360° Coverage : Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Elects New Chairman

1 Updates
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Elects New Chairman
Photo Credit: PR.com

Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Elects New Chairman

May 15 2014, 2:21am CDT | by

Moves to strengthen governance include new vice-chair, additional director.

Leesburg, VA, May 15, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos


22 weeks ago

Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Elects New Chairman

May 15 2014, 2:21am CDT | by

Moves to strengthen governance include new vice-chair, additional director.

Leesburg, VA, May 15, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Lt. Col. Thomas J. Orlowski as its new chairman. The position was previously held by David Walker, who remains on the board as the Coalition’s president and chief executive officer.

The board also elevated Gail Laude to the position of vice-chairperson, and elected David Wetherell as its newest director. Bruce Kelly continues as secretary/treasurer. In addition, a new Audit Committee was formed, with Kelly and current director Tom Sircher serving in that capacity.

“These moves are the latest tangible signs of our commitment to strengthening the governance of our organization,” said Walker, who was named chief executive of the Coalition in July 2012. “Both Tom and Gail have stepped up as invaluable leaders and visionaries for the Coalition during their tenure as directors, and I know we will continue to benefit greatly from their experience, their ideas and their high expectations.”

Lt. Colonel Orlowski’s 20-year Army career included assignments in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), HQ U.S. Army Europe, HQ U.S. Continental Army Command and the Office of The Adjutant General of the Army. For his service in Vietnam, Orlowski was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Medal. His other awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He is currently an information systems, management and marketing consultant to government contracting firms.

“Since I joined the board in November 2012, I have witnessed first-hand the extraordinary work done by the Coalition as well as the great strides the organization has made in virtually every area of operations,” said Orlowski. “David has done an exceptional job leading us, and he will continue to do so for many years, I’m sure. I’m very proud to have been elected chairman, and I look forward to working even more closely with David, Gail and the rest of the board to make certain that the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes remains one of the most vital and respected veterans service groups in the nation.”

With more than 15 years of experience teaching and assisting individuals with severe learning, emotional and physical disabilities, Gail Laude has been an important contributor to the Coalition’s board since her appointment in August 2012. She currently has two sons deployed overseas in the global War on Terror. Her son Justin proudly serves in the Army, and Jonathan serves his country in the Navy.

“Serving on the Coalition’s board has been one of the true highlights of my career,” said Laude. “I could not be more proud of my affiliation with this organization nor could I be more bullish about its future. Very few people have had the privilege of witnessing the difference the Coalition makes in the lives of so many wounded veterans and their families, and I am personally committed to ensuring that this sacred trust continues as long as it is needed.”

David Wetherell served in the United States Army for 27 years, including the Army Special Forces Command (USASFC), 5th Special Forces Group (A) and 82nd Airborne Division. His primary duties through multiple combat deployments were to conduct or support direct action, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism and information operations to deter or prevent the acquisition of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), while neutralizing proliferation. Wetherell currently lives in Palm Beach, Fla., where he serves as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, assisting veterans in overcoming the barriers associated with severe mental illness, physical disabilities, homelessness and economic hardship.

“I’ve witnessed the Coalition’s fine work from afar for the last three or four years, and I’m honored that they’ve asked me to join them in a leadership capacity,” said Wetherell. “America’s combat wounded deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, but too often our government falls short. The Coalition stands in the gap and lends a helping hand when it’s needed most. You just can’t put a price on that.”

In other business, the board endorsed the formation of a new Grant Review Committee staffed internally and overseen by CEO Walker.

The Coalition’s Board of Directors is now comprised of six outside members and Walker.

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, based in Leesburg, VA, has provided an invaluable immediate lifeline to thousands of America’s wounded veterans since its establishment in 2004. The Coalition is distinguished from other veteran-focused organizations by its direct financial assistance to America’s wounded heroes. Its Emergency Financial Aid program has stopped foreclosure proceedings on veterans’ homes and kept their vehicles from being repossessed. The organization regularly provides gift checks to cover meals, medical and utility bills, clothing, car repairs and even baby diapers.

For more information on the Coalition, and to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.saluteheroes.org.

Contact Information:
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
Ladd Biro
Contact via Email
Champion Management is proud to be the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes' PR agency of record.

Read the full story here: http://www.pr.com/press-release/558419

Press Release Distributed by PR.com


Don't miss ...


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/29" rel="author">PR.com</a>
PR.com press-releases.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Baby rescued from Mexico's Metro station toilet bowl
Mexico City, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) A newborn baby was found alive over the weekend in a toilet at a public restroom in a Mexico City Metro station, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said.
13 killed in attacks in Shia areas in Iraq (Roundup)
Baghdad, Oct 20 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed and 48 injured Monday in separate bomb attacks in Shia areas in Iraq even as the country's top Shia cleric expressed support for the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Lavrov hopes Russia-US ties will not worsen
Moscow, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed hope Monday that Russia-US relations would not worsen further and said he disagreed that current ties could be characterised as "a cold war."
Bahrain clerics warned not to use places of worship for campaigning
Manama, Oct 20 (IANS) Bahrain authorities Monday warned religious leaders not to promote parliament and municipal candidates in mosques and places of worship ahead of the elections to be held next month.

Latest from the Network

1,074 new dengue cases in Chinese province
Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) China's Guangdong province has reported 1,047 new cases of dengue fever, health authorities said Saturday. Six people have already died in Guangdong -- five in Guangzhou and one in adjacent...
Read more on Business Balla
Blake Lively 'always' wanted to be mum
Blake Lively has ''always'' wanted to be a mother. The 27-year-old actress is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds and she admits she's been dreaming of this moment since she was a youngster. Speaking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Kris Jenner 'torn apart' by Bruce's new relationship
Kris Jenner feels ''torn apart and angry'' that Bruce Jenner is dating her former assistant. The 58-year-old matriarch split from the 64-year-old Olympic gold medalist last October following 22-years of marriage but is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini won't move to France
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini doesn't want to move to her husband's home country of France. The 'X Factor' judge, 31, who comes from Newcastle, is adamant she won't be relocating any time soon to suit her new spouse Jean-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Lance Bass sets wedding date
Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding. The former *NSYNC singer and his partner Michael Turchin, who have been dating for two-and-a-half years, are to tie the knot on December 20, 2014, a representative for the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
Nepal avalanche toll reaches 39
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (IANS) At least 39 climbers died while hiking on a key Nepali route after it was hit by a major snowstorm and avalanches earlier this week, BBC reported Saturday citing officials. Over 350 stranded...
Read more on Politics Balla
Jake Gyllenhaal says society is complicit in 'nightcrawling'
Jake Gyllenhaal says almost everybody in society ought to relate to his new movie 'Nightcrawlers'. The eagerly-awaited film concerns those people who monitor police scanners and then race to crime scenes to film eye-...
Read more on Movie Balla
India eves look for first win in AFC U-16 qualifiers
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) India will hope to register their first win of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Women's Championship qualifiers when they take on hosts Bangladesh in a crucial encounter at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
Moyes mulling return to management
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said that he is ready to revive his managerial career six months after being sacked by the 'Red Devils'. "I am ready to return. I have enjoyed the...
Read more on Sport Balla
Ebola fears loom over Ghana hosting AFCON
Accra (Ghana), Oct 18 (IANS) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) cautioned the government Saturday against hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), despite a request by the Confederation of African Football (...
Read more on Sport Balla