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American Valor Podcast: Semper Fi with Marine Corps Reserve Major Chad Lennon

Marine Corps Reserve Major Chad Lennon speaks about his decision to join the Marine Corps and his service in both the active and reserve components of the Marine Corps, as well as his decision to attend law school. In 2010, Major Lennon deployed to Afghanistan, receiving the Purple Heart and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his service to our country. Major Lennon then earned his Doctor of Law degree from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he currently serves as Director of the Veterans and Servicemembers’ Rights’ Clinic.

Major Lennon encourages individuals interested in the military to research the four branches and speaks about the close connection among members of the military and the significance arising from service to others and country.

As an advisor to the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation and a community athlete for the Semper Fi Fund, an organization assisting injured veterans in all branches of the armed forces, Major Lennon became a Guinness World Record holder in the summer of 2019. His effort to earn the fastest one mile time pulling a 400 pound chain raised over $6,000 for the Semper Fi Fund.

Hear Major Lennon discuss the the Marine Corps slogan Semper Fi…Always Faithful.

Listen to the episode wherever you find podcasts, or on our website: https://actofvaloraward.org/american-valor-podcast/

Tommy Lasorda: Reflections on a Life in the United States of America

The great American and ambassador of baseball Mr. Tommy Lasorda shares insights from his established career with the Los Angeles Dodgers on the American Valor Podcast. Tommy preaches his passion for Dodgers baseball, the military and the United States of America.

Mr. Lasorda was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 following his 20 years leading the Dodgers from 1976 to 1996, including 1,599 wins, four National League pennants and two World Series Championships, in 1981 and 1988.

Starting his professional baseball career in 1945, Lasorda left minor league baseball for two years to serve in the United States Army. Listeners will hear about the greatest moment from Mr. Lasorda’s 70-plus years in baseball and be inspired by Mr. Lasorda’s incredible passion for Bob Feller, the Dodgers and the United States of America.

Listen to Tommy’s episode wherever you listen to podcasts, or on our website: https://actofvaloraward.org/american-valor-podcast/

Baseball and Military on the American Valor Podcast

Recently on the American Valor Podcast: coach Paul Kostacopoulos, Reds legend Johnny Bench and the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton. Future episodes include Naval Academy graduate and former Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris, the 15th Force Master Chief of the Navy Reserve CJ Mitchell, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda and Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly! Released every other Monday, the American Valor Podcast can be found on most podcast platforms.

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American Valor Podcast: the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton

On the American Valor Podcast, the 70th Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable John H. Dalton, reflects in depth on his life growing up in Louisiana, attending the United States Naval Academy, serving as an Officer in the Navy, working in private business and in government service. Mr. Dalton speaks about the challenging times he has faced in life as well as the positive attitude and support allowing him to persevere and grow. Mr. Dalton, embodying the Navy’s values of honor, courage and commitment, speaks about the significance of service and the importance of character in leadership. Mr. Dalton provides listeners with three simple constants to provide guidance and assurance throughout life: faith…family…and friends.

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Command Sergeant Major Steve Curtis on the American Valor Podcast

Today we are reviewing our second conversation on the American Valor podcast with Retired Command Sergeant Major and Education Committee Chair Steve Curtis. Steve discusses his career serving in the infantry in the US Army, what it means to him to know that his family was supported at home while he was away, as well as his personal relationship with Bob Feller, which led him to become an active member of the Act of Valor Foundation. Thank you for sharing your experience within the service and support of the foundation, Steve!

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American Valor podcast: episode one with foundation President Mr. Peter Fertig

This week we are reviewing our first eight episodes on the American Valor podcast and looking forward to future episodes, including Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tommy Lasorda, the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton and many more. We release a new episode every other Monday. We were first honored to be joined by the founder and President of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Mr. Peter Fertig! Hear Peter speak about his inspiration and dedication to creating the foundation at the intersection of baseball and the military, with the goal of honoring those who serve as well as teaching the youngest generation the virtues of citizenship, service and sacrifice to country.

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Medal of Honor

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, we remember and honor those bestowed with the most prestigious military decoration, the Medal of Honor. An article on the challenges these individuals face:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-a-lifelong-burden-the-mixed-blessing-of-the-medal-of-honor-11558695600

Happy 242 America

Thank you to all those who serve and help make this country a little stronger.  Happy Independence Day.