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.
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Mast enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in May 2000 and went to become a combat engineer. In 2006, he transitioned to the active U.S. Army and became an explosive ordnance disposal technician. Mast later joined the elite 28th Ordnance Company. He served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. On September 19, 2010, while clearing a path for United States Army Rangers in Kandahar, Mast took a wrong step into an IED along the road. The explosion resulted in the amputation of both his legs and one of his fingers.
On June 8, 2015, Mast announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination United States House of Representatives in Florida's 18th congressional district. Mast faced five opponents in the August 30, 2016, primary; he won.
Elliott McKenzie is a U.S. Marine Corps Iraq War veteran turned R&B singer/songwriter. When he came home from Iraq, Elliott experienced severe PTSD, depression, and anxiety. So much so that he ended up homeless. After years of treatment, Elliott started using his abilities in music as a form of therapy for his issues and is now a successful recording artist and college graduate. His debut single entitled “Gunshots” is a powerful anthem about being a combat veteran with PTSD. His latest single called “Fight Back” is another inspiring song about fighting back against mental illness. His music has influenced and inspired people all across the world. Elliott’s debut album “Therapy Session” is set to release in 2019. To learn more about Elliott and support his music please visit www.elliottmckenzie.com
You can listen to Fight Back at the end of this interview.
Jack Scalia had the opportunity to speak to Golden Knight's Mike Elliott who had the privilege to tandem dive with President Bush. Listen to the interview on the coalition to Salute America's Heroes Show aired December 1,2018
Here at the Academy of United States Veterans, we believe in the magic of collaboration among powerful communities to create a more united, sustainable and healthy tomorrow not only for our veterans, but all Americans. Every veteran deserves to have a voice in our American community. Every single service member on active duty, in transition, or separated from the military has a right to live a meaningful and sustainable life. As veterans, we all believe in an old fashion conviction called public service. We wear our title of veteran as a badge of honor. As brothers and sisters in arms, we are called to confirm our values and our vows, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up to the legacy of those who served before us and will serve long after us.
Steele Kelly: When Sinners Like Me Come Home tells the story of a veteran whose heart and mind remained in war, long after he returned home. Steele bravely shares his personal account of denying, ignoring and finally prevailing over his demons of war. He is a US Army Veteran with more than 334 hours of dismounted combat patrols during Operation Enduring Freedom. Every veteran reading this book will find part of themselves within its pages.
David Meadows was born and raised in the mountain coal town of Wheeling, West Virginia before setting out in August 2000 to enlist in the Military and become a Navy SEAL. After serving 13 years in the Navy, Dave went to work for a fortune 500 company but soon followed a calling for acting and began studying at The Actor's Place in Hampton roads, VA.
This led to David Booking his first role in a stage play and then signing with his first agent. In recent years Dave has found himself working in LA, NYC and the SE markets appearing in TV shows as-Banshee, TURN, Mercy Street, House of Cards and Dystopia as well as the Feature films "Worth the Price" and "Imperium" Opposite Daniel Radcliffe.
In what little spare time he finds Dave enjoys teasing his Black Lab, Hemi, hanging out with his parents and two sisters and working on whatever motor powered street speed machine currently has his eye.
Major Linda Stanley served over 20 years in the military - six years in the Army and 14 years in the Air Force as a nurse. She was deployed to Balad, Iraq in 2006 with the 322 squadron as a trauma nurse. She retired in 2010 and used her Post-9/11 GI Bill to obtain a Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at USD so that she could help other veterans reintegrate back into society and cope from trauma related to their military service. She now works as a nurse practitioner at the VA specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She also speaks nationally educating mental health providers, doctors, nurses, and students about PTSD and combat stress.
Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, The BMJ, and others. She is the co-editor of the Culture and Politics of Health Care Work series at Cornell University Press.
Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans. U.S. military conflicts abroad have left nine million Americans dependent on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for medical care. Their “wounds of war” are treated by the largest hospital system in the country—one that has come under fire from critics in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in the nation’s media. The resulting public debate about the future of veterans’ health care has pitted VHA patients and their care-givers against politicians and policy-makers who believe that former military personnel would be better served by private health care providers.
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.