Archive for the ‘Veterans’ Category

Eagles and Angels Limited – Leather American Flag Patches

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Eagles and Angels Limited has two new lines of laser cut leather, American flag patches.


Above, you’ll see the Warrior Collection, which uses fabric from the MultiCam family, and below is an example of the Eagle Collection, which uses the fabric donated from a service member.



Hearing Loss is a Significant Factor for Many Veterans

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

RESTON, Va., Nov. 9, 2017—Given the fact that more than 37.5 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss, a growing number of consumers are having hearing tests and using hearing aids and other hearing assistive technologies. While the American Academy of Audiology is helping to educate the public on the importance of good hearing health, the organization also is trying to reach out to veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs Annual Benefits Report for FY2016 indicates there were 1,084,069 veterans receiving disability compensation for hearing loss and 1,610,911 were being compensated for tinnitus (the perception of sound in the ears or head when no external noise is present, frequently is associated with hearing loss).

“When they were service members, many veterans were exposed to loud noises from sources such as aircraft, gunfire, or blasts. Hearing loss and tinnitus can be caused by loud sound exposure,” said Jackie Clark, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Audiology and clinical professor at the UT Dallas School of Brain & Behavior Sciences. “Veterans who were exposed to blasts or who sustained a traumatic brain injury may also have difficulty with processing speech in background noise or in group situations, in addition to difficulty with balance function.”

Auditory processing disorder is a condition where some veterans score normally on hearing tests but have difficulty understanding speech especially when background noise is present. The condition often can be associated with blast exposure. Veterans with traumatic brain injury also may experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance problems.

The severity of hearing loss sometimes can be reduced, improved, or reversed through surgery or medication. In many cases hearing loss is permanent; however, hearing aids and other hearing assistive technologies can help to improve hearing and communication abilities.

Though in the general population most people with hearing loss could be helped by hearing aids, only about one in five who would benefit from them actually use them.

Tinnitus, another condition that many veterans suffer with, is the number one disability among veterans. People with tinnitus may experience ringing sounds, a buzzing noise, a high-pitched whistle, or numerous other sounds. “Causes and effects vary and there isn’t a cure yet for tinnitus but there are tinnitus management techniques for learning how to manage reactions to tinnitus,” said Dr. Lynn Henselman, Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence, a collaboration between DoD and VA that focuses on the prevention, mitigation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance problems in military Service members and their families and veterans. One such approach is Progressive Tinnitus Management, a program developed in VA and used in the VA and DoD,” added Henselman.

“While many veterans suffer with hearing impairment from exposure to loud noises associated with their time in the military, it is important that all veterans have their hearing checked,” Henselman said.

Henselman continued, “For these veterans, they may not only have noise-induced hearing loss from their military service but now age-related hearing loss may impact their ability to hear. Often, those who have lived with a hearing loss for a long time don’t realize the severity and how much benefit they’d receive from hearing aids and other hearing rehabilitation strategies.”

The American Academy of Audiology recommends that everyone see an audiologist to have their hearing checked. The Academy provides a list of licensed audiologists on its website: www.audiology.org. Click on “Find an Audiologist.”

B.E. Meyers & Co. – Veterans Day 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

B.E. Meyers produced this video to honor those who have served the United States as Veterans of its Armed Forces, and to their employees who served in the following operations:

– Operation Hue City (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Mingo (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Pegasus (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Scotland (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Lam Son (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Commanche Falls (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Corporate [UK] (1982, Falklands War)
– Operation Desert Shield (1990, Persian Gulf)
– Operation Desert Storm (1991, Persian Gulf)
– Operation Banner [UK] (1981-1996, Northern Ireland)
– Kosovo Force KFOR (1999, Kosovo)
– Operation Silkman [UK] (2000, Sierra Leone)
– Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2010, Afghanistan)
– The Faylaka Island Attack (2002, Kuwait)
– Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2008, Iraq)
– Operation Iron Hammer (2003, Iraq)
– Operation Phantom Fury (2004, Iraq)

Thanks To All Veterans!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Thank you to all of our Veterans, like these men who were some of the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, for standing up to keep us free.


These Montford Point Marines stand for the national anthem during an evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., on June 16, 2017.

Marine Corps photo by LCpl Paul A. Ochoa.

SITKA Film | Place of Peace

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

After 20 years on the front lines that left multiple gunshot and shrapnel wounds across his body, Master Sergeant Farmer reached a breaking point. While trying to rebuild his life, he rediscovered a gift from a friend that led him down an unexpected path to healing.

Presence of mind is hard to maintain. It takes diligence to live in the moment. In the wild, stripped down to one’s essentials, we become more mindful. Through this connection with nature, we can better understand ourselves, the world, and our place within it.


Team Rubicon Appoints Four New Members to Its Advisory Board

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

LOS ANGELES, (August 21, 2017) – Veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon welcomes four members to its advisory board with the appointments of Andy Bessette, Gen. (ret) James Conway, Gregg Lemkau, and Jeff Smith.

“Our newest board members bring a broad range of experience from the finance, insurance, government, and military sectors,” said Jake Wood, Team Rubicon cofounder and CEO. “With nearly 50 disaster response operations under our belt in 2017 alone, these individuals will enhance and accelerate our efforts to build stronger communities through continued service.”

Andy Bessette is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Travelers. Bessette is responsible for operations from real estate to community relations as well as sports partnerships, including the company’s official marketing partnership with the PGA Tour. A member of the 1980 Olympic Team, he continues to support Olympic Committee activities. Bessette holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Gen. (ret) James Conway was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 1969. During his 40-year career in the Marine Corps, Conway initially led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with 90,000 troops under his command. During his second tour, he oversaw the Battle of Fallujah. Conway was the senior operations officer on the Joints Chiefs of Staff providing support as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President. He also served as the 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as the senior uniformed Marine.

Gregg Lemkau is the co-head of global mergers and acquisitions for Goldman Sachs. He is a member of firm’s management committee, the investment banking division executive committee, and the investment banking division operating committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions department in 1992. Lemkau was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002. He earned a Bachelor’s in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College in 1991.

Jeff Smith is the senior vice president of human resources for FedEx Ground. With over 20 years of strategic leadership in human resources and operational roles, he joined FedEx Ground in November of 2014 as vice president of human resources and was named senior vice president in June 2017. Jeff is a member of The Conference Board’s Chief Human Resources Officer Committee and served on the Client Advisory Board for Linkage – Women in Leadership. Jeff is an Army Veteran serving as a member of 5th Special Forces Group and as an Army Aviator with 1/147th Aviation Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard. Jeff has a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s from the University of Iowa.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded Team Rubicon in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. The nonprofit organization has grown from eight volunteers to over 50,000 with over 200 operations under its belt, including responses to Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Hurricane Matthew.


Team Room Designs

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Founded by Special Forces Veterans, Team Room Designs was born in an SF team room to provide legacy gifts to fellow teammates and brothers/sisters in arms. They specialize in woodwork and have done quite a bit with rustic flag designs.



Navy Veteran Named Director Of Operations For Counter Human Trafficking Organization

Friday, August 4th, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (August 1, 2017) – Michael “Fulli” Fullilove, who served 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, has been appointed Director of Operations for DeliverFund, a national nonprofit private intelligence organization providing counter human trafficking services to law enforcement who combat human trafficking.

During his military service Fullilove deployed to numerous locations around the world including multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo as well as many developing nations where he worked with senior-level foreign government officials in combatting violent extremist organizations.

Fullilove is an expert in Risk, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, Counter and Anti-Terrorism operations, Surveillance, and Counter-Surveillance. He has worked extensively with law enforcement and inter-agency stakeholders in sharing resources and assets to expand training for the Special Operations community. Since retiring from the military, Fullilove has been an operations consultant for select military and government agency clients.

Fullilove is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous specific Commendation Medals. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College and a Master’s Degree from Penn State. He is a qualified Special Forces Medic and speaks conversational Spanish. Before joining DeliverFund, Fullilove was Managing Director of Security Services for Barrister Global Solutions, LLC.

Fullilove’s responsibilities with DeliverFund will include supervision of the organization’s operational team and contractors; overseeing law enforcement support services and coordination of DeliverFund intelligence operations.

DeliverFund is a registered 501c3 organization whose team is composed of individuals from the US Special Operations and Intelligence communities. Collectively they have decades of experience understanding and dismantling illicit groups around the world. DeliverFund has redirected their training and expertise in counterterrorism to combat the prolific problem of human trafficking in the United States. DeliverFund partners with law enforcement to provide the additional data needed to do their jobs by outlining strategic intelligence opportunities increasing their success rate arresting traffickers and freeing victims.