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
Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.
After his retirement from the Army in 2004, Allen taught high school for a year before returning to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.
In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
He is a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and regularly writes for numerous media outlets.
About the Allen West Guardian Fund
The Allen West Guardian Fund was established as a PAC to support conservative military veteran and minority Republicans running for state and federal office, in the same vein as Allen West.
About the Allen West Foundation
The primary mission of the Allen West Foundation is to educate and inspire the next generation of conservative leaders among the minority and veteran communities. In addition, the Foundation actively supports organizations such as JROTC, Young Marines and NROTC.
Boone Cutler is an author and Warfighter Rights leader that has become the first nationally recognized on-air personality who is also a Warfighter from the current war. Boone approached Fox News Radio 99.1 FM Talk with the concept of a new show that focuses on national and international events based on the Warfighter’s perspective. "Tipping Point with Boone Cutler" was born and became the weekly stage for Boone’s raw Paratrooper, no-holds-barred style, becoming a hit over the air waves and online with ‘Soccer Moms’ and his fellow Warfighters that are still deployed in combat zones worldwide. Boone’s message is simple, “America has lost faith in what they used to believe were the heroes of Hollywood, America has become disgusted with the political climate of today so the only place to turn to and trust for leadership is the Warfighter”.His book ‘Voodoo in Sadr City’ was written during his tour in Iraq in 2005 – 2006 with boots-on-the-ground and later through his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during the Neglect Scandal of 2007, where he was treated for injuries that resulted from a blast injury sustained in Iraq. In 2010, Boone founded the National Warfighter Symposium to bring attention to Warfighter issues like the alarming Warfighter Suicide and homeless rate. America currently loses at least twenty-three Warfighters to suicide everyday. His signature charity is GallantFew.org, founded by Ranger Karl Monger, because it’s where Warfighters link-up with Warfighter mentors that have successfully transitioned from a military lifestyle into the civilian world. In 2012, Boone was diagnosed with Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease secondary to a blast-injury in Iraq and is currently starting to campaign for more awareness on the issue in the Warfighter Community. Governor Sandoval appointed Boone to the Interagency Council on Veteran Affairs between 2012 - 2013 In 2014, Boone became the national spokesperson for the Warfighter Rights' Movement. Learn more at www.warfightermedia.com Boone is also a music video director and works closely with REDCON-1 Music Group. And in June 2014, "Tipping Point with Boone Cutler" made the leap to to a new 'home' station Northern Nevada's top-dog station for talk-radio KNEWS 107.3. You can join Tipping Point with Boone Cutler weekly for the Warfighter Perspective.
Adam Greenwell entered The Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in June of 2001 and was commissioned as an Officer of Marines on May 19, 2002. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2007. In 2004, Adam participated in Operation Phantom Fury, which was the battle for the city of Fallujah. Adam earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device during this campaign. Adam left active service in 2008 to answer a call to ministry.
Adam holds a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in History Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. He is an Ordained Pastor in the Vineyard USA Association of Churches and is serving as the Associate Pastor of the Billings Vineyard Church in Billings, Montana.Adam and his wife Jenna are both originally from Berthoud, CO. They currently call Montana home, along with their three daughters Emma, Ava and Leah.
He performed at Woodstock and has a career on the "Big Screen" (Rain man,Grease) and the "small screen"...(long running variety TV show with Sha Na Na). Aside from all the celebrity Jocko is a true patriot having won numerous awards for his contributions to our men and women in service. He wrote and sings the beautiful song "Thank You For Your Service.Listen Here:
George W. Dassinger has been running his own public relations/marketing/media management company for over 25 years - representing such clients as: REVIVER RECORDS' Samantha Landrum, LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS, FUENTE CIGARS, ZZ TOP, supermodel NIKI TAYLOR, TYRA BANKS, LIV TYLER, RESTLESS HEART and songstress PATTY LOVELESS, songwriter JOHN PRINE, KENNY ROGERS, DOTTIE WEST, RONNIE MILSAP with ROGERS & COWAN and as an independent and THE COMPLETE LES MIZ launch. With distinct “news”, images, product placements, column items and sales/marketing concepts, Dassinger has a personal approach to “public relations and media marketing” giving him way to space in the industry for over 35 years. Today Geroge is joined on the show with his mother Hedy who was one of a small and select group of women of her era who served in the Military. As articulate in her "senior" years as she was as a young woman Hedy gives us an up close and personal view of what it was like for her generation of women in the Military....paving a way for the women of today.
Ms Raquel Welch as beautiful today as she was Christmas time 1967, with troops aboard an aircraft carrier. Ms Welch toured with Bob Hope USO shows during the Viet Nam era and continues to be an outspoken advocate for the troops and diehard Patriot.
Admiral James "Ace" Lyons, Jr. served in the U.S. Navy for thirty-six years, including as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1985-87 , Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has received post graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. National Defense University. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of LION Associates LLC.
Matthew Pennington isU.S. Army (Ret.) and a Field Representative (East ) as well as National Spokesperson for The coalition to Salute Americas Heroes
Raised in both Maine and Texas, Matthew Pennington entered into military service at the age of seventeen; he had a robust career full of responsibility and leadership roles. Then at the age of twenty three he was struck down by an ambush IED team in Iraq. Losing his left leg and receiving severe damage to his right he was honorably retired and received the Purple Heart and the state of Maine Silver Star among various others.
Ken Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired Master Chief Petty Officer and is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward thinking thought leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism and training and technology development.
Under Ken’s entrepreneurial direction and leadership as the Founder of his first company, A-T Solutions, the company is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- Counter- Terrorism industry today, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
Ken is the current CEO of a Shoulder 2 Shoulder Inc., technology and multi-media company, in addition to the chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness and the EOD Warrior Foundation.
Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last thirteen years of war. Ken has recently received the Loudoun County Sheriff and the VFW Post 2760 annual leadership awards.
Army Sergeant Mary Herrera of the 855th Military Police Company of the Arizona National Guard, was wounded on November 8, 2003 while on a routine mission to Fallujah from Ramadi. Sgt. Herrera the gunner of the lead vehicle was manning an M249 and a MK-19 when her element was ambushed by rifle fire, R.P.G.s, and I.E.D.s. Sgt. Herrera was immediately hit with one AK-47 round on her right bicep but was able to continue suppressing fire until she was hit was a second AK-47 round on her right firearm
After returning to the United States, Sgt. Herrera was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received as a result of enemy and hostile action. Mary did not lose her arm due to extraordinary surgical efforts, and she received numerous surgeries, skin grafts and physical therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
According to Maj. Gen. David Rataczak, of the Arizona National Guard, Herrera is the bravest person he has ever met. He refers to Sgt. Herrera as a true example of a modern citizen-soldier who, despite being small in stature, is motivated, loyal, physically and mentally capable, disciplined and proficient, courageous and always a professional.
Due to her story and her example, the state of Arizona has passed a bill that will authorize tuition waiver scholarships to National Guardsmen and women who received a Purple Heart or were medically discharged due to injuries while serving in the military after Sept. 11, 2001. The bill is affectionately known as the Mary Herrera bill.
Sgt. Herrera re-joined the Coalition team in April 2013 as a Field Representative of the West. She resides with her daughter in Arizona and is dedicated to serving her fellow wounded service members through the mission of the Coalition.