Phoenix community invited to annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon
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The Veterans Medical Leadership Council welcomes all patriots to join them for the 21st Annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, presented by GlobalMed.
The celebration is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Arizona Biltmore and provides the opportunity to honor and celebrate the veterans and military service members who have and continue to ‘Stand in the Gap’ to defend American liberty and freedom.
The VMLC Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to “honoring and serving our military heroes.”
Founded in 1999, the Veterans Medical Leadership Council continues to stand firm in its mission to assist veterans in crises, encourage initiatives that honor our heroes, and endorse quality medical and mental health care for our veterans.
Through its Returning Warrior Program, the VMLC works closely with the VA Medical Center social workers to provide veteran emergency financial assistance not offered by government. This assistance helps a veteran keep their home/housing, find a job, and keep their family together.
VMLC Charities also supports the Arizona Stand Down, Boulder Crest Retreat for Post-Traumatic Stress in Sonoita, Ariz., and Navajo Veterans living off the grid.
The event theme this year is “Honoring Those Who Serve.”
This years’ keynote speaker is Col. Kim “KC” Campbell, (US Air Force – Retired). Col. Campbell served in the Air Force over 24 years as a fighter pilot and senior military leader. She has flown 1,800 hours in the A-10 Warthog, including more than 100 combat missions protecting troops on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, Kim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism after successfully recovering her battle-damaged airplane after an intense close air support mission in Baghdad.
The VMLC is honored to have Martin Harvier, President of the Salt River Pima Indian Community, as this year’s Honorary Luncheon Chairman. Additionally, the highly respected Brigadier General Tom Browning Community Heroes Award will be presented to MD Helicopters for their continued dedication to U.S. service members and their families.