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Distinguished Military and Business Leaders Join Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation Coalition

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Ted Skokos, Lyla Kohistany and Vincent “Rocco” Vargas will bring insights and expertise to help guide the development of a D.C. memorial honoring those who served in the GWOT

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2019 – The Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation, the congressionally-designated non-profit foundation tasked with organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is welcoming two new ambassadors and adding a new member to its board of directors.

Over the course of their tenures, the new team members will lend their expertise and strategic insights in support of the Foundation’s mission to build a national memorial recognizing all those who have served, and continue to serve, in the GWOT. The new team members are:

• Ted Skokos (GWOT Memorial Foundation Board of Directors) is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and an entrepreneur residing in Dallas, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during all three Gulf War missions and retired in 1992 as a 21-year veteran. After successful tenures as a prosecutor and civil attorney, Skokos focused his energy on the business world, founding companies in the wireless communications and medical device industries. He and his wife Shannon founded The Ted and Shannon Skokos Foundation, which awards grants to public charities making a positive impact on society.

• Lyla Kohistany (GWOT Memorial Foundation Ambassador) is the president and co-founder of PROMOTE, a non-profit focused on creating inclusive national security teams. A native of Afghanistan, she served on active duty from 2001-2007 as a naval surface warfare and intelligence officer and deployed to Bagram in 2005. Since 2008, she has enabled and advised military operations in Afghanistan as a consultant for the Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). From 2013-2014, Kohistany deployed as the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan’s cultural advisor. She currently consults for USSOCOM as a Cultural Advisor and the Cultural Intelligence Center as a Master Trainer.

• Vincent “Rocco” Vargas (GWOT Memorial Foundation Ambassador) is a writer and actor known for The Long Way Back (2016) and Dads in Parks (2016). He currently plays Gilberto ‘Gilly’ Lopez on Mayans M.C. on FX, and hosts the Vinny Roc Podcast. Vargas became an Army Ranger at 22 years old and completed three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 2nd Battalion. He entered the Army Reserve following active duty, working in special operations for the Arizona Department of Corrections and U.S. Border Patrol before starting his entertainment career.

“Each of these accomplished individuals brings a unique set of skills, expertise and perspective to our mission, and we are honored to welcome them as valued new team members,” said Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, president and CEO of the GWOT Memorial Foundation. “As our team continues to grow, their leadership and continued selfless service will be invaluable as we seek to establish a memorial on the National Mall befitting all those who have served, continue to serve, and will serve in our nation’s longest conflict.”

“To be a part of this effort is a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave a legacy that will remind, educate and inspire future generations of the sacrifice of thousands of Americans that came before them to combat and defeat terrorism,” said Skokos.

Over the months ahead, the GWOT Memorial Foundation is focused on advocating for land within the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Winstanley Architects & Planners (WA&P), the Foundation’s executive architect, is managing and overseeing the 24-step process required by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) to design and build the memorial in Washington, D.C.

WA&P has already surveyed groups around the country, gathering input from veterans, service members, military families and the American people about what the memorial should represent, the feelings it should evoke and the educational elements it should convey.

Once a site is selected and approved, the Foundation will oversee an invited memorial design competition which captures the themes discovered, including those of endurance and sacrifice on a global and multi-cultural scale in America’s longest war.

To learn more about the GWOT Memorial Foundation or to donate, visit gwotmf.org or follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


Eagles and Angels Ltd – Andy Stumpf Limited Edition Notebook Cover

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

A veteran owned business, Eagles and Angels takes uniforms from other Combat vets and creates cool items like this notebook cover. It’s made from heavy-duty leather, with two pockets for business cards as well as a pen holder. Additionally, it comes with a notebook.

in this case, the fabric inlay of the American flag cane from Andy Stumpf. Andy began his SEAL career attached to SEAL Team Five, in Coronado California. In 2002 he screened for and joined the most elite counter-terrorism unit in the military, SEAL Team Six.  This unit is tasked with conducting the nation’s most critical missions, many of which have become the focus of Hollywood movies and books.  While on a combat deployment an Iraqi insurgent shot Andy at close range with an AK-47.

Connect with Navy SEAL Combat Veteran, Andy Stumpf, on his Instagram page: HERE

A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.


Help Marco Gonzalez’ Son Come Home

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Many of you may know Marco Gonzalez from his time as a SEAL or at the helm of Global Defense Initiatives. You may know his son Luke as well, who is also a veteran.

Unfortunately, Luke was accused of theft while traveling in Thailand by a fellow American he had recently met. He was arrested and initially spent two months in a Thai jail. He is currently out on bail, awaiting trial in April, but can’t leave Thailand.

As you can imagine, legal assistance in this case is very expensive, as is providing a place for Marco and Luke to stay while this drags out. Some of Marco’s friends have set up a GoFundMe to help out and I encourage you to do so.


Fundraiser for Robert “RAT” Trivino

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Rob Trivino is a Retired US Army Special Operations Veteran and owner of Evergreen Mountain LLC. You may know him from training with him or reading his book, “A Warrior’s Path : Lessons In Leadership“.

Unfortunately, Rat recently suffered a stroke and cannot work. Some of his friends have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his family during his recovery.

Please donate at www.gofundme.com/robert-quotratquot-trivino.

Cartoonist and Army Veteran Mark Baker Introduces Charlie Mike Comix

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Years ago, I had the pleasure of serving with PVT Murphy’s Law creator Mark Baker. We’re both now long retired from the military but Mark hasn’t given up on cartooning. Instead, he’s just introduced Charlie Mike Comix to Patreon and he wants to give it a go as a career.

This time, the subject is much more serious, sharing the experiences of others, in graphic form.

The website is charliemikecomix.com. Support Mark Baker’s Patreon At www.patreon.com/charliemikecomix. You can also follow Charlie Mike Comix on Facebook.

Regular Guy Tactical – A Holster Company

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

During last week’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show I had to pleasure of meeting the owner of Regular Guy Tactical. Turns out the owner of RGT is anything but regular.

One of the good things about Outdoor Retailer moving to Denver is that it’s fairly close to Fort Carson, Colorado, home of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Regular Guy Tactical was founded by a wounded warrior 10th Group NCO who has taken the needs of his profession and created a holster to satisfy them in his off-duty time. Since he is still on active duty, we’ll keep his identity a secret, but due to his injuries, he will probably be separating soon.

As for the holster itself. It’s an injection molded modular design that quickly converts from inside to outside the waist band. They use their own clip to secure the holster which combined with the grid holes allows ride height and cant adjustment.

Their patented retention system relies on silicon bands which can be combined up to four total to adjust the amount of retention.

The holster is also configurable for left or right handed use. Additionally, the screws are countersunk so you never scratch your pistol’s finish.

There’s a concealment device molded into the holster to prevent printing.

The magazine carrier can be worn stand alone of mounted to the IWB platform and is configurable for right or left carry (bullets to front or rear) as well as height and cant.

Currently, RGT only makes holsters for the most common Glock handguns. This is simply a matter of being a small, but growing company and concentrating initially on the pistols they encounter most often.

If all of that isn’t enough, a portion of every sale goes to the Special Forces Foundation.


3M Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

Monday, February 4th, 2019

While we are sure there is more than one attorney handling these claims, we were asked to get the word out.

Hey All, Robert (Bob) Webb is the point-man for Kaiser Gornick on the Lawsuit for service members who suffer hearing loss due to the use of the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. Forward this to everyone you know who served combat arms from 2002-2015.

The DOD recently settled with 3M for $10 mil. compensation for these faulty earplugs. Kaiser Gornick is now reaching out to those of us who were directly affected through the use of the 3M Combat Earplugs. If you think there is the slightest possibility that you were affected by the use of these plugs; it would behoove you to get on board NOW.  There is a high probability of compensation.  Bob says he will require you to fill out a two page document.  Pretty simple.  

Bob writes:

As we discussed, Kaiser Gornick is representing men and women who used the 3M Combat Arms earplugs while serving in the U.S. military between 2002 – 2015, and who have been diagnosed with tinnitus or hearing loss. These earplugs were standard issue during those years and have been proven to be defective – they afforded no noise cancelling protection to the service men and women who used them. Please feel free to forward this email to any of your friends who fit the profile – I’d like to discuss how we can help. The direct number below rings to my cell if I’m away from my desk, so I’m reachable any time. Thanks brother!

Bob’s contact information is:

Bob Webb
Kaiser Gornick LLP
100 Pringle Ave, Suite 310
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

415-857-7475 (Direct)

262-488-0789 (Cell)


Cody Firearms Museum Seeks Veterans to Be a Part of History at CFM Veteran VIP Experience

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Cody Firearms Museum to host US Veterans and record their histories as they make their way across America at the CFM Veteran VIP Experience in Cody, WY

CODY — January 17, 2019— Today, the Cody Firearms Museum (CFM) revealed a teaser for one of its new premier exhibits to be launched at its grand re-opening the weekend of July 5, 2019. Among the many exhibits to be unveiled this summer, the Military Area will incorporate first-hand accounts from U.S. veterans. The CFM seeks U.S. veterans to relay testimonials of their service and experiences at the CFM Veteran VIP Experience.

The CFM Veteran VIP Experience is an invitation to veterans and active military to be the very first to record personal accounts, offering museum-goers a glimpse into the complexity of their jobs and the magnitude of their bravery. “The CFM Veteran VIP Experience will capture a living history that we are proud to curate at our museum,” said Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator at the Cody Firearms Museum. “The testimonials from our veterans will provide insight for generations to come as well as create a community-centric model for our museum.”

The CFM Veteran VIP Experience will take place on July 5, the day before the CFM opens to the public. Participating veterans will have a first glance at the exhibit and are invited the following day to the public opening along with their families. “We want to offer our veterans a VIP experience while becoming the first to contribute to this recorded legacy,” continued Hlebinsky. “The interactive component is user-friendly and will be on display for our 200,000 annual visitors. We’re calling on vets and vet organizations to join us during our grand re-opening in July.”

The CFM is seeking veteran organizations to partner with them in promoting and/or sponsoring the special event. The CFM Veteran VIP Experience requires an RSVP to the event and is exclusive to veterans and active military personnel. Inquires may be directed to kie@solutionnaires.com.

Additionally, you can meet Ashley Hlebinsky – Curator at the CFM. Her level of knowledge is amazing. She will be at the CFM booth #2428 on Thursday, January 24th from 2pm – 3:30pm.