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
Buried under the fallen twin towers on 911 Fireman Joe Torrillo had little hope of rescue. Why one man runs in when others run out embodies the spirit of first responders and warfighters. Joes bone chilling story brings 911 alive on this the 14th anniversary of the day America changed forever.
Danielle Green-Byrd was born and raised on Chicago's South Side. She earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Notre Dame where she graduated in 1999 with a degree in psychology. After graduation, she spent two years as a teacher at the Chicago International Charter School. Danielle left her teaching job to follow the call of a childhood dream--to serve her country in the Army.
In 2002, at the age of 25, Danielle enlisted into the United States Army as an E4. Her military occupation was a military police. Her unit deployed to Iraq in January of 2004. On May 25, 2004, Danielle was pulling security on a rooftop in Baghdad when a rocket propelled grenade hit her dominate left arm causing immediate amputation. Danielle also sustained other injuries.
Since 2010, Danielle Green has worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs-Readjustment Counseling Services, first as a Readjustment Counselor at the Vet Center located in Orland Park, IL then in 2013; she accepted a position as Supervisory Readjustment Counseling Therapist at the Vet Center located in South Bend, IN. Danielle leads a small team of three clinicians and one office manager who she provides clinical supervision and guidance. In addition, she manages the overall business operations of the Vet Center. Danielle second duty but most important involves providing readjustment counseling services to returning combat veterans, veterans who report military sexual trauma and their family members.
Two explosions, missing legs, and a lifetime of scars won’t prevent Marine Corps Sergeant Matt Amos, the founder and CEO of Admiral’s Pennant, from completing the next mission. “Honor, courage, and commitment,” core values he lived while on active duty remain as he transitions to civilian life. A unique opportunity occurred when Matt joined the Sportsman Channel’s TV show Chili Off the Grid. Medically retired from the Marines, Matt grew what has become known in military circles as a “freedom beard.” But he experienced a few problems. A friend on the show recommended beard oil, something Matt didn’t know existed. Every product on the market irritated his sensitive skin and he set out to find a blend that met his personal needs. After months of extensive research and experimentation, Matt developed an all-natural blend Wanting to pay tribute to the military and to separate his product from the hipster and outlaw crowds, he chose the name Admiral’s Pennant, a name Melville gave to an impressive beard.
But Matt looks at his business as more than an entrepreneurial journey. Studies claim twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide. Much of the depression stems from the failure to transition back into civilian society. Missing is the camaraderie of the battlefield and serving a cause in which each has the other’s back. Some veterans have trouble finding jobs and might see alcohol or drugs as an escape. Matt envisions Admiral’s Pennant as a company helping in the transition by providing jobs in manufacturing, sales, shipping, and marketing. It will be a workplace where men and women can openly discuss their service while decompressing in a veteran-friendly environment.
Admiral's Pennant is on its way to becoming a business success story and Matt Amos continues to live his life honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.
Sit down strap in and hang on for the ride of your life... Chief of all the Irreverant Warriors Donny O'Malley talks about his outreach to stem the tide of veterans suicides.
The mission is highlighted by Warfigters stripping down to their green silkies and running from city to city in America to drum up awareness. A newly minted media celebrity Donny approaches his brothers and sisters with dark humor and unconditional love.
Veterans Advocate Lester Able is far from silent as he and his dedicated band of brothers go toe to toe with State and Federal officials in insuring Veteran's rights,needs and benefits are recognized. A tireless proponant it is not unusual to find Mr Able on the steps of Capitol Hill or on the phone in the middle of the night easing the pain of a Veteran in need. VETERANS FIRST Ohio
Producer, Actor, Comedian and RAPPER... no wonder there are no jobs in Hollywood...the mega talented and versatile Brett Hunt has them all. Also a died in the wool Patriot Brett is always front and ceter to entertain the troops.
JEFF SENOUR – CTS Founder / Songwriter / Lead Vocals / Guitar
A true renaissance man, Jeff is an airline/movie film pilot, husband, father, professional singer/songwriter, and bandleader. Jeff’s Hollywood aerial film credits include some of the biggest movie hits of our time: True Lies, Executive Decision, Hot Shots, Space Cowboys, and Silence of the Lambs.
His love of music began early with the rock & roll classics of the 60’s & 70’s. Picking up a guitar at the age of 8, Jeff now writes & records his original compositions with the band he formed in 2002, CTS (Consider The Source).
Like fellow band members, Jeff has performed since high school, bringing a wide breadth of musical influences to their recordings, including the Beatles, Hendrix, Bon Jovi, Green Day, and Matchbox 20.
Jeff's passion for life radiates through every song he writes based on his “music mantra,” which has remained consistent since he first started writing: “No downhearted tunes, just good old Rock & Roll for the soul!”
Just three months in to his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack.
After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway did what many disabled veterans do, becoming withdrawn, out of shape and depressed. The former fitness fanatic and hyper competitive athlete was now drinking, smoking and sleeping his days away. But late one night, Galloway took a long look in the mirror and realized there was more to him than the injuries. And he set a goal to get back in shape, be healthier and inspire others.
Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker, Galloway doesn’t take excuses from his clients, fans and followers – and finds ways to get things done. He continues to compete, participating in adventure races around the country, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races.
Most recently, Galloway took third place in ABC’s hit series, Dancing with the Stars, following his appearance on the November cover of Men’s Health Magazine, as he was named the publication’s 2014 Ultimate Guy. He’s also been a guest on numerous national talk shows including Ellen, The Today Show and Good Morning America.
Jim Gray has an exceptional story having been the sportscaster to break THE Pete Rose story (interview! He is currently with Showtime, Fox, and Westwood One radio network. He has previously worked as a reporter withESPN NBC Sports and CBS Sports and did commentary for the 2008 Olympics for NBC.
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry is currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. with duties as a liaison officer for the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition—Northwest Region, providing oversight to wounded warriors, ill and injured service members and their families. In September 1999, Petry enlisted in the United States Army from his hometown in New Mexico, something he wanted to do since he was 7-years-old. Petry then volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment because of its reputable history.
After completion of One Station Unit Training, the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program – all at Fort Benning – Petry was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He served as a grenadier, squad automatic rifleman, fire team leader, squad leader, operations sergeant and a weapons squad leader. He has deployed eight times in support of overseas contingency operations with two tours to Iraq and six tours to Afghanistan.
At the time of the May 26, 2008 combat engagement, Petry was a Staff Sergeant Squad Leader assigned to Co. D, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, the Parachutist Badge and Canadian Jump Wings.He has also been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Valorous Unit Award, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.