ROB O’NEILL TO SPEAK AT THE HONORING THE SACRIFICE FOUNDATION’S 5TH ANNUAL AMERICAN HEROES DINNER
Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation announced that the organization will host its 5th annual “American Heroes Dinner” Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. This patriotic evening acts as a key fundraiser for the organization which provides direct assistance to severely wounded members of the armed services.
This year’s event will feature Robert J. O’Neill, U.S. Navy (Retired) as its keynote speaker. Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has deployed more than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war.
A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process.
O’Neill’s New York Times Best-selling book, The Operator, was released on April 25th. The Operator takes readers on a journey into these missions, providing intimate accounts of the rescues of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates and of “Lone Survivor” SEAL Marcus Luttrell from behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. It offers powerful stories about—and new insights into—our war against terror, and captures the fierce and unique brotherhood among SEALS—many of whom spend up to 300 days away from their families and rely on team members for their survival. Most notably, the book recounts the painstaking preparation for and execution of the clandestine U.S. attack on Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Pakistan in May 2011.
“We’re very excited to have Mr. O’Neill deliver the keynote. We think this year’s American Heroes Dinner will be extraordinarily powerful,” Honoring the Sacrifice president Todd Smith said when announcing the speaker.
The annual dinner is scheduled for July 13. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m., with a program and keynote presentation at 8 p.m.
2017 American Patriot Award
Each year at their annual American Heroes Dinner, Honoring The Sacrifice presents their American Patriot Award to a company, organization, or individual who demonstrate a commitment to supporting and assisting our nation’s wounded veterans. This year’s recipient was WUSY US-101. In front of a sold-out crowd, Ken Hicks accepted the award on behalf of US-101. The American Patriot Award is a beautiful and artistic one-of-a-kind piece created by artist Chris Mosey for the foundation by iGNiS Glass Gallery & Studio in Chattanooga, TN.
Honoring the Sacrifice is proud of the next generation of Marines. The Southeast Tennessee Area Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls. Last fall the Young Marines raised pledges and donations through a ruck-a-thon for HTS, and at the American Heroes Dinner they assisted in a variety of ways. The Young Marines are committed to character building, leadership, and the promotion of a healthy drug-free lifestyle. Honoring the Sacrifice appreciates their support, and encourages them to honor and respect our veterans.
We were privileged to host a group of true heroes at our dinner event last summer. Those who have served and sacrificed deserve our honor and respect for all that they have done to promote the cause of liberty. Pictured with our heroes is Lt. Col. Oliver North, our keynote speaker at this year’s American Heroes Dinner. Honoring the Sacrifice extends our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the service of all our veterans.
Honoring The Sacrifice would like to introduce you to our latest hero, SFC Aaron Causey (U.S. Army retired). Aaron enlisted in the Air Force in 2000 and reported for duty in Italy a week after [...]
- Provided customized lawn mowers with hand controls to assist two double amputees who were wounded in Afghanistan.
- Provided a snow blower for a hero in Minnesota who suffered a back injury while deployed in Iraq.
- Provided housing adaptations for a combat medic living in Colorado.
- A young veteran and his family needed assistance acquiring a vehicle following a serious car accident. Honoring the Sacrifice was able to help.
- Honoring the Sacrifice purchased the lumber for a home build project for a double amputee who needed a specially adapted home.