Posts Tagged ‘veteran’

Wounded warriors hit the links

Veteran with Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Photo Credit: Michael Clements Photography

It’s one of my favorite events of the year: The Yellow Ribbon Fund Army-Navy Golf Classic. This year General Stanley McChrystal was the guest of honor. Once again we had the chance to meet some amazing heroes at the tourney that pairs injured service members with supporters on the greens.

Golfers this year raised more than $217,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. YRF supports injured servicemembers in the area and their families.  I was honored to co-host the awards ceremony with This Week in Defense host Vago Muradian. Photos by Michael Clements. Tune in to WUSA9’s Morning Show Wednesday to see coverage from the great day!

PHOTOS: YRF Army-Navy Classic 2011
MORE: Wounded Vets Swing for Challenge

Check out coverage from the awards ceremony on WUSA9

Silver Star Day at Walter Reed

Thank you.

Citizens Helping Heroes hosted Heroes Silver Star Day at Walter Reed. It was amazing how the gray skies turned blue and the rain stopped so wounded servicemembers and their families could enjoy an all American BBQ on the quad at the Mologne House. It was an honor to host this event again! Read more about why advocates want Silver Star Day to be named a National day to honor our wounded warriors.

MORE: Stars ‘n’ Stripes cover Silver Star Day

Ayla Brown with SFC. Manuel Rodriguez (served 4 war tours) and wife Eleanor


CHH’s Barb Dickey and volunteer Patty Rowland

Redskins Cheerleaders

A Salute to You

Happy Veterans Day. Click here for a list of special deals going on all day to honor our military men and women.

My Papa

My Dad

My Sister

Every veteran.

Thank you for what you do and all that you’ve given.

Courtside Salute & Surprise!

It was an honor to be part of the military tribute at the Legg Mason Tennis Tournament this year. The Yellow Ribbon Fund and USO teamed up to organize the ceremony that happened right before the start of the Semi-Finals.  I joined a group of nearly 30 made up of volunteers and friends and family of wounded warriors. We practiced the unfurling of the flag only once and nailed it when it was time to do it for the the crowd! It was an amazing feeling of patriotism… the last time I held the flag and helped fold it was in high school. One of my JROTC duties was to raise and take down the flag  before and after class. Watch coverage of the event on WUSA9 below… and check out more of the story including a special surprise on the stadium’s court. More…

Another touching moment was when Milkbone Canine Assistance awarded a disabled veteran with one of their amazing service dogs. The dogs can help with everything from pulling a wheelchair, to turning on lights to 90 other commands. The tennis players took time to say thank you and take a picture with the veteran.

Yellow Ribbon Fund’s Amanda Basek with husband Officer Erik Basek who is with the US Park Police SWAT Team.

My husband Robert enjoyed the opening reception

Honor Guard with Veteran Charles who helped unfurl the flag with us!

Football Pros vs GI Joes: Redskins Rock with Troops

This just rocks.

Washington Redskins in a a Guitar Hero face-off with troops stationed in Basrah, Iraq. Pros vs GI Joes and the USO Metropolitan Washington sponsored the event at the ESPN Zone in downtown DC.

On a military note– we’re gearing up for our big Yellow Ribbon Fund/Army-Navy Golf  Classic on July 12th– sponsors and golfers are needed. Click here for more information.

Watch my report below on the rockstars!

Beautiful: Honoring Military Widows Left Behind

It was a night to say thank you to the widows of the fallen.

The Got Your Back Network hosted ‘Martinis & Makeovers’ at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown. It was a night to pamper and thank 13 women who’s husband’s made the ultimate sacrifice in the current war. Former TV ‘Bachelor’ Andy Baldwin  started the Got Your Back Network. The group provides guidance and resources for spouses like Andrea , Vivanne and Barbara who were left behind. Vivianne Wersel shared some words with 9News. (Right: Tara Palmeri, Andy Baldwin)

[Photos: Moshe Zusman Photography]

Angie’s report on WUSA9

Pamela Sorensen & Heather Guay

Angie Goff, Mark Drapeau & Nichole Devolites

Heather Menis Shaw & Renee Sharrow

Soldier Can Smile Again

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)– ClearChoice, WUSA & USA Today are sponsoring Star Spangled  Smiles, a contest to award free dental implants to a deserving military member. Watch my report on a prize that changed a life.

The contest is open to active service members and veterans in the DC, Md. and Va. area. To nominate someone fill out the form at  .All entries online and via mail must be postmarked by Friday, April 23, 2010.
Watch: Dr. Alex Naini On How Your Dentist Can Cure Sleep Apnea 

Related: Many Americans Say They Forgo Routine Dental Care 

Congrats Caressa! Miss America 2010

Miss VA Caressa Cameron is now Miss America 2010. Way to go girl! Hats off to our pal Jen Corey for making the top 12 and performing brilliantly during the talent competition. You shined!

Casino Night

[Picture: I first met Caressa this Fall at USO Casino Night at the Sheraton in Arlington… for veterans staying at Walter Reed. Very gracious gal and we know she will make America proud! Also pictured Kelly Olson and former TV “Bachelor” Andy Baldwin]

Caressa wins the Crown, AP Photo

Miss California Kristy Cavinder was 1st runner up. I was a huge fan of our friend Jen from DC of course but also took a liking to Miss Hawaii who had a down to Earth, tomboy like attitude. Miss Arkansas was great too and really embodied that old glam Miss America look. Miss Puerto Rico was just flat out striking. Read more from The Examiner 

We’ll work on getting Caressa in for a studio interview at Channel 9.

 Maybe she’ll let me try on that crown… but we know how that turned out last time I had a chance. See below.

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