he resigned his position to continue his passion on the next level.
Gary continues helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. He believes by working together, our military men and women who return home are heroes to their families and communities. His resources provide a lifeline of aid and support not only for our veterans but also the families of our fallen heroes.
"Gary Ray" is developing one of the most powerful Radio Networks in the country called "American Heroes Network" powered by VoiceAmerica. You will hear firsthand the personal accounts of heroes whose unselfish actions have contributed to the traditions and values that represent the soul of America.