Todays American Veteran

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

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Jimmy Gunn: Rock n roll and Patriotism

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Jimmy started into music at an early age by playing the drums, and performed with a band during his high school years.  In the late 70’s he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he has performed with such great artists as: Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Tanya Tucker, Ray Sawyer (of Dr. Hook), Keith Steagall, Deborah Allen, Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Willie Nelson, Hank Cockran, Tom Wopat, Tommy Rowe, Sonny Throckmorton, Kieran Kane, Dobie Gray, Bruce Channel, Delbert McClinton, Steve Winwood, David Ball.

Jimmy toured with Brooks & Dunn up until June of 1995.  While touring with them they traveled to Switzerland.  Jimmy has toured extensively in the United States and Canada and has traveled to Europe and Russia.

In Addition to Touring, Jimmy has several movies and made for TV movie soundtracks credits and appearance to his name.  Most notably is “Scandal in A Small Town” starring Rachel Welch, “Hank Jr., Living Proof”, “Running Mates” and “Ruckus”.

While working with Brooks & Dunn, Jimmy has appeared on several Music Award Shows, and has made commercials for Miller Beer Company, and appeared in the movie “8 Seconds”.

Jimmy has appeared on several issues of “Country Song Roundup Magazine” for Pearl Drum Company.

The composition “Is It All A Illusion” and “Where’d You Come From” were co-written by Jimmy for the movie “Running Mates”.

Jimmy has recently had an R & B cut on Donny Kees CD which he co-wrote with Donny titled “You Can’t Stop Me From Loving You”

His varied career has also included a publisher’s assistant, song plugger, writer and musician for Don Gant Enterprise, and over the last few years Jimmy has owned and operated a company with Don Gant’s widow, Lynda Gant, named G & G Music Group, where they have had cuts by George Straight, Garth Brooks & other.  Jimmy & Steve Busch Co-Produced a project on Jimmy a few years ago and over the last few years Jimmy has been teamed up with partner Pat Robinson in California where they’ve become a great writing & production team.

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Warfighter/Entrepreneur Magda "Maggie" Khalifa

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Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks Magda. Khalifa enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and volunteered for two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command. She was promoted twice in-theater and served as a CAT-A Team Sergeant and Team Leader, conducting civil reconnaissance and key leader engagements with tribal leaders in the volatile and congested Diyala province.Upon completion of active dutyMs. Khalifa relocated to Virginia Beach and worked as an adviser helping to establish the U.S. Navy’s first civil affairs command, while completing an M.A. in    Asymmetric Warfare from American Military University.  She continued in the defense industry as a New Business Manager for a leading provider of intelligence-based training."Maggie" Khalifa believes strongly in giving back to the community. She has served as a director on the governing board of two military veteran non-profit organizations.  She also serves with the organizational team for 1 Million Cups Virginia Beach - an interactive and educational forum for entrepreneurs.  We also know Maggie through her ongoing support of the Warfighter firend and radio show host Boone Cutler (Tipping Point/CBS Radio and on demand at the Military Appreciation Channel/Radioactive Broadcasting)

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Todays American Veterans with Donald Mazzella

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Donald Mazzella  is a political and terror expert as well as a Nationally Recognized Media Personality, Commentator,and Author. Donald and Jack talk about our military as well as Donalds latest book covering the history of how one company and its people, loved, fought, and amassed wealth in one of America's most turbulent times. Find out more at:

 

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Brad Clayton Bringing Golf to Injured Warfighters

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Brad Clayton is a PGA of America Master Professional in Teaching, with over 28 years of teaching experience.  A seasoned professional who has dedicated his life to improving his golf skills and those of his students.In May of 2000, Brad lost his right hand in an accident. As a result, he now knows more about how to adapt the basic fundamentals of the game of golf.  He also stresses the importance of the mental side of the game and how a positive outlook can improve not only your golf game but your life. He carries this over to others who are challenged and empowers them and inspires them! http://puzzleduckgolf.org/puzzle.html

 

 

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911 Survivor with a Message of Hope: Joe Torrillo

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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.

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Story from the Frontlines: Danielle Green


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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.  

 

 
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A Whole Different FAMOUS Amos

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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. 

 

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Veterans in Boxers Run for Awareness of Suicide/ Donny O

 

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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.

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IR·REV·ER·ENT- ADJECTIVE

  1. SHOWING A LACK OF RESPECT FOR PEOPLE OR THINGS THAT ARE GENERALLY TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
  2. DEFICIENT IN VENERATION OR RESPECT
  3. AN INABILITY TO TAKE SERIOUS THINGS SERIOUSLY
These are by far the most fun, welcoming, psychotic, and demented individuals I’ve been around since I got out in 09…..and that’s why I’ll never leave them. I found my new family.”

– Former Spec Ops with 5 tours, current greeter at Wal Mart.

 

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LA Lakers Mitch Kupchak talks Basketball and Veterans with long time Pal Jack Scalia

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 LA Laker GM Mitch Kupchak has the stories you won't hear on the 6 o'clock news but you will hear them on Salute America's Heroes.Jack makes this interview a SLAM DUNK!

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Putting Veterans First: Lester Abele is on call!

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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