"The Armed Forces Foundation offers vital assistance to active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans. This includes direct financial assistance, recreational therapy and outreach programs, military hospital dinners, and national education initiatives. With the launch of the Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war including PTSD, TBI, and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered from these hidden wounds."
The AFF has raised and donated over $95,000,000.... yes, MILLION to assist our troops in need.
In addition to the treatment assistance, the AFF is committed to awareness and education. Partnering with numerous congressional leaders, they work on legislation to mold current bills to our ever-changing needs. Most recently, they are proposing to extend TRICARE benefits for 18 months after military separation! *Much needed, and necessary, in my opinion*
The gala was a heartfelt experience, with over 300 people in attendance and monies raised will most certainly make a difference with the AFF mission!
If you would like to contribute to the AFF mission, please visit: www.armedforcesfoundation.org.
I would like to specifically thank President of the AFF, Patricia Driscoll and her staff, Brian Cooke, Joe Maiellano, and Matt St.Jean for their amazing work! I look forward to working with you on other projects in the future!
Most importantly, HUGE thanks to my Platinum Sponsor, Advance Health Solutions- www.advancehealthsolutions.com. They were so kind to invite me as their guest at this evening's event! Many thanks to Dr. Maryam Navaie, CEO, and to Dr. Elspeth Ritchie, AHS Collaborator, for making the night full of laughs and sharing new friends!
|Me, taking the podium!|
|Matt St.Jean, AFF Program Associate & Dr. Maryam Navaie, CEO, Advance Health Solutions|
|Kurt Busch, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Founder of Kurt Busch Foundation|
|Mr. Ron White, comedian (who has personally contributed over $1,000,000 to AFF)|
|Rob Jackson, NFL LB, Washington Redskins|
|Mr. Buck Williams, former NBA player|
|Dr. Maryam Navaie, CEO, Advance Health Solutions|
|Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense|
|Pictured from left are Major General (Ret.) James K. Gilma, M.D., Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Military and Veterans Health Institute; Jordan Franken; Amber Wandtke, Mrs. Eastern States International 2014; Lisa Le Gette, RPh, MBA, Director of Express Scripts and her husband, Chris Le Gette; Maryam Navaie, Dr.P.H., President and CEO of Advance Health Solutions; Rear Admiral Michael T. Franken, Chief of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Navy at the Pentagon; Melisa Lindamood, Director of Federal Affairs at Johns Hopkins University; and W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.|