The Heart of America Patriot Foundation hosted a Speaker Series with the goal of raising awareness of the sacrifices of our armed forces.
These Zoom events were moderated by our President, Captain Al Gorthy, USN, Retired. They featured members of our Armed Forces, both active duty and retired, who have fascinating stories and insights from their time in uniform.
Below are links to the recorded sessions.
Mike Durant retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 from the US Army. He was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the Night Stalkers. On October 3, 1993, his Blackhawk was shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia. The crash and subsequent fight with Somalis resulted in the death of his three-man crew in addition to two Delta Force snipers inserted to protect them. Both snipers received the Medal of Honor posthumously, and Mike spent 11 days in captivity as a prisoner of war. The events of that day are chronicled in the book Blackhawk Down. He has received numerous awards, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Bronze Star, and has published two books - In the Company of Heroes, and The Night Stalkers.
Mike has graciously agreed to present without compensation. Therefore, all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges which have agreed to match our Foundation donations.
General Richard Myers, USAF, retired, served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the highest ranking uniformed officer in the U.S. military, during the early stages of the “War on Terror” and was the Acting JCS Chair on 9-11. General Myers flew over 4,100 hours in fighters (F-4, F-15, and F-16) including 600 hours in combat in the F-4 Phantom. Among his many command positions, he led USAF Space Command – that became the U.S. Space Force in 2019. General Myers will share his 9-11 experience returning to the Pentagon minutes after the attack. He will also talk about what led up to the creation the Space Force and the latest on the study of UFOs.
General Myers, current President of Kansas State University (an HOAPF partner university) has graciously agreed to present without compensation so all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges that agree to match our Foundation donations.
On August 5, 1964, during Operation Pierce Arrow, LTJG Everett Alvarez's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over North Vietnam. He was immediately captured and subsequently endured more than eight years of brutal captivity by the North Vietnamese at the "Hanoi Hilton," where he was repeatedly beaten and tortured. Alvarez spent a year as the sole POW before the second American prisoner was captured and incarcerated. He was released on February 12, 1973, as part of the first group of American POWs repatriated after spending 3,113 days in captivity. Everett is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and two Purple Hearts. He has co-authored two books about his prisoner of war experiences in Chained Eagle and Code Of Conduct.
Everett has graciously agreed to present without compensation. Therefore, all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges which have agreed to match our Foundation donations.
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