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Sun 1/15/2023

Combat Control Foundation

2023-01-15T18:09:04-07:00January 15th, 2023|

Combat Control Foundation founding members Mike Lamonica and Mike West join us to discuss some of our military’s most highly trained warriors. The motto of Combat Controllers is “First There” and is derived from World War II when Pathfinders were inserted in advance of other troops in order to provide weather information and visual guidance for inbound aircraft. Today’s Combat Control personnel are trained in air traffic control, Joint Terminal Attack Control, parachuting, explosives and combat diving. Their qualification course [...]

Tue 11/29/2022

Forever Young Veterans – Diane Hight

2022-11-29T08:41:29-07:00November 29th, 2022|

Diane Hight didn’t know why her father had become an alcoholic. It wasn’t until much later in life she realized that he was suffering silently from his experiences in World War II. This discovery and her abiding respect for the generation that fought in WWII and Korea led her to found Forever Young Veterans. “They are a generation that has never asked for anything. I thought at the very least I could grant some special wishes for them.”  Since 2006 [...]

Wed 11/16/2022

Fisher House CEO Ken Fisher

2022-11-16T09:34:20-07:00November 16th, 2022|

Fisher House Chairman & CEO Ken Fisher is carrying on the wonderful program first created by his great uncle Zachary Fisher.  To date, the Fisher House has provided support to over 430,000 military and Veteran families in the form of free lodging and travel. Neither Ken nor Zachary served in the military. But when Zach heard the USS Intrepid was going to be scrapped he led an initiative to have the ship preserved and converted to a museum that hosts [...]

Tue 11/8/2022

Transition – Havok Journal Editor Scott Faith

2022-11-08T12:01:08-07:00November 8th, 2022|

The transition from military to civilian life is the principle focus of our regular Havok Journal update with Editor Scott Faith.  The transition can be more difficult for some than it is for others. Scott himself is retiring from the Army soon after 28 years in service. Several articles on the topic have been published on Havok Journal and we discuss highlights of each. “Observations of a Transitioning Officer – Time to Go” by Josh McKaskill “A Green Beret Leaves [...]

Sun 8/7/2022

Valor Club – Michael McDowell

2022-08-07T15:34:01-07:00August 7th, 2022|

Valor Club is an innovative master planned community specifically designed for transitioning Veterans. The development will be built on 200 acres five miles southeast of San Antonio. At full build out, the $330 million dollar community will include 1,400 residential units on a campus also featuring various support amenities and services. This community will be the first of its kind on this scale. Michael McDowell is the President  & CEO of Valor Club and a Marine Veteran with multiple combat [...]

Tue 6/14/2022

Sentinels of Freedom – Mike Conklin

2022-06-14T20:08:28-07:00June 14th, 2022|

Sentinels of Freedom began as a way of honoring young people choosing to join the military out of high school.   Following the 9/11 attacks, Mike Conklin and his group realized that some of these young people would be coming home severely injured and would likely need extra help.  Their first “Sentinel” had been run over by a tank. Mike’s group arranged for a donated four year apartment lease, a car, furniture and everything he would need to start his life [...]

Tue 5/24/2022

Folds of Honor – Col. James “Nick” Nichols

2022-05-25T08:41:41-07:00May 24th, 2022|

Folds of Honor Executive Vice President of Operations and Relationships Col. James “Nick” Nichols joins us to share their story and how all of us can support this honorable cause. Folds of Honor provides scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. To date they have granted 35,000 scholarships with an educational impact in excess of $160 million. The idea for Folds of Honor came to Founder Lt. Col. Dan Rooney through an experience on an [...]

Mon 5/16/2022

Carry The Load – Stephen Holley

2022-05-17T08:58:32-07:00May 16th, 2022|

Carry the Load co-founders Stephen Holley and Clint Bruce are both Navy SEAL Veterans. The idea for their initiative was born out of anger and frustration, feeling that Americans  were drifting away from the original purpose of Memorial Day.  On Memorial Day 2010 Clint decided to undergo physical pain as an emotional purge. He loaded his pack with one pound for every comrade he had lost. During that walk he encountered a WWII Veteran who asked him; “Who are you [...]

Sun 4/24/2022

Pin-Ups for Vets – Gina Elise

2022-04-24T09:47:52-07:00April 24th, 2022|

Pin-Ups for Vets founder Gina Elise began to hear news stories about Iraq war Veterans needing medical care and she wanted to do something creative to help. Her grandfather served in WWII and Gina had always been a fan of that era’s pin-up art.  So in 2006 she decided to create a classy, 1940’s style pin-up calendar to raise money for Veterans. After donating $5,000 in proceeds from the first calendar to a local Veteran’s hospital, she began to get [...]

Tue 3/22/2022

American Warrior Garage – Scott Jones

2022-03-22T15:34:46-07:00March 22nd, 2022|

American Warrior Garage was inspired by a chance encounter in a department store parking lot. Scott Jones and his friend Vince Gibson had been restoring cars together for about 20 years. One day they noticed a Veteran who had lost both legs to an IED blast “wheeling around” Vince’s 1969 El Camino. A conversation about classic cars ensued with the Veteran saying  “Man, I’d like to be able to drive one of those.”   Both Scott and Vince are Navy Veterans [...]

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