Gary Sinise who stars in CSI has the heart of a patriot. He is an actor who uses his celebrity to support those who serve, past and present, in so many different and positive ways. Gary is a very good friend to the military and veteran communities.

MilitaryConnection.com commends Gary Sinise

Let’s get out and support Gary Sinise this Saturday, September 26th for an incredible event. Gary Sinise presents the best of the GI Film Festival at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. The parking is ample and free.


The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. when there will be a Special VIP Reception with Gary Sinise. Come Join Us.

Purchase tickets online at www.gifilmfestival.com

Newman’s Own Award Winners Honored


THOMAS BROWN / STAFF Newman’s Own President Tom Indoe, left, with Tammy Fisher, trustee, Fisher House Foundation, right, gives the top award of $15,000 dollars and a Newman’s Own bust to Dave Mahler of USA Together during the 2009 Newman’s Own Awards at the Pentagon on Sept 10. Eleven grants were given to organizations for their plans to improve the quality of life for military families.

Eleven organizations received a total of $75,000 in grants, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 apiece, for their efforts to improve the quality of life for the military community.

USA Together, a Web site that links wounded service members with donors, was the overall winner, receiving a $15,000 grant and a bust of Paul Newman, provided by Newman’s Own, which sponsored the competition, along with the Fisher House Foundation and the Military Times Media Group, which publishes Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times.

USA Together’s founder, Dave Mahler, said he plans to use the $15,000 to create a program working with other veterans service organizations to allow more help to flow to veterans with unmet needs.

Since USA Together became fully operational in December, donors have helped about 150 families through the site. Needs vary from help with child care costs or purchasing new tires, to help making a mortgage payment or buying a mattress.

“The requests are shockingly mundane,” Mahler said.

“This is the most polite, grateful, thankful group of people I’ve ever worked with,” Mahler said. “These service members are a joy to work with. They thank you for answering the phone.”

During the ceremony, Mahler said his initial idea was “let’s just put the list on the Internet and people will step up.”

Although getting the idea up and running was harder than one would think, he said, “Americans have proved they would step up and meet these needs.”

On any given day, you won’t see a lot of requests for help on the USA Together Web site, Mahler said; there are so many donors out there ready to help injured and wounded service members, and their families and Gold Star families, that requests are fulfilled quickly.

Remembering 9/11 & Freedom Walk

Tomorrow is Patriot Day and a special day to commemorate September 11th, 2001.  We remember those Americans who were lost on that horrific day.  We honor all of those who serve our nation past and present.   We honor our everyday heroes, fire personnel, police, doctors, nurses and emergency medical personnel.

MilitaryConnection.com is honored to partner for the 4th year with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to produce the 9/11 Freedom Walk.  Personally, for me, this is a day to come together as Americans.  We may have differences and different points of view.  At the end of the day, we are all Americans and we live in the greatest country in the world.

Please find below our Media Advisory for this event and remember and honor all of our nation’s Patriots and one another.

Warm regards,

Debbie Gregory, CEO


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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (www.reaganlibrary.com) is joining forces with MilitaryConnection.com to bring to our city the fourth annual Simi Valley Freedom Walk on Friday, September 11th.   Please join us as we remember the victims of September 11th, and honor our troops who continue to fight for freedom.


4:15PM – Pre-program patriotic music; 1st Marine Division Band, United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton

5:00PM – Program begins, which includes:

  • Colonel Nicholas Marano, Commanding Officer, United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton
  • J.R. Martinez, a wounded warrior who has since become a breakout star on “All My Children”
  • Bonnie Carroll, founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Flyover

5:30PM – Walk begins – The 1.8 mile route will begin in the Reagan Library’s courtyard and will conclude at
Rancho Madera Community Park off of Wood Ranch Parkway.

6:00 PM – Walk concludes.  Light refreshments will be offered and Air National Guard Band of the Southwest will provide post-program musical entertainment at the park.  Complementary shuttle service will return the
participants to their cars at the Library.

To register, go to www.reaganfoundation.org/events and click on “9-11 Freedom Walk”, or call 805-522-2977.  The first 1,000 people who register for the walk will receive a free “Freedom Walk” t-shirt and an American flag.

Also, from September 1st through September 30th the Reagan Library, in conjunction with “For The Troops” will be collecting donations for U.S. Soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Library’s main lobby.  Items must be unwrapped and in original packaging, including: packets of trail mix, peanuts, gum, hard candy and beef jerky; snacks that are not heat sensitive and will not melt in hot temperatures; individual packets of lemonade or Crystal Light for water bottles; CDs and DVDs; used video games; AA batteries; stationery; and pre-paid phone cards.  Only miniature hygiene items will be accepted.

The Reagan Library and MilitaryConnection.com would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of this event:
Air National Guard Band of the Southwest; The American Red Cross of Ventura County; The City of Simi Valley; CocaCola Enterprises; Command Performance Catering; Custom Printing; The Flag Factory; For The Troops; The Jelly Belly Candy Company; Larry Borovay of Simi Valley; Naval Base Ventura County; All American Audio Visual; Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District; Rebecca Davey and Sequoia Middle School Choir; RoadRunner Shuttle and Limousine Service; Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise; Starbucks of Simi Valley; USMC Camp Pendleton’s First Marine Division Band.

Where: The courtyard of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA


Nominate Your Top Military or Veterans Affairs Doctor

Silver Star Families of America and MilitaryConnection.com are on a quest to find the best Military and Veteran Affairs primary care physicians who serve you. We believe that those who serve and our Veterans deserve the leading edge healthcare and caring and compassionate physicians.

We want to recognize the best of the best who deliver military healthcare and veteran healthcare for the “Above & Beyond Primary Physician Awards”. The most important measure of how well a job a doctor is doing is through the patient’s feedback. The nomination and selection process for this program will totally be based on what those patients say. We encourage you to nominate deserving physicians.

Silver Star Families and MilitaryConnection.com will be profiling some of these fine physicians.

Nominate your Doctor!

In your email, please include the following:

  • Your Doctor’s full Name
  • The Hospital they are affiliated with
  • Why you feel this doctor should be nominated (any background you wish to include)
  • Your Name
  • Your Email & Phone number (for verification of the nomination)