Over the past 50 years American Program Bureau has worked with a number of veterans who speak on their experiences with audiences. This Veterans Day, as we reach the end of our #50ReasonsWhyAPB, APB reflects back on all of the various voices the company has heard over the years. Voices like our veterans’ will continue to have an important role in our society:
Wes Moore served as a captain and paratrooper during his combat tour of duty in Afghanistan in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. His keynotes, filled with stories of everyday people, shares his perspective on his time serving, as well as the transformative experiences that brought him to where he is today.
Colonel Greg Gadson, star of the film Battleship, served our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Col. Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In May 2007, Col. Gadson’s greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Despite this, Col. Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continues to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.
Consuelo Kickbusch, a veteran U.S. Army officer who served for two decades, overcame poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy to become the successful community leader she is today. The values Kickbusch learned during childhood were reinforced throughout her military career, where she broke barriers and set records, experiences she shares her inspirational keynotes of diversity with audiences nationwide.
Richard Carmona was born to a poor Hispanic family and was a high school dropout when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. There he was trained as a Special Forces media and weapons specialist and became a combat-decorated, disabled Vietnam veteran. Since then, Dr. Carmona became the U.S. Surgeon General where he focused on prevention, preparedness, health disparities, health literacy, and global health.
Shoshana Johnson is a second-generation U.S. Army veteran, who was ambushed and taken as a prisoner of war during her deployment in Iraq. Retiring with honorable discharge, Johnson was identified as the first female POW of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the first black female POW in U.S. war history. Her memoir, I’m Still Standing, she recounts her experiences which she also shares with audiences in her speeches.
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