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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ensure we have the full scope of services for all veterans regardless of their country of service.
Lieutenant Colonel Orlowski’s 20-year Army career included assignments in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), HQ United States Army Europe, HQ U.S. Continental Army Command and the Office of The Adjutant General of the Army. For his service in Vietnam, Colonel Orlowski was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Medal. His other awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
His public service includes co-founding Sailors Onboard 4 Soldiers, a non-profit corporation dedicated to teaching sailing to PTSD and other stress-related disorder sufferers. He is also the President and Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division Monuments Association. This non-profit organization oversees and, through an agreement with The American Battle Monuments Commission (Europe), pays for the annual maintenance of the 1st Division’s 11 WWI and WWII battle monuments in locations throughout Europe from Omaha Beach to Cheb in the Czech Republic.
During his second tour of duty in Afghanistan on October 9, 2010, Army SGT Jack Williams stepped on an IED causing him to become a triple amputee, losing both legs and an arm. JD was conscious during the entire episode and ensuing firefight with the Taliban. After arriving at the Kandahar Air Base, his vital signs bottomed out and the doctor tried an emergency procedure massaging his heart, which saved his life. As horrific as these injuries are, JD was glad he was the one to step on the IED and not one of the other soldiers under his leadership.
Next Step Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization who's mission is to assist, employ, and empower veterans, active military, and first responders who have PTSD, TBI, and/or mobility limitations. The training program trains amazing service dogs to greatly improve quality of life for each client.
Reese May joined the Marine Corps Reserves at 18 and turned 21 in western Iraq. When he heard about Veterans Corps at the St. Bernard Project, he felt like it had been designed just for him. He interviewed in mid-September and went to work the following Monday. “I thought I wanted to be a site supervisor, but they asked me to take a more analytical position,” he says. “I told them, ‘I want to do whatever you think will make me help best.’ May works on a computer at the St. Bernard Project headquarters, sorting and tracking information from the beginning to the end of each rebuilding project and looking for ways to make each step more efficient. He’s also in charge of filing all building permits. He has no idea what his title is. “I work with an incredible group of people who are more focused on what needs to be done than on titles”. He says being part of Veterans Corps feels fantastic.
Dr.Carlos Vazquez is an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Pepperdine University. He is a peer reviewer for the esteemed Perspectives on Terrorism Journal. He is a Senior Consultant at the Behavioral Analysis Group. The Behavioral Analysis Group consults with civilians, law enforcement and military on terrorist recruitment and human behavior.
Jorge joined U.S. Army in 2001 after eight years on the police force in Puerto Rico. Jorge was deployed four times and on his second deployment to Afghanistan in April 2004, Jorge and his unit were on their way back to camp after a patrol through the region. Jorge was driving a Humvee, the lead vehicle of the convoy when it ran over an anti-tank mine.
Having taken the full brunt of the mine, Jorge was the only one injured in the explosion. He lost his right leg immediately in the explosion and his left leg was severely injured. He underwent a long recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and now wears a computer-controlled prosthetic leg.
Jorge briefly returned to law enforcement, working for the Department of Defense as a radio operator with the police department at Fort Sam Houston.
Today Jorge supports the veteran community through his role as an Ambassador for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.