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Fahim Speaks on The American Heroes Network

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A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back. Tune in on The American Heroes Network for their newest episode “Fahim Speaks

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Michael Moffet

A native Granite Stater, Michael Moffett has taught history and management courses on the high school, community college, and university levels. Moffett also served on active duty with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment from 1983-85. He returned to active duty in 1990 as commanding officer for the Marine Reserve Detachment out of Topsham, Maine, later designated as A-Company of the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. Captain Moffett led these Marines to the Persian Gulf where they were attached to the 1st Marine Division for Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait. LtCol Moffett again returned to active duty after the 9/11 attacks, serving on General Tommy Franks’ Operations Staff at Central Command. LtCol Moffett later served as Director of the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program’s (MECEP) Prep School from 2003-2008. He joined Marine Corps University’s History Division in 2008, where he co-authored a monograph on the history of the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center with Major General Orlo Steele (USMC, retired). In January 2010, LtCol Moffett received one-year orders to serve as a field historian in Afghanistan. After retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2011, Professor Moffett returned to Concord, N.H., where he teaches at the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI-Concord).

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Fahim Fazli

Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, Fahim Fazli came to the United States as a refugee in his teens. He enjoyed a privileged childhood until the Russians invaded Afghanistan. As a young adult he supported the resistance and when he and his remaining family saw the opportunity they fled to Pakistan and then eventually to the United States. Forced to support his family Fahim was not able to pursue his passion, acting until many years later. Having the good fortune to meet someone from a local production company who mentioned his resemblance to Andy Garcia and also asked if he was interested in going to a casting call, he got his big break. It had been years since he had given any serious thought to acting, but he got the job. Fahim currently lives in Orange CountyCalifornia and has continued working in television and movies. Fahim’s memoir, Fahim Speaks, was released in 2012. More recently, Fahim had a small speaking role in Ben Affleck’s movie “Argo,” which received five Golden Globe Award nominations, including one for “Best Picture.”

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It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition.

American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes.

This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

Wounded Warriors Project: Call to Congress to Extend VA’s TBI Assisted Living Pilot Program on The American Heroes Network

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Congressional Inaction Threatens Program for Brain-Damaged Vets. Tune in for the Live Broadcast Show on The American Heroes Network for their new episode “Wounded Warriors Project : Call to Congress to Extend VA’s TBI Assisted Living Pilot Program” Tuesday July 22nd 8am Pacific Time.

WASHINGTON-The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun ousting dozens of brain-damaged veterans from special therapeutic group homes, setting off a scramble for housing and care.

In recent weeks, VA case workers have warned 53 veterans they’ll have to leave the privately run homes by Sept. 15, according to the agency. Ten have already been discharged from the care facilities and sent to nursing homes, state veterans homes or to live with family members. Dozens of other veterans are now in a state of limbo about whether they’ll be able to remain in the rehab facilities for more than a few months.

The VA says it has no choice but to discharge the residents. Despite pressure from veterans, their families and service organizations, Congress hasn’t extended the legal authority for the rehabilitation program, which expires Oct. 6.
“The failure to extend this successful pilot [program] would close a door to recently injured individuals who need these services and risk having to transfer wounded veterans to more costly and inappropriate environments of care,” the Wounded Warrior Project, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and 11 other veterans groups wrote to lawmakers in a joint letter this month.

Lawmakers from both parties say they support renewing the program. The five-year pilot was designed to test whether veterans with traumatic brain injuries-the kinds of wound that became a signature of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts-improve faster with intensive therapy in a community-based home than at a hospital or rest home.

“It’s shortsighted to let it expire, leaving veterans out in the cold with no similar options,” Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said in a written statement. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.), who has sponsored a bill renewing the program, said “I’m optimistic we’ll pass it on the House side.”

Such measures have been introduced in both chambers, but with Congress deadlocked on a variety of issues, none haven’t made it into law. VA officials say they can’t wait until the last minute to begin discharging patients.

The group-home program featured in a Feb. 20 front-page article in The Wall Street Journal focused on the life of former Marine Cpl. Justin Bunce, who suffered brain damage in a blast in Iraq in 2004 and later lost further brain function in a car accident. Cpl. Bunce lives in a VA-funded group home in Germantown, Md., run by NeuroRestorative, a unit of the Mentor Network, a Boston-based health-care and human-services company.

NeuroRestorative expects that 30 of the 54 veterans in its facilities in 14 states will have to move out within the next two months.
For the moment, the VA isn’t discharging the 50 Iraq and Afghanistan vets now living in the group homes, including Mr. Bunce. The agency is using authority under a separate law to continue funding for the treatment for brain-injured veterans of the post-Sept. 11 wars. Senior VA officials are debating how long that reprieve can last. “We’re awaiting the decision as to a way forward for these particular vets,” said Sharon Benedict, the program’s manager at the VA.

The brain-injury rehabilitation facilities resemble a home or apartment complex only with the addition of full-time attendants and a rigorous schedule of speech, physical, cognitive and occupational therapies. Residents have trainers to help them relearn lost life skills, such as shopping, eating in public and social interaction. They receive medical treatment at local VA medical centers.
“I’m doing great, and they’re going to yank it from me,” said Don Rohm, who has been told he must leave one such VA-funded residence in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. “God only knows what’s going to happen.”

Mr. Rohm weeps when he talks about facing life outside of the assisted-living facility. “It’s only a matter of time before I end up in jail or dead,” he said. Mr. Rohm, 53 years old, suffered brain damage when he was pushed down a marble staircase while stationed with the Army in Germany in 1981. In 1992, while working as a National Guard firefighter, he was hit in the chin by a heavy fire-hose nozzle. A fall from a ladder in 1995 and a car accident four years later-caused by seizures related to his brain injuries, according to his caregivers-worsened his condition.  His injuries cost him his ability to perform basic arithmetic. At the VA-funded facility, he is working on his nine-times multiplication tables.

Congress created the trial program seeking more effective ways to rehabilitate veterans who suffered intractable brain injuries. Among the veterans living in the Germantown home are a pilot left paralyzed and barely able to speak by a helicopter crash in Afghanistan; a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head; and a National Guardsman who suffered several close calls in mortar attacks in Iraq.

The VA has yet to complete a full assessment of the program’s effectiveness, but says anecdotal evidence has been promising. “All indications are that the satisfaction is high among the veterans with the services they’re receiving, and they seem to be making gains,” said Ms. Benedict.

 

The Brotherhood of the Red Nile On The American Heroes Network

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Tune in on The American Heroes Network for their new episode “The Brotherhood of the Red Nile” with guest Dan Perkins who is author and master storyteller who presents the second book in his trilogy about terrorism against the United States.

Walking into a creative writing class at the BIG Arts Center on Sanibel Island in November 2011, Dan Perkins had no idea how dramatic of a turn his life would take after the four week class. The instructor, Nancy Daversa, started by telling the students they would know within the first two weeks if they could write. Dan smiled to himself thinking he would only miss a couple of rounds of golf.

But the writing bug bit Dan Perkins and he found, not only can he write, but he can write fast and with a vengeance. His first story blossomed into a full length novel that he completed in 90 days. The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, A Terrorist Perspective, would go on to be the fourth book by one of Nancy Daversa’s students in as many sessions of teaching. Dan’s first book was published in December, 2012, barely a year after taking the course.

One reviewer said, “This book is as current as today’s headlines, but scarier than tomorrow’s.” Filled with twists and turns, it offers a surprise at every intersection as readers will no doubt wonder “Where did that come from?”

It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes. This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

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Impossible Odds on The American Heroes Network

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On the new upcoming episode “Impossible Odds” on The American Heroes Network is about bands of brothers who exhibited unparalleled bravery, solidarity and endurance on the battlefield to come out on top in a fight against impossible odds. This is a true Story that’s told by a veterans who survived to tell about it.

Guest Bio: Captain Perfecto Sanchez, US Army

A Bronze Star recipient was born and raised in NYC; raised by both his grandmother and mom and the eclectic 8M neighbors in the city.  His mom was a teacher and his grandmother a pianist so he grew up with a inquisitive and creative curiosity for life. The military was never in the cards for him until he met Jack Dammon, his track coach, a man he very much respected.  His opinion was that Perfecto had potential but lacked discipline.  He thought obstacle courses sounded cool so he opened up the West Point brochure that Jack gave him.

He met the best of friends at West Point- friends he still is very close with to this day.  The world was much simpler then, before 9-11 that is.  It wasn’t until his 3rd year when he had to choose his brand that it really hit him that he could potentially be going to war.  He blames his curious personality that led him to infantry- and the fact that if he was going to do something he wanted to do, he wanted to do it with his utmost ability; and of course that his best friend was doing it with him.

He reported to Ft Benning in June 2005- after a few nights out in the woods and a couple jumps out of an airplane about a year later he was reporting to his first duty station in Baumholder, Germany.  His unit was already deployed and he was scheduled to fly out less than 2 weeks from getting there and he couldn’t wait.

 

Never give up. Never quit on The American Heroes Network

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Staff Sergeant Travis Mills US Army Ret

Wounded warrior, motivational speaker, actor, and an advocate for veterans and amputees

Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, an incredible will to live, the courageous actions of the men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and all the healthcare providers at the Walter Reed, Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit. SSG Travis Mills is a genuine American hero, and for his incredible sacrifice, we are forever in his debt.

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Travis MillsTravis’s story has been featured on local and national news including Fox News’ Happening Now with Jenna Lee and The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly.

On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.

In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans. Travis and the foundation are actively involved with several veterans’ organizations including, Veterans Family Camp in Belgrade, Maine.

Travis also founded the Travis Mills Group, LLC where he consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide inspiring all to overcome life’s challenges and adversity.

american-heroes-networkIt has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes. This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

Beyond Patriotism on The American Heroes Network

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Purple HeartBattalion Surgeon with the 1/505, 82nd Airborne Division and as Medical Officer in the Emergency Room at 24th Evac Hospital, Long Binh Post, Republic of South Vietnam.  Then a year as General Medical Officer at US Army Hospital, Camp Zama, Japan.  He completed his medical training at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, became Board Certified  in Neurological Surgery

Guest Bio Information: RICHARD B. SMALL, MD. Region VI Commander and National Surgeon of  the Military Order of the Purple Heart

Richard became Board Certified  in Neurological Surgery and practiced in Ventura Co, California until 2000.  His next 6 years were spent in Rescue Mission Work as a Program Director and volunteer Chaplain where he worked with many veterans living on the street.

He is currently Region VI Commander and National Surgeon of  the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and National Coordinator for the collaborative effort between MOPH and Spirit of ‘45 to honor and preserve the spirit of the “Greatest Generation.”

As a member of the Las Vegas Health Care System Veterans Administration Voluntary Services Executive Council he formed strong relationships with leaders of other Veteran Service Organizations throughout the Vegas Valley, Parhump, Henderson, Mesquite and Laughlin/Bullhead City.  Together their coalition holds annual Veterans Health Fairs, Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies and they share many Chapter/Post activities.

Dr Small is the founding Chairman of the Nevada Veterans Foundation (NVF) charged with raising capital funding and continuing support for a Veterans Guest House to be constructed at the new VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas.  Partnered with the Fisher House Foundation and the Nevada Military Support Alliance the NVF is well on the way to raising the necessary $6M in funding.  Dr Small is also a Director of the Nevada Veterans Assistance League, and a founding member of the Honor Flight Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

Tune in on The American Heroes Network for their latest episode “Beyond Patriotism” on the Voiceamerica Variety Channel Tuesday April 22nd at 8am Pacific Time.

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It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes. This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

Coming Home: Dealing with Veteran Issues

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Tune in Now for a new Episode on The American Heroes Network Coming Home: Dealing with Veteran Issues” on the Voiceameica Variety Channel Every Tuesday 8am Pacific Time.  Check out their new guests for this week.

Anthony Anderson

Served in the WI National Guard 2002-2008. Volunteered for 2 deployments to Iraq served as an Infantryman. Left the military in 2008. Studied and received my degree from UWM with a BS in Secondary Education-English. Have served various positions at Dryhootch since 2011 Co-Founder Veterans Trek

Tom Voss

Served 3 years active duty with 25ID out of Ft. Lewis, WA. Served as an infantryman assigned to a scout sniper platoon doing recon. Deployed to Iraq. Left the military in 2006. Studied Social Work at University of Wi Milwaukee. Served as Vice president of Dryhootch from 2011-2012 Co-Founder of Veterans Trek.

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It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes.  This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

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