Veterans Week

November 2017

AUSV wanted to bring something special to the veterans community for this year's Veterans Day--the opportunity to connect with members of the entertainment industry who represented military life to viewers of their series across the country. 

In order to give back, we partnered with the Office of VALOR Student Services at The George Washington University to give back to their institution, which has touched the lives of many veterans through encouraging them to continue their education. With their help, we hosted the event at the Milken Institute of Public Health and tried to foster greater understanding between the military and entertainment communities.

The receptions were hosted at Claudia's Steakhouse


Valor

Cast Members in Attendance

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Matt Barr

starring as "Captain Leland Gallo"

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W. Tré Davis

starring as "Jimmy Kam"

november 6, 2017 | MilkeN INstitute of Public Health

The week began on a high note when we partnered with CBS Television Studios and The CW Television Network for the special screening of Valor. The screening was followed by a Q&A and cocktail reception with cast members Matt Barr and W. Tré Davis. This exclusive screening provided members of the veterans community with a unique opportunity to have their voices heard through a televised platform. 

Q&A Moderator

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Donald Coolidge is a NYC based entrepreneur with a passion for consumer technology. Donald launched his first startup in 2011 and in 2014 he unveiled CogniToys, internet-connected smart toys that are changing the way a generation of digital kids learn and play. CogniToys are a Time Magazine Best Invention of 2015 and were tabbed as the “Best Use of A.I. in Education” by the coveted A.I. Awards.

Prior to becoming involved in technology Donald served 8 1/2 years in the Marine Corps to include time in Iraq and Africa. He’s passionate about mentoring young veterans and advocating for the veteran community. 

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The Brave

Cast Members in Attendance

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Anne Heche 

starring as "Patricia Campbell"

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Mike Vogel 

starring as "Adam Dalton"

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Demetrius Grosse 

starring as "Ezekiel 'Preach' Carter"

November 11, 2017 | Milken INstitute of Public Health

The Brave gives an insiders look into the dark and complex world of America's elite undercover military heroes. AUSV partnered with NBC to host an exclusive screening of this new series followed by a Q&A and cocktail reception with the cast and crew. We were also honored to be joined by special guests like the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin and members of The Old Guard

Q&A Moderator

Sherman Gillums Jr., a native of Buffalo, New York, began his military career in the U.S. Marine Corps a month after his high school graduation. During his 12-year military career, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in 1999, appointed to the rank of warrant officer in 2000, and commissioned a chief warrant officer in 2001. He was honorably discharged in 2002 following severe injury, after which he went on to pursue a new career in veteran advocacy. His military decorations include two Navy/Marine Commendation Medals, Navy/Marine Achievement Medal, Marine Drill Instructor ribbon, and Global War on Terror Service Medal. 

In 2004, Gillums joined Paralyzed Veterans of America as a VA benefits claims expert in San Diego, where he assisted veterans, families, and survivors with fighting for their entitlements. He later became involved with the local Paralyzed Veterans chapter and went on to become the chapter’s president and a member of the National Paralyzed Veterans Field Advisory Committee. He had worked as an appellate representative at the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, DC, before accepting the position of associate executive director of veterans benefits in 2011, deputy executive director in 2014, and executive director in January 2016. While serving as executive director, he influenced critical policy changes on Capitol Hill, raised the organization's public profile, and successfully championed an organizational culture of innovation and excellence. Today, he serves as Vice Chairman on the Federal Advisory Committee for Veteran Families, Caregivers, and survivors. 

A well respected commentator on veterans issues, Sherman has written opinion editorials for the NY Times, The Hill, and Buffalo News publications, and he has been regularly quoted in Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Military Times. He has testified before Congress as an expert witness on veterans benefits and has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS News, and
C-SPAN. He was named a "Mover and Shaker" in the Power 300 Spring 2016 issue of Savoy magazine and recognized one of HillVets 100 most influential people in veteran advocacy in 2016. Sherman is a graduate of University of San Diego's School of Business Administration and completed his executive education at Harvard Business School.