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
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)
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:
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
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.
Unabashedly lifted from his website:
– Former Spec Ops with 5 tours, current greeter at Wal Mart.
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!
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.