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
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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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
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
SPC. Donna Zephrine joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1996 and became Full Active Duty in October 2002. Donna served with the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division (260 QM) and served 2 tours in Iraq from 2003-2005 as a 63 Bravo Light Weight Vehicle Mechanic.
Donna is active in many organizations including Wounded Warrior Project, World T.E.A.M Sports, Team Red White and Blue and Project 9 Line. She recently graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work and hoped to give back to help other Veterans or people who are in need.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys writing and has been published in multiple anthologies. These publications include Radvocate Literary Magazine, the “Afterwords” anthology, the “9 lives” New York University’s Veteran’s Writers Workshop anthology, Bards Annual 2017, The Local Gem Press, War Writer’s Campaign, Poets and Writers, Blogground, Oberon Magazine 2017 and CA/T Magazine of Columbia University.
In honor of Purple Heart Day (August 7th) we feature Melissa Stockwell. A first lieutenant, Melissa was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.Read More
Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun served in the US Army from 1999-04. Heath is double-leg amputee due to injuries received in the Iraq War.Read More
Dan Kelly grew up in Southampton, NY and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1999. After the attacks of September 11th Dan was deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.Read More