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Lance was canoeing near his hometown of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas in 1993, when a decision to dive into the river to retrieve his baseball cap resulted in life-changing circumstances. Lance’s head hit a submerged rock, shattering his C5 vertebrae and leaving him paralyzed. In 2011, without having tried any of the sports, Lance signed up for the Marine Corps Trials, competing amongst 200+ Marines to field a 50 man Marine team for the Warrior Games (the military's version of the Paralympics).
After success in multiple Trials & Games he was selected for the emerging shooter program with the USOC. He has completed the Challenged Athletes Foundation Million Dollar Challenge 4 times (a 620-mile bike ride from San Francisco to La Jolla, CA).
John had developed a unique set of skills thru his life, from personal adversity, to military training to traveling the world as an MMA fighter. When the opportunity came available for him to train soldiers for the US Army; John embraced this opportunity with the same passion and dedication that had helped him grow and develop to be the man he is today. John was the first civilian certified by the Army to train soldiers and has direct influence on several of the cutting-edge trainings that all soldiers go thru in the military.
As John was leaving the Army to pursue his bachelors degree he found a new phenomenon to display his inner “scrapper” it was called MMA. This adventure lasted 10 years with 68 professional MMA, boxing and kickboxing matches under his belt and 6 world titles spanning three different continents. Proving Adversity can be overcome time and time again!
he has now found a new adventure in the travel industry. It is a perfect mission for his talents and abilities that have made John successful so far, to come together and help entrepreneurs find success doing business God’s way, by giving back and never asking in return. Thru all his adventures, John has been a “Traveling Warrior”; you will not find anyone better suited to lead you on your next business adventure that provides more time, more freedom and more life. https://johnrenken.com/
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.