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
“It was an exciting time for EIC this year to be able to celebrate our nation’s veterans. Seeing veterans from WWII to present day participate in our 16th Annual Prism Awards show was truly an honor. We’re thrilled with how things went and are very grateful for the collaboration with American Soldier Network to help make it happen. Thank you and thanks to the American Soldier Network volunteers who helped to host our heroes that evening.” Brian Dyak President & CEO Entertainment Industries Council
The PRISM Awards, which is produced by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in collaboration with FX , honors the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues in movies, television, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Parenthood, Glee, Castle, Southland, Shameless and the feature films Warrior and Take Shelter are among the television shows and films honored at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony. This years show theme was a celebration of our nations veterans. Full of tributes starting with a Army color guard, a banner jump by the Golden Knights, a “Roll Call” moment with veterans from WWII to present day, all who have now followed career paths after service to careers in the entertainment industry.
Actors Reporter Coverage PRISM Awards with American Soldier Network’s celebrity advisory board member Tim Abell and celebs William H Macy, Craig T Nelson, etc at http://bit.ly/PRISMawards2012
On Saturday February 11.2012 the day began with excitement and a buzz among four wounded warriors they were off with our founder Annie Nelson to the 54th Grammy Awards rehearsals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Little did the group know that a day that started out to be a once in a lifetime experiecne for our heroes would become a day the world would remeber forever with the tragic loss of one of Music’s leading ladies Whitney Houston. It was sureal being in the house that Whitney helped to build when the news came in that she had just died.
Here we were with America’s finest who had survived severe life changing injuries and months of painstaking therapy to now be among music royalty! The entertainment industry embraced our veterans with open arms, the celebrities were so loving, attentive and gracious to our heroes. Instead of interacting with doctors, counselors and their command, our warriors exhaled for a day listening to the biggest names in the recording industry rehearse their numbers for the big show including meeting many of them, sharing hugs, handshakes, photos and chats. It was as our warriors said an “EPIC” day! One of our warriors said after seeing Sir Paul McCartney “I didn’t die in Afghanistan, but I can die now, I just watched Paul McCartney, a Beatle perform LIVE, life is complete.”
Often our veterans return from the war to battles here at home. Many find themselves retreating to their homes not socializing much at all. To not only get out for an entire day but to be mingling with celebrities from music, television, film and sports was over the top! Journaist Michael Ragogna of the Huffington Post interviewed the group followed but a powerful on camera interview with film director/producer James Keach. “I am always in awe of our veterans. When a day like today comes together as magically as today did, I know this journey I am on making sure our work at American Soldier Network continues is a journey being powered by God and I am so blessed to be the vehicle.” -Annie Nelson
“Annie!!!! Thank you so much for knowing my passion with photography and video production and how I use it as a therapeutic release, and giving me the Experience of a lifetime that taught me so much about the career and direction I want to go with passion. You put me in contact with some of the industries top people!!!! What a great day and great company! Now to see the grammys come to life!!!!!” Sgt. Gonzalez
Michael Ragogna interviews the group LIVE from the Grammy Rehearsals Enjoy!
A special thank you to the following:
Our Warriors for their service and sacrifices! We are forever grateful!
Dave Weiderman Guitar Center Hollywood, Lisa Roy, Robert W. Clyne & Douglas Mountain of Pro Audio Media Consultants
Pauley Perrette, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Chris Brown, Ryan Seacrest, Bad Mouse, James Keach, Adele, Ken Enrlich, Sway Calloway
This spring we were able to produce our first Public Service Announcement. “Freedom Isn’t Free” was a collaboration of talent. What a great accomplishment from our celebrity advisory board members and other supporters of our efforts. We need to publicly thank all who helped to make this possible.
Director Scott Lautanen, Actor Joe Mantegna, Actor Nick Searcy, Actor Jack Scalia, Actor Scott Elrod, Host/LA Lakers scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Make-up Artist Benjamin Robin, the students and staff of the Los Angeles Film School, the services of Aegis RapidText, Actor & Writer Mik Scriba and our founder Annie Nelson.
The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) annually presents the PRISM Awards, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FX Network, and News Corporation, for outstanding accomplishments in the accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental health disorders: prevention, treatment and recovery, in film, television, interactive, comic book, music, and DVD entertainment.
Starting with the PRISM Awards presentation in Beverly Hills, CA. Then moving to our nation’s Capitol for the preview of the PRISM Awards television special. Then finally reaching the public through a national simulcast airing. The PRISM Awards shine a light on how these issues are portrayed in the popular culture.
This year the Entertainment Industry Council invited American Soldier Network Founder Annie Nelson and Advisory Board member Actor Kevin Sorbo to open and present the first award of the telecast in Beverly Hills, CA. “The Prism Awards are such a wonderful way to acknowledge the amazing work and to salute those telling the powerful stories we are all impacted by. It was a humbling honor to be invited to participate in this years show. Raising awareness for our veterans is what the American Soldier Network is all about, being a part of this awards show is helping us to fulfill our mission.” Annie Nelson
We hosted the cast of the FX hit show Justified to a screening of an episode with a meet & greet autograph session immediately following. The day began at the Balboa Naval hospital then continued up the coast to the Wounded Warrior West Batalion. Truly a special day had by all. Any time we at American Soldier Network can take a little piece of Hollywood to our heroes and show them those who truly care is a special time. So much media focus has a negative feel towards our troops and their work that it is time more celebrities like those on the show Justified, step up, thank our troops and show their gratitude!
A note from the Naval Hospital:
Dear American Soldier Network,
The wounded, injured, and ill of Naval Medical Center really enjoyed a
special visit from the cast of “Justified” on April 12th. The injured
service members were given a nice break between medical appointments and
were able to watch an episode of the show and had the opportunity to ask
questions of the cast. They were also able to take photos with the stars and
receive autographed pictures. Visits such as these are a great morale boost
for our wounded services members, showing them our community and
organizations like American Soldier Network really support them. Thanks for
making this amazing event happen!
Associate Program Director
Armed Services YMCA, Naval Medical Center