Military Advisors

Steven Ruth

EOD Master Chief Navy (Retired)

USMC Ret Jeremiah Workman

Author / Speaker/ Navy Cross Recipient

Tim Abell

Actor (US Army Ranger retired)

Dave Alspach

Actor/Vietnam Veteran

Mrs. Lori Picard

Survivors Outreach Services Coordinator US Army

Joe Campa

MCPON US NAVY (RET)

Ray Normandin

Media Producer (Former U.S. Air Force)

Larry Shatto

US Army Ret Vietnam
Apache Helicopter Instructor

St. Mjr Kent USMC (Ret)

16h Sg Mjr USMC
KCK Inc Principal

Anthony Ball

1st Sergeant, US Army

Recent Blog Posts

3rd Annual Freedom Fest Colorado will be Saturday June 17

The 3rd annual Freedom Fest Colorado will be Saturday June 17 in Littleton, COLORADO. ASN is so honored and excited to be the beneficiary of such an amazing day of music, fun and of course motorcycles. www.freedomfestcolorado.com Who We Are In 2014, 89 Industries and Freedom Fest LLC was founded on the belief that “Freedom is Not Free”, Our founder Dean Gary sought out to make a difference and discovered founder of the American Soldier Network Annie Nelson. Dean and Annie wanted to make a difference for the #NOTONEMORE PTSD Soldier Suicide Prevention Campaign bringing help and awareness to our American Soldiers and their families. The Fest 89 Industries and Freedom Fest LLC is a fundraising activity that supports U.S Military and Veteran non-profit organizations. Our mission is to to help our veterans be victorious and end veteran/ military suicide. Proceeds go to American Soldier Network,and other military charities. The Show Goes on Rain or Shine! No alcohol brought in from outside. Limit One Lawn Chair Per Person. ~The Ride and Bike Show~ ________________ Bike Show starts at 8:30 am with a $20 entry fee. Ride begins at 10am. $50 for rider includes concert ticket and t shirt. $75 for rider and passenger (ticket and shirt for both) $30 for ride and t shirt but no concert ticket. Ride and ride ticket combo’s will be sold the day of show! Enter and pay the day of the...

The Face of PTS

American soldier network founder Annie Nelson and heroes NCO Air Force (Ret) Justin Jordan and  USMC Chris Carlisle raising awareness for soldier suicide and PTS. #NotOneMore   We lose a veteran roughly EVERY 45 minutes each day to Suicide; at least 1- 3 ACTIVE Duty each day. That’s OVER 8,000 heroes a year we are losing! 22 a day is NOT accurate and it never has been. That number was from a 2011 study done by the VA on veteran suicides, however they only studies 21 of our 50 states and did not include Texas nor California, the two states with the most veterans. Please STOP using the 22 or #22 when referring to veteran/military suicide! This is such a touchy topic we must be accurate when discussing it. Brain health affects every human being. We all have stuff. NO one brain is the same so NO one brain will handle Post Traumatic Stresses of any kind the same. There is no one size fits all cure or treatment.  We at American Soldier Network are dedicated to making a impact nationally on this crisis. This is not only effecting our heroes form Desert Storm on it is tragically taking the lives of our Vietnam veterans as well. It is also taking the lives of the sons/daughters of those who have lost their battles to their demons. We are launching our efforts to erase the stigma, empower our heroes, challenge ALL Americans to become a part of the Healing process, reminding everyone that we all have stuff, the brain is a powerful machine that must be fine tuned, and NO ONE IS ALONE! We...

Welcome to American Soldier Network

9/11 affected every American. …for Annie Nelson, it was a life-changer. Having no real knowledge of our troops but a fierce need to do something, she decided to write. And write she did. Corporal Jesse Schertz, hit by suicide bomber on 12/22/2004, became Annie’s first Pen Pal. The Marine in Iraq and Annie at home shared tears, fears, tragedies and triumphs. The faith and friendship of two strangers brought together by war has proudly grown into the American Soldier Network. We all can make a difference… American Soldier...

Ride To Live FSMC benefit for American Soldier Network

RIDE TO LIVE Forgotten Sons MC Chappo Chapters 3rd Annual Ride To Live When Sat 10/27/2018 Where Elks Lodge OCEANSIDE 444 Country Club Lane Oceanside CA 92054 Time 11:00 am – 3:00 Tickets: At the Door Individual $20 Couple $30 ** lunch included Entertainment: Band Radio 80s Drawings Live Auction Vendor Booths More! To support, visit: www.crowdrise.com/FSMCridetolive...

Ruckup.org Launch by American Soldiers Network

The American Soldier Network developed  RuckUp, a website that will serve as an indispensable resource for veterans and their families in the fight against Veteran/Soldier Suicide. The site will remind our veterans that they never need to suffer alone, a hub for our soldiers to build connections. Build communities. Build hope. RuckUp highlights: The Foxhole Vets/Military can connect with in a secure ID verified space, partnered with ID.me, vets can connect safely and securly with each other through a forum system, where they can find buddies, meet new friends, and pass on info (so no soldier is left behind!). Unlike Social Media where nothing is private, secure nor veteran verified. Aid-Station RESOURCES  Vets and their family members can search trusted support and treatment providers to find help that’s available nearby. Vetted and approved resources will include facilities that treat PTS, TBI, CTS, depression, addiction, and provide alternative treatments in suicide prevention. (Hope outside the VA) Take the Oath Here, vets can ‘Take the Oath’ (I Choose to Live) and share on social media. (We have had 17 saves that we know of to date since launching the Oath last summer) Caregivers Corner Family members and people providing care for vets can read articles, find resources, and refer family members/friends to get help through the site. Let’s RuckUp, and work together to bring honor, gratitude, and compassion to the men and women of our military. here are some # hashtags for you Hashtags: #RuckUp #TakeTheOath #IChooseToLive #ASNOath #VetsAgainstSuicide #VetsAgainstAddiction #VetsAgainstHomlessness #VetsHelpingVets #HelpVeterans #NoSoldierLeftBehind #AmericanSoldierNetwork #ASN #WeDoThisTogether #SaveOurHeroes...

Help Launch our “I Choose To Live” Oath Challenge

WE NEED YOU! What: Help Launch our “I Choose To Live” Oath Challenge When: Saturday June 17,2017 How: Upload a video on your social media of you taking the “I Choose to Live” Oath Challenge your fellow veterans & military to do the same, tag lnstagram @AmericanSoldierNetwork Facebook /AmericanSoldierNetwork Twitter@forRtroops #lchooseTOLive #WeDOThisTogether #OathChallenge Why: To ACTIVELY help take the first step in SAVING LIVES ASN will launch their National “I Choose to Live” Oath Challenge to help prevent veteran/military suicides and start to LIVE and choose to LIVE not focus on our battles but on our blessings and reasons to stay alive. We believe this is so much more than a# or a statistic. It is about individual lives and brains. PTS, TBI, Demons and life experiences are all dramatically individual and impact EVERYONE differently. There is NO one size fits all cure, treatment or way of help. There are many but there MUST be a FIRST step. Like in the 12 step programs that have been immensely successful throughout the world for decades we fully believe brain health and the fight for a healthy life worth living starts with that first step, the “I Choose to Live” Oath. Our military members start their careers with the Oath to serve the nation, they must take that same oath when they reenlist and they NEVER forget that oath long after their days in the service are over, so in that same vein we have created a lifelong Oath for our veterans/military community. This will be the first step in healing and healthy living. A lifelong Oath to live, to admit...

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