Military personnel

The American Legion activates national Buddy Checks to save veteran lives amid rising suicide rates, urges Congress to pass bill to help

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 2:52pm

The nation's largest veterans organizationis also urging Congress to pass the Buddy Check Bill which will make wellness checks a national priority for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • The nation's largest veterans organizationis also urging Congress to pass the Buddy Check Bill which will make wellness checks a national priority for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • The American Legion warns that veterans can be at particular risk for depression and suicide around the holidays and into the winter months.
  • "The American Legion knows from 100 years of experience that it's veteran-to-veteran contact that can make the difference for someone in a crisis situation," says James W. "Bill" Oxford, national commander of The American Legion.
  • The American Legion is also urging Congress to unanimously pass the Buddy Check Bill introduced with bi-partisan support from Sens.

Frank Larkin, Distinguished Navy Seal And Secret Service Agent Joins Boulder Crest Foundation Board Of Directors

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:00pm

BLUEMONT, Va., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Boulder Crest Foundation, a veteran-led nonprofit organization serving military combat veterans and first responders, through free, posttraumatic growth programming, announces former Navy SEAL, Secret Service Agent, and senior government executive, Frank Larkin, has joined their Board of Directors.

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  • BLUEMONT, Va., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Boulder Crest Foundation, a veteran-led nonprofit organization serving military combat veterans and first responders, through free, posttraumatic growth programming, announces former Navy SEAL, Secret Service Agent, and senior government executive, Frank Larkin, has joined their Board of Directors.
  • Frank's passion to help his fellow veterans and first responders is exactly what we look for when recruiting new board members.
  • More broadly, Boulder Crest is working to drive change across the mental health system, in pursuit of a system that is accessible, effective, and healthy.
  • For more information about Boulder Crest Foundation please visit http://bouldercrest.org .

Eyemart Express Focuses on Military Hiring and 20% Discount for Veterans Day

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 2:33pm

"We are proud to be a veteran-friendly company and we value the skills and experiences veterans bring to the optical industry," said Gianna Venturi, Eyemart Express Chief People Officer.

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  • "We are proud to be a veteran-friendly company and we value the skills and experiences veterans bring to the optical industry," said Gianna Venturi, Eyemart Express Chief People Officer.
  • "When veterans become Eyemart associates, they are trained in a trade which will lead to new opportunities and career paths within the optical industry.
  • Eyemart Express is also thanking veterans, active- and inactive duty military personnel, and their families for their service with a 20% discount on eyewear purchases.
  • Eyemart Express has continued to help relieve financial burdens for military families with an annual donation to the VFW Unmet Needs program.

Carry The Load Introduces 'Carry It Anywhere' Events for Veterans Day

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

"In a recent survey of veterans and military families, we found that when people say, 'thank you for your service', it's appreciated.

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  • "In a recent survey of veterans and military families, we found that when people say, 'thank you for your service', it's appreciated.
  • However, less often does someone follow-up with, 'how can I as a Patriot support you and your fellow servicemen and women'," says Debbie Wright, executive director of Carry The Load.
  • Participants instantly put action to their words of appreciation by making a positive impact on the lives of our nation's veterans and their families.
  • Carry The Load is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2011 by veteran U.S. Navy SEALs Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley.

VMFP Endorses Presidential Senate and House Candidates

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:13pm

Veterans and Military Families for Progress ( www.vmfp.org ) enthusiastically and proudly endorses the following candidates in the upcoming Federal Elections.

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  • Veterans and Military Families for Progress ( www.vmfp.org ) enthusiastically and proudly endorses the following candidates in the upcoming Federal Elections.
  • These candidates have demonstrated an extraordinarily strong commitment and deep understanding of the issues that affect America's veterans.
  • They have a deep personal understanding of the issues veterans and their families confront.
  • Veterans and Military Families for Progress is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, not-for-profit, tax-exempt Veterans' organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Honor and Celebrate Veterans with Pilot Company's Round-Up for Wreaths Across America and Free Breakfast for Veterans Day

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:55pm

In celebration of Veterans Day, from Nov. 9-15, the company will offer all veterans one free breakfast combo, valid at participating U.S.

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  • In celebration of Veterans Day, from Nov. 9-15, the company will offer all veterans one free breakfast combo, valid at participating U.S.
  • Pilot Company also will celebrate Veterans Day with a week-long special offer for all U.S. military veterans.
  • The Veterans Day Breakfast Combo offer is available through the Pilot Flying J app and is redeemable at participating U.S.
  • For nearby travel center locations to donate and to redeem the breakfast offer for veterans, download the Pilot Flying J app.

America Salutes You 'Guitar Legends 4' to Broadcast and Stream Benefit Concert Across Multiple Platforms During Week of Veterans Day

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 1:36pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --America Salutes You, its sponsors and charitable partners are pleased to announce that Guitar Legends 4 will be broadcast and streamed on multiple networks the week of Veterans Day (November 11, 2020).

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  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --America Salutes You, its sponsors and charitable partners are pleased to announce that Guitar Legends 4 will be broadcast and streamed on multiple networks the week of Veterans Day (November 11, 2020).
  • These artists, who are donating their time, taped their performances at various locations across the country from LA and New York, to Nashville and Miami.
  • Bob Okun, CEO of America Salutes You, said: "America Salutes You continues to assist our men and women in uniform, our veterans, our first responders, and all their families.
  • It is an honor to partner this year with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to support veterans mental wellness and suicide prevention."

Felix & Paul Studios and TIME Studios Debut Episode One of Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, the Largest Production Ever Filmed in Space

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:30am

Episode One, ADAPT, was created in collaboration with the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and other space agencies involved with the International Space Station and was filmed entirely on board the ISS using Felix & Paul Studios specialized 3D, 360-degree virtual reality Space Camera.

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  • Episode One, ADAPT, was created in collaboration with the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and other space agencies involved with the International Space Station and was filmed entirely on board the ISS using Felix & Paul Studios specialized 3D, 360-degree virtual reality Space Camera.
  • Astronauts Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques, Christina Koch and Nick Hague star as cast, film crew and narrators in the first episode of this four-part immersive series, the largest production ever filmed in space.
  • The largest production ever filmed in space, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience is an epic four-part immersive series that chronicles the life of eight astronauts on life-changing missions aboard the International Space Station.
  • Felix & Paul Studios is the only media company recognized as an Official Implementation Partner by the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

Carrington Charitable Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Classic Goes Virtual to Raise More Than $1.2 Million for Wounded Veterans

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 11:00am

Every year for the past nine years, the Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) has hosted its celebrated Annual Golf Classic benefitting CCFs Signature Programs that support post 9/11 combat wounded American Veterans.

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  • Every year for the past nine years, the Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) has hosted its celebrated Annual Golf Classic benefitting CCFs Signature Programs that support post 9/11 combat wounded American Veterans.
  • To best ensure the safety of the Veterans CCF supports, REACT: A CCF Virtual Fundraiser , took place online for the first time.
  • Since 2011, the CCF Golf Classic has raised nearly $23 million for CCFs Signature Programs, which provide diverse ongoing assistance to Veterans and their families.
  • For more information about Carrington Charitable Foundation, and the organizations and programs it supports through specific fundraising efforts, please visit: carringtoncf.org .

Air Force Aid Society Establishes an Endowed Education Grant in Honor of Former CEO

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)establishesThe General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant in honor of Lieutenant General John D. Hopper, Jr.to pay tribute to the former CEO.

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  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)establishesThe General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant in honor of Lieutenant General John D. Hopper, Jr.to pay tribute to the former CEO.
  • "Lt. Gen. Hopper's 50 years of Air Force leadership and service to our airmen and their families will be marked by this well-deserved education grant," said AFAS CEO Kaleth O. Wright, retired 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
  • He's always giving back, so this is the perfect way to honor his tradition," said Concourse Federal Group CEO and retired Air Force Major Geoff Perkins.
  • To learn more about the Air Force Aid Society, please visit www.afas.org or follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .