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Veterans Medical Leadership Council hosts Heroes Patriotic Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore

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The Arizona Biltmore plays host to an event next month that provides the opportunity to honor and celebrate American veterans and military service members who have and continue to “Stand in the Gap” to defend liberty and freedom. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Heroes Patriotic Luncheon honors
military and veterans of armed forces

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The Veterans Medical Leadership Council welcomes all to attend 20th annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, presented by GlobalMed.

The celebration is 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave.

The event provides the opportunity to honor and celebrate American veterans and military service members who have and continue to “Stand in the Gap” to defend 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 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 the federal and state governments.

This assistance helps a veteran complete their rehabilitation programs, find a job and keep their family together. VMLC Charities also supports the Arizona Stand Down, Central Arizona Shelter for the homeless, the VA Amethyst Clinic for Women, Boulder Crest Retreat for PTSD in Sonoita, Arizona, and the Arizona State Veterans Home.

This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American.”

Keynote speaker is Major Gen. Patrick Henry Brady, Army (Ret). Major Gen. Brady began in ROTC at Seattle University to enter the service as an officer when he was drafted after graduation. He earned the Congressional Medal of Honor after more than 2,000 combat missions and evacuated over 5,000 wounded over his two years in Vietnam. He retired after serving for 34 years and is now chairman of the Citizens Flag Alliance.

The VMLC is honored to have David McIntyre Jr., president and CEO at TriWest Healthcare Alliance, as this year’s honorary luncheon chairman. Additionally, the highly respected BG Browning Community Heroes Award will be presented to the USAA for their continued dedication to U.S. service members and their families.

Special recognition will be given to the following honorees for their selflessness and devotion to our country:

  • Dale Gladenning, Army, World War II;
  • Arthur Agosta, Navy, Korea;
  • Wayne Snider, USMC, Vietnam;
  • Kiamesha Guy, Navy, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.;
  • Sean Stoddard, Army NG, Operation Iraqi Freedom; and
  • Lee Huff, civilian.

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