Today's American Veteran is presented by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes The show is hosted by Emmy nominated actor and Patriot Jack Scalia.
The Coalition supports all Veterans and is a non partisan outreach.The views expressed by our guests are their own and may not reflect those of The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
John Gallina and Dale Beatty joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1996. During their service to our nation both Gallina and Beatty had the opportunity to respond to calls from the Governor of North Carolina to help victims of Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Floyd. It was through those experiences that they gained their humanitarian passion and spirit.
They also responded to the call of duty from the President of the United States to defend our country against terrorism serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were both 25 years old at the time. www.purplehearthomesusa.org/
The Dancing Angels Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) founded by Louise Cantrell after an immense tragedy had happened to her. On March 6, 2012 her husband Edward and their two daughters Isabella and Natalia died tragically in a house fire. Edward was a Chief Warrant Officer 2 with 3rd Special Forces Group stationed at Ft. Bragg, and had just returned from his 6th deployment. Isabella was six and Natalia was four. Louise knew how much the girls loved to dance and created the foundation to honor and perpetuate their memory as well as provide hope and inspiration to other parents who have lost children.
Dancing Angels mission is to “Celebrate Life Through Dance”. We enable this by providing valuable scholarships to dancers who display immense passion for dance but may not have the financial resources to pursue it fully.
We are off to a great start - our first scholarship was awarded in 2014. Since then, we have awarded four additional scholarships including sending one young lady to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet in New York City and one to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
We believe dance is a beautiful way to celebrate life, and that every child who wants to pursue dance should be able to, regardless of financial situation. We want to help dancers across the United States pursue their dreams, and will build a network of donors, schools and other dance professionals to facilitate this.
SSG Chris Falkel was a warrior, and he was a hero. Chris was a weapons sergeant for 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 316, in August, 2005, Chris and his Special Forces team were involved in a 54 hour battle "that will live in the annals of Special Forces history."
Chris was called "Junior" by his teammates. From the time he was a very young boy, Chris knew he wanted to be in Special Forces, and he would make "weapons" out of whatever was available to him. He used to love to turn shell cartridges into all kinds of things.
Jeff Falkel - I thought about Chris' dream of making a "bullet pen" for a couple of years, and on 24 Sep 2007 – which would have been Chris' 25th birthday – Junior's Bullet Pen Company was created. So these pens are dedicated to you, my son. www.juniorsbulletpens.com/
Reese May, 27, joined the Marine Corps Reserves at 18 and turned 21 in western Iraq. After he received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2008 Reese felt moved to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. When he heard about Veterans Corps at the St. Bernard Project, he felt like it had been designed just for him.
SBP was founded in March 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney after the couple, who originally lived in Washington, D.C. volunteered in St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina, in February 2006. Inspired by residents' collective spirit and fierce desire to rebuild their homes and communities, Zack and Liz launched SBP to help the community achieve its recovery goals. With the tremendous support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, SBP has grown from a three-person volunteer team into a nationally recognized leader in disaster resilience and recovery.
Van Taylor We provide musical entertainment and performance through our bands for our active and non active members of our military civilian and state department personnel and any other agency that support our US Military and Embassy personnel . We also provide musical performances for school assemblies and music workshops to Department of Defense Schools upon request. Overseas family support organizations along with MWR, USO and any other organizations are welcomed to contact us for shows . We support cultural music projects for our US Embassies while on tour in that region. On the home front we provide shows for our Veterans to thank them for their service through VA Hospitals and Veterans Affairs. www.musiconthefrontlines.com/
South Carolina Military Museum was signed into law by then Governor David Beasley. Under the guidance of newly appointed Director Ewell G. "Buddy" Sturgis, a small staff and a host of volunteers labored tirelessly to transform two empty motor pool buildings into a museum worthy of its mission.
On February 6, 2007, the South Carolina Military Museum officially opened the doors of its first building to the public. On June 7, 2014, the second building was finally christened thereby making the Museum the largest land-based military museum in the State and one of the premiere National Guard museums in the country.
Featuring a vast array of authentic and period firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, helmets, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles, both buildings of the South Carolina Military Museum trace the evolution of the citizen-soldier from the earliest militias to their modern descendants: the South Carolina National Guard. In so doing, the Museum covers the complete military history of our State from the time British boots first touched Carolina soil to present-day operations worldwide. scmilitarymuseum.com/
Florida Military Family and Community Covenant is not another social program. It does not advocate for new programs or negate those that are already ongoing. It simply attempts to tie together the actions of the government and local communities so we, as a state, can work as a team to provide the highest level of quality support our veterans, service members and their families deserve.
Joining Jack on this very special Christmas show is Mr Pat Boone. Pat has a very special affinity for our Military and is also the head of a family that works tirelessly for people who have had a traumatic brain injury. (Shown here with his grandson Ryan who has suffered a TBI.