They Had the Heart for the ONF Mission
ONF and warriors guests have all appreciated contributing entertainers and speakers who have performed or have spoken at Operation Never Forgotten’s fundraisers, workshops and retreats:
Lee Greenwood known for his CMA Song of the Year, “God Bless the USA” was ONF’s national spokesman for 7 years. Lee attended ONF’s first winter S.A.S. retreat and brought winners from ONF’s Freedom Sound Off fundraiser to the Grand Ole Opry backstage. See more at PUBLIC BENEFITS.
Personal video clip messages were made for ONF’s warrior guests during retreat banquets. Some of these celebrities included the popular Taylor Swift, Tom Brokaw, J.R. Martinez, John Elway, Randy Couture, Dennis Miller, R. Lee Ermey and Ted Nugent. ONF also had signature auctions with merchandise autographed from these celebrities in addition to Denzel Washington, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, Larry the Cable Guy, Minnesota Twins Catcher Joe Mauer, Couture Xtreme UFC Fighters, Sarah Palin, Aaron Tippin, PGA Tour Golf Pro Steve Stricker, Montana Senators and others!
Featured Performers and Guest Speakers
Mark Sweeney (at left), comedian Marine Veteran kept the humor rolling during difficult times in Afghanistan. Mark performed at ONF’s first two S.A.S. retreats during the public banquet for warriors.
Marc Yaffee uses his Aztec/Navajo roots in his comedy. He has performed for US troops overseas and was first to shave his head for the Marines.
Sam Kavanagh (at right) is a World Paralympic Cyclist Contender who inspired all with his never drive and determination.
Lucas Hoge (at left) has performed in Iraq and at several Coast Guard bases. He joined the Armed Forces Entertainment to share his song, “Medal Of Honor.”
Marc Hoffmeister (at right) is a wounded combat leader and National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year winner. He has been a speaker and mentor for ONF since 2011. ONF support his climbing foundation, Wounded Warrior Ascents.
Tim Medvetz is an inspirational mountain climber from Highway to Everest.
Mike and Suki Mills joined ONF as Warrior Program Director after inspiring warriors as a guest speaker at the S.A.S. retreat. Suki supports caregivers at ONF PTS workshops. The Mills also run their own organization: For The Veteran… By A Veteran.
Mike and Suki with Ted Nugent and his wife Shemane during a dedication of a sun shelter at Ft. Sam Houston, TX – October 19, 2007
Jesse Sellars was in inspirational speaker at an S.A.S. retreat and has been a mentor ever since. The members of his unit that he commanded received 97 individual awards for heroism, valor and gallantry on the battlefield, two of which were awarded to Jesse. He has received much national press and was recognized by Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Kelly Trudell sings at the ONF Michigan fundraising banquets. She has sung for wounded veterans at Walter Reed, the homeless in the shelters in Chicago, at Rolling Thunder Concerts in DC and at other military fundraisers.
Stacey Mason performs at the ONF Michigan fundraising banquets. She is a former Miss Michigan sings, writes music and plays violin for veterans and benefits for them.
Young talented fiddlers from Bozeman, Montana entertained Freedom Sound Off contestants and audiences.
Featured Workshop Speakers
Trauma Treatment Therapist, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Darren Schmidt
Nutrition Expert, Ann Arbor, MI
Ms. Danielle Musteffe
Caregiver Support, Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Health Care System
Combat Vietnam Veteran, PTS Mentor and Active ONF Adviser
Social Worker, Advocate for Caregiver and Michigan Veterans Court
Wounded Vietnam War Marine Pastor and mentor, Ann Arbor, MI
Nutritionist/Wellness Coach, Portland, OR
Dr. Carolyn Ferreira, PsyD
Family Therapist, Lasciare Psychological Services, LLC, Vancouver, WA
Belle Bennett Landau
Executive Director of Returning Veterans, Portland, WA
Jennifer Blake, MA, LPC & MFT
NCC Executive Director of Returning Veterans, Milwaukie, OR