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Jeff has been a professional pilot at Southwest Airlines for 25 years. His previous Aviation experience involved his skills as a Screen Actors Guild aerial coordinator and film pilot with movie credits such as “True Lies”, “Executive Decision”, “Hot Shots”, “Space Cowboys” and hundreds of Military photo chase missions including the Blue Angels Canadian Snowbirds and USAF Thunderbirds. Jeff flew a specially equipped Learjet with the Nettmann Vectorivision system for 15 years, capturing some of the most stunning aerial photo shots enjoyed by many in movies and Military research and development. Jeff also was a News Helicopter Pilot for Channel 9 KTLA in Los Angeles, California for over 5 years. As a Civilian pilot, Jeff was allowed to fly next to almost every Military jet in the inventory to capture the shots. He also became a helicopter pilot and flew for Channel 9 News in Los Angeles for many years. Jeff says the music of CTS is the melodic story of his life and that we can all achieve great things in life if we try and believe in ourselves. To date Jeff has logged over 27,000 hours in the air and has fueled the inspiration of the music he writes.
The band has performed all over the country in various venues and opened for numerous National Artists. CTS performs in cities around America, it’s one of a kind show called “Freedom Rock Experience”. The concert is a multi media rock show, placing high school or college orchestras on stage for a high energy performance with up to 250 students rocking the stage with CTS. Honoring the real American Hero from Military, Police, Firefighters and Teachers, the show is designed to inspire our youth of today, to live their dreams. Jeff’s passion for making dreams become realities is evident in his life besides as a musician.
We Are Not Done Yet: Ten U.S. veterans of varied backgrounds come together at a poetry workshop to combat their traumatic military pasts through the art of written word. Grappling with PTSD, the “warrior poets” share fears, vulnerabilities, and victories that eventually culminate into a live performance at Washington D.C.’s Lansburgh Theatre. Under the direction of actor Jeffrey Wright, the warrior poets take their stories to an audience of five hundred civilians, family members and fellow warriors to tell too often hidden truths about the consequences of intimacy with war and death. The documentary weaves in and out of the lives of the veterans exposing the human stories behind their poems and their turbulent acclimation back to civilian life.
Bob Vincent is President of Reel Heroes Media in Dallas, Texas, and serves as the Communications Director for the Airpower Foundation. Bob founded the company in 2008 with a revolutionary online marketing product called VideoPilot360. Bob’s talents are rooted in his unique ability to create valuable relationships and produce high-quality productions. That skill has made him a trusted resource by some of the largest brands and entertainers across the United States, including Rascal Flatts, Gary Sinise, Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Chef Robert Irvine, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Terry Fator, with accolades from corporate giants like Disney, American Airlines, DEKA Research & Development Corporation, MGM Resorts International, and Sears.
His compelling and sensitive video productions for the Airpower Foundation, Sky Ball, American Airlines Veterans Initiatives, Snowball Express, The American Fallen Soldiers Project, The Gary Sinise Foundation, and many other organizations, have earned him praise from military family members who benefit from those philanthropies. His videos are credited for helping motivate patriotic Americans to donate millions of dollars in donations to those organizations and inspiring others to volunteer their time to help. One particular video produced by Bob was recently responsible for assisting the Independence Corps Foundation, along with inventor, and DEKA Corp. CEO, Dean Kamen, to resume production of the iBOT mobility device, making the next generation of this amazing technology available to those who need it most. Bob and his company were also proudly featured in U.S. Veterans magazine.
What if we can repair ourselves? The world of regenerative medicine is offering breakthrough treatments and hope for patients around the globe. Dr. Elliot Lander is currently involved in cutting edge translational stem cell treatment research at the California Stem Cell Treatment Center based in Rancho Mirage Ca Dr. Lander joins Jack to talk about the growth of stem cell treatment and the impact it can have on Veterans. Dr Lander is a founding member of the International Cell Surgical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education regarding the medical use of adult stem cells. Dr. Lander and his team of multispecialty experts were instrumental in bringing fat derived stem cell technology to the United States in 2010 and have pioneered several new techniques in regenerative medicine. Dr. Lander is co-founder of Cell Surgical Network, an international research network dedicated to developing cell surgical techniques studying the clinical applications of adipose derived stem cells and growth factors. Research affiliate physicians trained by the Cell Surgical Network team can be found in many U.S. cities and all around the world. The Cell Surgical Network organization oversees an online regenerative medicine database to track clinical outcomes and adverse events from stem cell treatment centers all over the globe. Dr. Lander is co-author of The Stem Cell Revolution, a popular book on regenerative medicine.
Mat Best joined the Army at the age of 17 and deployed five times to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. After leaving military service, Mat deployed to a variety of overseas locations as a contractor during his five years with the CIA. After his service he created Black Rifle Coffee Company owned and operated by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee Company is a premium small-batch, roast to order Company. At BRCC we import our high quality coffee beans from Colombia & Brazil, then we personally blend and roast every one of our ass kicking coffees and ship directly to you.
Jack talks with Ben and Chondra Brown
Brown served as an officer in Iraq, leading a platoon of soldiers, some of whom had been in the Army longer than he was alive. Brown deployed in 2004 and was in Iraq for 15 months straight--he led extremely tough missions that involved removing roadside bombs, enduring daily detonations on his vehicle and patrol. In one incident, he lost his driver after an IED exploded and his patrol came under a small arms fire ambush; in another he had to pull his squad leader out of a burning Bradley assault vehicle. His squad leader survived but he lost his leg.
After he got out of the military in 2010, Brown struggled with flashbacks and PTSD and at his lowest point was considering suicide. He credits his wife Chondra as being his “angel,” helping to pull him out of his darkest depths, building him back up and finding his “why” in his family. He has six children and is devoted to coaching his kids’ sports teams and volunteering at R. Roger Rowe, where he attended himself and his mother Barbara was a teacher for 37 years.
Now Ben and his wife run 9 Week Warrior , 9 Week Warrior is open to Everyone. There is no cost to Active Duty, Veterans, or 1st Responders. 20% of the proceeds from all purchases along with Donations go to sponsoring Active Duty, Veteran or 1st responder’s participation in 9 Week Warrior program.
SBP was founded in March 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney after the couple (now married), who originally lived in Washington, D.C., volunteered in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina. The parish, located just outside of New Orleans, was rendered 100% uninhabitable by Katrina’s floodwaters. Seeing the inefficiency and unbearably slow progress of the institutional - or “traditional” rebuilding process, but inspired by the residents' collective spirit and fierce determination to rebuild, Zack and Liz launched an organization - originally called St. Bernard Project - to help them achieve their recovery goals.
With the tremendous support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, that organization has grown from a three-person volunteer team into a national organization headquartered in New Orleans, and recognized as a leader in disaster resilience and recovery, with a mission to shrink the time between disaster and recovery.
On October 7th, 2001 just weeks after 9/11 our best and finest military men and women were deployed to defend our country under Operation Enduring Freedom.
The focus of Stride & Ride Relay’s is to honor, remember and raise awareness about the October 7th, 2001 deployment of our military men and women. Take time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, including those who lost their lives due to military PTSD and the Invisible Wounds of War and continue to support those currently serving, our veterans, first responders and never forget the the lives that perished on 9/11.
The idea for The Honor Group was founded by Mark “Coach” Soto, a retired high school football coach of 18 years. Mark has two sons that served in the military and he coached both of them in football. His youngest son after serving 9.5 years in the US Army as an Infantry Sniper, retired in 2015. His oldest son is an injured US Marine who medically retired in 2013 after 8.5 years of service.
Over their years of service, his two sons saw more than 31 months of combined combat deployments. As a result of the deployments, the family saw many military friends deploy and return changed. Many returned wounded, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) or witnessed their military brother or sister killed in action. The service men and women were forever changed, as was their families.
In 2010, as requested, Coach Soto took over a fledgling football showcase in Northern California called Battle at the Capital that was struggling and losing support. As a father and football coach wrapped up in the emotional turmoil of his boys multiple deployments, Mark saw this football event as being the perfect venue to educate students, coaches and communities about the needs of our military veterans. Since 2010, the event has changed names, grown throughout California and has morphed into one of the best high school football showcases in the nation. The anchor event is now called: The Honor Bowl.
In December 2012, The Honor Group officially became a non-profit and launched other educational programs to help educate our youth and fund raise to assist injured, ill and wounded military veterans. Nationally respected, The Honor Group has goals to expand across America.
Gordon Brown is the founder of Team Veteran LLC, and the nonprofit Team Veteran Foundation, Inc., he served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War 1972-1980. As a MM3 (E-4) he was qualified as the Chief Machinist’s Mate of the Watch (Top Watch) in the Aft Engine Room (AER) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany CVA/CV-34. As a MM2 he transferred to the carrier USS Ranger CV-61 as a Leading Petty Officer (LPO) and Top Watch for #3 Main Machinery Room.
He served in Guam in the mid 1970’s assigned to the USS Proteus AS-19 and worked with several government agencies to investigate and stop a major drug smuggling operation that was moving heroin from Thailand through the island of Guam bound for the Continental US aboard Pan Am Airways.