Letter from Hollywood – Tom Sherak

Tom Sherak – whose remarkable career has seen him at the pinnacle of motion picture marketing, distribution and production – now serves as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization most recognized for awarding the Oscars. Previously, he was a partner at Revolution Studios, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Domestic Film Group and consultant for Marvel Studios.

To the brave men and women who protect our country:

We enjoy an incredible standard of living in the United States, and in Hollywood, as a direct result of your hard work and sacrifice. You volunteer so much of yourselves to protect our way of life and freedom. I wanted to write to tell you it does not go unrecognized or unappreciated.
In 1967, I had the privilege of serving in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. I truly understand what it means to be away from your family and friends in service to a bigger cause. That is why I say to the spouses and children of our troops: thank you for the sacrifice you make on a daily basis.

I have worked with many retired members of the military who now consult with such care and expertise as advisors on our films, and I am continually impressed with their personal and professional standards of excellence.

From my family to yours, thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for your courage, your strength and your selflessness. Though words are insufficient, they are truly heartfelt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we wish you a blessed tour of duty, and a safe return home to your loved ones. Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Tom Sherak

Letter from Hollywood – Bonnie-Jill Laflin

A huge supporter of the troops, Bonnie-Jill Laflin is the first and only female scout in the NBA, working for the Los Angeles Lakers. She’s a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and past ESPN Sports broadcaster. She’s earned five NBA championship rings and one Super Bowl Ring. And she’s been named by both FHM and MAXIM magazines to their annual “Sexiest Women” lists.

To all my Heroes,

I have spent my entire career in the sports and entertainment industries, working with world-renowned athletes and celebrities. To me, however, those who serve our country and sacrifice so much of themselves to ensure we enjoy our freedom are the true heroes. Supporting our troops is a personal mission for me; both my grandfathers, who served in World War II, and my uncle, who served in Vietnam, are decorated veterans (Silver Star and Purple Heart). I’ve been on 17 USO/Goodwill tours and visited our veterans/wounded warriors in hospitals. Each and every time I felt so honored and humbled to be in the presence of the heroic and courageous character of each and every one of you.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers each and every day, and I love you all.

God bless our troops!
Bonnie-Jill Laflin

Letter from Hollywood – Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim is an accomplished actor who played Jin Kwon for all six seasons of LOST on ABC. Currently starring in HAWAII 5-0, his many credits also include stints on ER and 24.

To our loyal troops serving at home and around the world:

I wanted to take a moment to send to you a heartfelt message letting you know how much I appreciate your sacrifice on behalf of our country.

No matter what your politics, religion, race, or creed, one thing I’m completely sure of is that the men and women who defend our country deserve nothing less than 100 percent of our support. You make our country proud; you make me proud to be a fellow American.

So as you read this – many of you missing your homes and loved ones as you risk your well-being – please know that there is a nation of Americans who remain eternally grateful for every sacrifice you make on our behalf.

With gratitude and respect,

Daniel

Much More Than a Catchphrase

In the military, the goal is to “Leave No Soldier Behind”. Given all of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women in our Armed Forces, our nation needs to adopt a policy of “Leave No Veteran Behind”. Yes, our nation has economic problems, but the statistic of 27% unemployment for young Veterans is grossly disproportionate in comparison to the national figure of 9.4% unemployment among non-veterans. Unless we take action to make changes, this figure will be on the rise, as more of our troops are withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Historically, our veterans have given the American people and the United States Government a blank check for an amount up to, and including, their lives. It is up to us to make good on those checks by providing the resources that will help our veterans and their spouses find employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. In addition to jobs, we owe each and every veteran decent housing, first-class healthcare, and a quality education.

Military Connection, known as the “Go To Site”, was once again named a top 100 Employment Website by Weddles. We promote the hiring of transitioning military, veterans and their spouses because those who have served make outstanding employees in all occupational areas. They are disciplined, have a work ethic second to none, and are the ultimate team players. If all of these qualities weren’t enough, there are attractive tax credits for hiring Veterans. But the bottom line is that it’s the right thing to do.

Let’s all work together to “Leave No Veteran Behind” and make sure they have the opportunity to attain our American Dream that they have sacrificed to protect.

Debbie Gregory
CEO, Military Connection