Proud To Serve

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Jeanna DellaRagione: Tunnel 2 Towers

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.

Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.

Stephen had everything to live for; a great wife, five wonderful children, a devoted extended family, and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose encouraging and inspirational phrase “while we have time, let us do good” were words that Stephen lived by. Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as a reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good


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Patrick Nesbitt the largest private owner and operator of Embassy Suites

Patrick M. Nesbitt, Sr. is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Windsor Capital Group, Inc., which is based in Santa Monica, California. Mr. Nesbitt started his real estate career at age 13, rehabilitating residential projects in his native Detroit, Michigan.

Since he created Windsor Capital Group over 36 years ago, the Company has become the largest private owner and operator of Embassy Suites by Hilton hotels. In addition, WCG owns and manages other hospitality assets under Marriott.

Patrick Also served in the US Air force.

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Walt Gragg Author of The Red Line and The Chosen One

  Walt Gragg is an attorney and former state prosecutor. Prior to law school, he spent a number of years in the military. He is a Vietnam veteran and has had many interesting assignments, including a tour with Special Forces (Green Berets).

World War III explodes in seconds when a resurgent Russian Empire launches a deadly armored thrust into the heart of Germany. With a powerful blizzard providing cover, Russian tanks thunder down the autobahns while undercover Spetsnaz teams strike at vulnerable command points.
 Standing against them are the woefully undermanned American forces. What they lack in numbers they make up for in superior weapons and training. But before the sun rises they are on the run across a smoking battlefield crowded with corpses.
 Any slim hope for victory rests with one unlikely hero. There’s one thing that’s certain. The thin line between victory and defeat is also the
red line between life and death. Red-Line and Chosen-One

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Jamie Burton for Bravo748 Speaking Bureau

Bravo748 Story

Brian was a Specialist in the US Army, KY National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Prior to deployment, Brian was attending Eastern Kentucky University, working on his education to become a commercial pilot. 9/11 interrupted those plans and our lives, like it did so many others. After his deployment and return home, he knew he was exiting the Guards in a short time, and wanted to continue his quest to become a commercial pilot as quickly as he could.

November 20, 2003 started out like any other day. It was a day of excitement for all of us. It was the day that Brian was going to test for his commercial pilot’s license. Brian, his instructor, and a passenger were flying out early that morning – unexpectedly, they had been asked to take the passenger to a larger airport at the last minute before flying on to Bowling Green, KY for the test.  the plane Brian was flying in crashed just after take-off, killing the pilot, him, and the passenger. It was the most horrific day of my life. I had lost my only son. The air was sucked out of my entire body, my heart was broken, my soul black with mourning. What was supposed to be one of the most joyous days in Brian's life was destroyed in the blink of an eye.

Bravo748 has several different and personal meanings. Bravo is for Brian – a brave and daring young man who was always serving others. 748 represents several meanings: N748CH was the plane’s tail number; 7 represents Brian's and my lucky number and it represents a sign of divine perfection and completeness in the Bible; 4 represents Brian’s age on November 20 – he was 24 and 4 signifies direction – North, South, East, West, as well as up, down, left, right – I completely lost my sense of direction and time on the day Brian died; 8 represents infinity – I will love him forever, and in the Bible, 8 represents a new beginning. 

Bravo748 Speakers and Entertainers lay bare the pain in their souls to share their path to healing and encourage others to do the same. Life is for living. We can’t go backwards, even though we desperately want to.

My name is Jamie Burton and Brian is my son.

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Warrior Healing Center

Tim Kirk, Ph.D., Col, USAF  is the founder and director of Warrior Healing Center

The Warrior Healing Center (WHC) is an elegant solution to a very real need. Sierra Vista is a community that cares about the military and our veterans, and the WHC represents the support of community provides to our veteran families. Before the WHC, there were dozens of great veteran service organizations in place to enrich the lives of our veterans, but they were spread out, hard to find and often lacked unity of effort. The WHC transformed that into a "one stop" location where these teams come together to collaborate and better improve the lives of the veteran families they serve. The WHC also pulls in a variety of healing services provided at no cost to veterans and their families. Services such as Soldier's Best Friend service dog training with modern indoor training facilities, art classes, fitness classes, PTSD support, PTSD Tapping therapy, Flutes for Vets Native American Flute Circles, holistic health options, equine activities, and more!

The Warrior Healing Center is also a place were veterans can just hang out, have some coffee and share stories. We offer support for veteran families across the spectrum of needs from crisis to encouraging veterans to launch their own pioneering activities and events and find their passion. The WHC features a media studio that runs a 24/7 livestream on half a dozen social media outlets, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, DLive and more. That microphone is available to veterans and their families, as well as our Warrior Healing Team, to discuss any topic they'd like--from an opinion on any topic to discussion on a favorite hobby. It is also a place to inform people and to promote community events. If you are a veteran or family member or a community member who would like to give some love back to the ones who have put it all on the line for our freedom, please come visit to see what we're all about! If you have a program you'd like to see, come on down and let's work together.

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Brothers In Arms Worldwide

The Founder of Brothers In Arms Worldwide AJ Ferrio has served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. AJ has passion for honoring those who have served our country and are consistently look for new and innovative ways to show respect for our veterans and all first responders. 

Please help Brothers in Arms Worldwide in a mission to obtain and provide halo and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to firefighters from 15 States battling throughout California. Please make your tax deductible donation today so the program can be up and running for the firefighters quickly. Time is of the essence!

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Chris Patron and The Honey Island Shooting Range

Chris Patron is a NRA Certified Range Safety Officers at the Honey Island Shooting Range and a member of the Firearm Professionals of Louisiana.

Since 1993 Southeast Louisiana Firearms Safety, Inc. (SELFS) has operated the Honey Island Shooting Range in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area just outside of Pearl River Louisiana for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The Honey Island Shooting Range is a public range open to the public Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. For an entry fee of $6, a guest can shoot all day in a safe environment. The range is physically located in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area north of Slidell, Louisiana in the Honey Island Swamp. 

Honey Island Shooting Range Range Safety Officers are NRA Certified Range Safety Officers (RSO) and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Certified Hunters Education Instructors.



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Veteran Air Warriors

Cade Overstreet is the Administrative Director for Veteran Air Warriors. 

The aviation industry in America has begun to experience an extreme shortage of pilots with no clear solution in the foreseeable future.  Because of the quality of character, commitment and work ethic commonly found from within our U.S. military ranks, commercial aviation companies have often favored recruiting former or soon-to-separate military members.  Unfortunately, the military is feeling the same shortage of pilots civilian industry has felt and has begun implementing strategies to make reenlistment more attractive.This has opened up opportunities for former military members, who may or may not have prior flight experience, to fill this void and take advantage of the potentially lucrative career as a commercial pilot.  This is where VAW can help!
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