Bryan enlisted in U.S. Army in 1970 where he served a tour in Vietnam as a Vietnamese Interpreter - Hanoi dialect - with the Army Security Agency in both Camp Eagle and Phu Bai. After the Army, Bryan was appointed to Lynbrook, NY Police Dept July of 1974, promoted to Sgt in 1984, Lieutenant in 1989, and retired in August of 2011. Bryan is currently the president of Long Island Sled Hockey, Inc.Read More
Lt. Gen. William “Bill” Welser III spent over 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2005. Lt. Get. Welser served as Director of Operations and Logistics for U.S. Transportation Command, where he led operations supporting the response to 9/11.Read More
Sgt. Jahira Sepulveda served in the U.S. Army from 2005-2014. Sgt. Sepulveda trained as a Water Purification Specialist but was retrained to be a Military Prison Guard while on deployment in Iraq. During her 9 years in the military she also worked with the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and in recruitment.Read More
When he was 12 years old, Art Culver started to make models of airplanes and fell in love with flying. He applied to both the Air Force and Navy after he got out of school and was accepted by both. He picked the Navy because he wanted to serve on a carrier and he says he liked the uniform. He did over a hundred combat missions in Vietnam before leaving the Navy and then taking a job with American Airlines as a pilot.Read More
Dave Rogers is a Veteran who served in Bosnia, Dessert Storm, at the World Trade Center and with Homeland Security. Dave retired due to injuries sustained while serving with the New York State National Guard during the aftermath of 9/11 and credits much of his ongoing recovery to the VFW, his artwork and giving back to his community.Read More
Carroll Oates joined the Army in 1969 and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2007. He was deployed to both England and Germany as part of the US Army Medical Command Depot Support Team. As a Reserve Major he was deployed to Honduras as Company Commander of the Medical Team for MedRets. Oates was called back to active duty in 1991 and deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he served as Executive Officer of two Field Medical Units. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal and 4 Army Commendation Medals. He is on the Board of the Indian River County Veterans's Council and 2nd Vice President of the Indian River County Military Officers Association.
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Sgt. Nicholas Mangano grew up on Long Island, NY and joined the U.S. Army in 2013. Nick served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia and was stationed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan as well as South Korea and Germany. Nick retired from the Army in 2017 and currently is a member of Airborne Tri Team, a non-for-profit organization providing war veterans with opportunities, physical challenges and goal oriented physical achievements to maximize their potential and increase their self-esteem all by being part of a team. airbornetriteam.orgRead More
William "Bill" Pickens III studied at the University of Vermont and majored in history and political science. He was the first African American student to be elected president of the student body.
In 1958, he joined the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. Pickens’s position as Personnel Officer in the Air Force sent him across the world to Japan.
Congressman Brian Mast served as a Staff Sergeant is a U.S. Army for more than 12 years. Brian served with the 28th Ordnance Company and was deployed to Afghanistan as a bomb disposal expert with the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2010 he was wounded in Kandahar clearing a path for Army Rangers and the explosion resulted in the lost of both his legs.Read More
Pearl Harbor survivor Armando "Chick" Galella served with the 53rd Signal Corps at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attached on December 7th, 1941. Chick went on to earn the rank of Battalion Sgt. Major and served 5 years in the Pacific during WWII. Chick was awarded the Bronze Star for serving at the Battle of Okinawa.Read More
Patrick Williamson joined the Indiana National Guard Sept. 2002 in his junior year at High School. Patrick was deployed to Iraq in 2005 with the 113th Combat Engineer Battalion of the Indiana National Guard. He left the Guard in 2008. He is currently involved with the Next Generation Group of Veterans in Indian River County and the Veterans Council of Indian River.Read More
Douglas Weinert served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 2006-2014 with the 10th Mountain Division 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment and was stationed in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.Read More
Ed Britt enlisted in the U.S. Army in Jan 1949 and retired as a Command Sergeant Major after 32 years of service.Read More
Nicole Cannon joined the U.S. Army Reserves when she was only 17 and still in High School. Nicole served as a Financial Management Tech and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.Read More
Richard Sawyer served in the U.S. Army as a dog handler and was deployed to Vietnam with his dog in 1970 walking point and using the dog to sniff out the North Vietnamese. “I never pulled my trigger when I was over in Vietnam,” Richard said. “I never aimed at the enemy. I didn’t want to kill anybody. I didn’t believe in war, number one. I always believed, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ There shouldn’t be any exceptions to that.” After returning home from Vietnam and attending college the war finally caught up with him. Today Richard is retired and writing poetry to help express his PTSD and help us all better understand the "Soldier's Heart".Read More
Telly Antona joined the U.S. Army while she was still in High School on the Army's delayed entry program and served 6 years and an additional year in the reserves. Telly served in the motor pool at Camp Kyle Korea and with central issues, supplying all the personnel at Fort Campbell KY for the 101st Airborne. Telly currently is involved with Habitat for Humanity and also a group of younger Veterans Net Gen in Vero Beach FL.Read More
Marty Zickert is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who spent over 30 years in the Air Force and Tennessee National Guard. Col. Zickert worked in Strategic Air Command (SAC) and flew as a navigator aboard KC-135 KC 135 tankers, RC135s, C124s and flew F4 fighters during the Vietnam War. After the Vietnam War Col. Zickert continued to work for SAC with the U.S. Military's strategic nuclear strike forces in the Philippines, Germany and United States.Read More