February 6 & 7: Our annual hosting our Heroes to the Grammy’s Rehearsals always a memorable time for our combat wounded and Active Duty Heroes.
February 11: Hearts 4 Heroes this year were delivered to our US Navy SEAL Teams
February 12: we hosted Valentine Date Night for our Combat Wounded Ill & Injured and their spouses providing comedy night, dinner and desert!
MARCH 11-14: we supported & cheered at the Warrior Trials at Camp Pendleton
MAY: We had a fund raiser at the Irvine Improv with the Veterans of Comedy and TV’s David Koechner
JULY: A Gold Star Family Reunion Day – with a picnic, pony rides, visit to the zoo, games and train ride! “Freedom Fest Concert & Motorcycle Run” in Castle Rock CO over 350 Bikers rode with Paul Teutle Sr of Orange County Choppers, SOA cast members Rusty Coones, Emilio Rivera, MO McCrea through the amazing Colorado roads to the beautiful town of Castlerock to a great day of music, fun and food. Performing were, Great White, Patten and Goff, Ryan White, Mini KIIS, Kip Winger and headliner Lou Gramm the voice of Foreigner!!!
OCTOBER: canned food drive with Montevideo Elementary School PTA, American Soldier Network delivering over 1300 canned foods to our Homeless Veterans
NOVEMBER: 3rd Annual Show your Soul Donate your Soles used shoe drive and Veterans Day party at the USS IOWA Battleship! A Red Carpet Day with celebrities, war fighters of all eras, civilians and thousands and thousands of SHOES!
DECEMBER: American Soldier Network’s 9th Annual Christmas SWAG Bags for our Combat Wounded Ill & Injured – we again delivered over 500 SWAG bags to our combat wounded ill and injured service members for the holidays. Always a highlight of our year! Unfortunately we in our circle lost 18 to suicide this year! That has turned our focus moving forward into 2016 on the development of our #HealingHappens campaign to raise awareness & help for the Veteran/Military Suicide epidemic in our country. Since 1999 we have lost over 200,000 veterans & active duty military to suicide, this must stop! WE NEED YOU to Help us spread the word. Check out www.crowdrise.com/healinghappens
The auction starts TODAY thru Nov 12 👍🏻👊🏻🎶🇺🇸 Guitars signed by
-Colorado Avalanche Scott “the Sherrif” Parker
– Kip Winger (solo)
– Ryan Weaver and his band
– Patten & Goff
– Mini KISS (entire band)
– Jack Russell (Great White)
– Led Zeppelin Experience (entire band)
– Lou Gramm (Voice of Foreigner)
– Paul Teutel Sn. (Orange County Choppers)
– Rusty Coones (Sons of Anarchy)
– Mo Mc Crae (SOA)
– Emilio Rivera (SOA)
On behalf of The American Soldier Network & The Battleship Iowa we would like to cordially invite you to a Veterans Day to Remember “Celebrating The American Spirit” on the LA waterfront. This event will be a day to celebrate our Veterans, Military, a historic Battleship and raise awareness & funds to end Veteran/Military suicide. Every 40 minutes a veteran takes his own life to suicide; we are losing 1 to 3 Active Duty military members to suicide daily. It is long overdue that we all come together to Save our Heroes here on the home front.
This is also the conclusion of the“Show Your Soul by Donating Your Soles” used shoe drive to support American Soldier Network in their crusade to end veteran/military suicide. The used shoes will go to shoe our impoverished in third world countries, keeping them our of our land fills and the monies raised will go to the#HealingHappens Save our Heroes here on our Home Front campaign.
The Battleship USS Iowa is a popular Los Angeles museum that provides families a glimpse into the past through a unique (and fun) experience aboard the only battleship museum on the West Coast. We have created a comfortable and relaxed browsing experience and invite your client to bring along a guest, there will be military present, vendor booths, refreshments and a family atmosphere. Along with media coverage.
Location: The Museum is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the LA Waterfront / Port of Los Angeles. The Battleship IOWA Museum shares the parking lot with the World Cruise Terminal.
Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard.
The first hour is free, each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $16 per day.
A “Gold Star Family Reunion Day” we hosted over 18 families of our fallen to a day of train rides, pony rides, a visit to the zoo, lunch, games fellowship and Healing! We would like to thank all those who helped make this day possible: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Irvine Park Railroad, Rawhide Pony Rides, Orange County Zoo, Zevia soda & Company Picnic Specialists. Shout out to John Ford, Gary Jack, Trisha Marshall Eric D Cook Carol Ann Nelson Lori Picard Sgt Nate Serda, Sgt Craig Hart, 1st Sgt Anthony Ball, William Mimiaga and our Special Guest #MedalOfHonor #JohnBaca
Freedom Fest Motorcycle Ride and Music Festival
When: August 22, 2015
Where: Castle Rock Colorado
All Proceeds to American Soldier Network
Get Tickets & Info http://www.freedomfestconcert.com/
Come meet national hero #NavyCross #Marine Jeremiah Workman at Freedom Fest
In an ongoing effort to ensure members of the Fort Irwin community recognize the sacrifices of those who serve, “A Day of Gratitude” was observed Nov. 25 honoring local Gold Star Families, first responders and Soldiers.
The day began with a Gold Star banner presentation to family members who lost loved ones during service to the nation, and continued with a “Thanksgiving” lunch, visit to the Fort Irwin Museum and entertainment shared by Gold Star families with current Soldiers.
By honoring these patriots, we hope to continue the legacy of support for those who sacrificed so much and those who continue to serve, said sponsors of the event. We want it to serve as a lasting tribute to those families who lost a loved one while serving our nation – for them to know that we will never forget.
The history of the Gold Star program dates back to August 1947. It was then that Congress enacted Public Law 80-306 establishing the Gold Star Lapel Button for the public identification of the direct next of kin to military members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives in wars. The button, consisting of a gold star on a purple circular background bordered in gold and surrounded by gold laurel leaves, is furnished without cost to each widow or widower, including parents, children, and brothers/sisters.
Teresa Bullock, a Blue Star and Gold Star mother, said “this event is one of the few such events I’ve attended. Fort Irwin has made an effort over the last few years in southern California to reach out to families, inviting us to concerts and to take tours. It really means a lot to us just to be with the (Soldiers) – and hug them.”
Bullock’s two sons served, her oldest, SSgt. Christopher Webb, served in Iraq and lost his life March 7, 2007 while trying to rid a village of IEDs (improvised explosive devises) prior to a local event so villagers could hold it safely. Blue Star Mothers are those who have children currently serving or who have served and honorably discharged. Bullock, herself, is a veteran.
“This is why our Survivor’s Outreach Services is so important,” said Lori Picard, Fort Irwin’s Survivors Outreach Services Coordinator. “It allows these families the opportunity to stay connected to their Army family.”
Annie Nelson, of the American Soldier Network, agreed: “There is a big disconnect in our country today between Americans and our military and veterans. That includes the families and families of our fallen. It is long overdue that all of the organizations that claim to support our heroes do whatever they can to help bridge that gap, raise awareness, ensure that no veteran, military member nor their families feel that they are every forgotten or not appreciated. Freedom is not free and we as a nation must always recognize that and show our gratitude whenever we get the chance.”
Nelson pointed out that the “Day of Gratitude” focus isn’t limited to mothers and fathers who lost children in service to the nation, but includes recognizing grandparents, spouses and children as well.
“I personally had men I knew lost in the battle of Fallujah, and as my journey with my own starting the American Soldier Network I have buried many fallen heroes from battles in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as from the invisible wounds that kill here at home,” said Nelson. “So for me spending time and helping the healing process is very personal.”
Closer to home, two of Fort Irwin’s younger Soldiers shared similar sentiments.
“My uncle was a squad leader in Vietnam,” said Spec. Zachary Brooks, 22, of Ash County North Carolina and Soldier with Irwin’s Medical Command. “He was wounded, but told those above him to make sure the other wounded got out first, so he waited on the second helicopter while others were evacuated.”
His uncle, Cpl Ed Pierce, died while waiting on the second helicopter to arrive.
“Zach has been on the phone for months trying to make this happen for his family,” said his wife, Staff Sgt. Amber Brooks. “Ed was his mother’s only brother, so everything he gets here today he’s going to take back to North Carolina for his mother.”
Picard and SOS provide support to more than 500 families from San Bernardino to Los Angeles.
“It’s a great way for [families] to reconnect with other families who are in the same position,” emphasized Nelson. “Losing loved ones is difficult, but losing loved ones in war is a very different dynamic and grief, reuniting these families and allowing them a social time to be together and in a safe, upbeat, positive setting is all a part of the healing process.”