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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Celebrating Veterans Day... NYC Veterans Parade Vince McGowan

The years as a Marine in Viet Nam and his experience as a returning Veteran have had a significant impact on Vince McGowan. As the  founding president of the United War Veterans Council, a member of the city’s Veterans Advisory Board (appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002), and the producer of every Veterans Day parade since 1994 McGowan has insured that every Veteran is welcomed home. 

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“In 1985, New York City was in a downward spiral,” he recalled. “It was so bad that the veterans’ community decided to stop celebrating our service and discontinue the Veterans’ Day parade, which had started in 1990 here in New York.”

McGowan states  he and “two other guys – a colonel in the Air Force and a lieutenant in the Navy – we weren’t going to let the parade die. At one point with [former Mayor] David Dinkins we found ourselves – 23 of us – walking down Fifth Ave. going to the eternal light in Madison Square Park and that’s all we could muster.”

In recent years the nationally televised parade has had more than 60,000 lining the parade route with 100's of floats, marching units and marching bands. In addition to the parade. McGowan now wants to work on  the restoration of the city’s war memorials that were flooded by Sandy (including the Vietnam memorial at 55 Water St.) and raising money for the United Veterans War Council, which produces the Veterans Day parade and a wide range of other events and programs.

Following John Kennedy’s assassination in 1963  McGowan enlisted and  volunteered for hazardous duty. Injured in battle he still has shrapnel in his legs. He was deeply hurt by the reception that he and others received when they returned home from Viet Nam.

“I think Americans abandoned the Vietnam veterans in the field,” he said. “There are consequences to that.” He said that he knew a lot of veterans who committed suicide. He is the founding member of the Suicide Prevention Foundation.

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Congressman Ryan Zinke: Veterans in Congress/Veterans as Leaders

 

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Former Navy Seal and now Congressman from the State of Montana Ryan Zynke is the Veterans Voice.  

 NAVY SEAL COMMANDER RYAN ZINKE CONFIRMS: Thinking of Making A RUN FOR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE October 14,2015

The Speaker is about leadership and not policy and we’re at a point in our nation’s history where we’ve had a Speaker resign, we’ve had a presumptive Speaker resign and quite frankly we’re facing what I think is a leadership crisis. In our country’s history, there have been other freshmen Speakers—though it has been a long time. But it isn’t about policies. It’s about getting the Congress to do their duty: And that’s the defend the principles that made this country strong and defending the Constitution. I’ve taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. It’s time to rise and put our country first, and yourself second. It’s about leadership. We’re looking at it. Our phones are ringing off the hook because I think America wants something different. I haven’t decided, but what I have decided is that Congress better do our duty and defend our values of this country.

Zinke said the Speaker of the House is a “representative” of the entire body, and an “orator of what America should be,” adding that it is an “enormous responsibility” and “I haven’t retreated from battle and neither should America.”

 

“Americans are frustrated and they look at their government and it’s not doing what we should be doing,” Zinke said. “They want a better future and they want America to be strong and prosperous.”

 

 
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Today's American Veteran Guest David Walker, Congressman Ryan Zinke, & Donny Daughenbaugh

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 On todays show Jack and David talk about the Mission of the Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes. Joining the show is Congressman Ryan Zinke fresh from the CPAC conference where he was addressing America at War. Injured Comabt Veteran Donny Daughenbaugh on the importance of providing a hand "up" to veterans in need.

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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.