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Don’t Miss “War and Recovery” with Dave Roever on TBN!!!

TBN has put Dave on air so he can reach more suffering souls with the Truth that will transform them and set them free of their PTS forever! So excited to see this premiere!

I was blessed to meet Dave Roever and hear him speak at the 2010 Road to Recovery Conference in Orlando when I was working for VeteranCaregiver.com   His story is so inspirational, but his love for God and warriors, is even more so.  He has been a such a gift to the military community and has helped to heal several veterans that I’ve known.  He has been able to open their hearts and minds to the gospel and they have been healed!  We know too many veterans suffer everyday with post traumatic stress and suicidal ideations and there is not enough talk about the healing power that is experienced through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Understanding the LOVE God has for each of us and discovering our true identities is the first step.  Praise the Lord for TBN taking his speaking talent and putting him on air, so that we can reach more suffering souls around the world.  Make a point of watching!

Don't Miss "War and Recovery" with Dave Roever on TBN!!!

TBN has put Dave on air so he can reach more suffering souls with the Truth that will transform them and set them free of their PTS forever! So excited to see this premiere!

I was blessed to meet Dave Roever and hear him speak at the 2010 Road to Recovery Conference in Orlando when I was working for VeteranCaregiver.com   His story is so inspirational, but his love for God and warriors, is even more so.  He has been a such a gift to the military community and has helped to heal several veterans that I’ve known.  He has been able to open their hearts and minds to the gospel and they have been healed!  We know too many veterans suffer everyday with post traumatic stress and suicidal ideations and there is not enough talk about the healing power that is experienced through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Understanding the LOVE God has for each of us and discovering our true identities is the first step.  Praise the Lord for TBN taking his speaking talent and putting him on air, so that we can reach more suffering souls around the world.  Make a point of watching!

Patriot Promotions Provides National Heroes for SFC 2015 Gala

Patriot Promotions provides talent management for successful charity event.

Patriot Promotions was honored to provide talent management for this Military Heroes themed event.  Every year this anticipated gala brings in hundreds of supporters to hear world class speakers such as; Rudy Guiliani, Laura Bush, Condie Rice and last year, Ben Carson.

We gathered some of our bravest warriors, heroes and notable friends to show their support at the Carlsbad McClellan Airport.  It was an elegant affair, hosted in a stylishly transformed Jet Source hanger.   Special guests and speakers included;

  • Taya Kyle, Veteran Advocate and wife of our friend and patriot, Chris Kyle (RIP)
  • Clint Bruce – Navy SEAL and former NFL (Ravens) player, motivational speakerDick Marcinko – Original SEAL Team 6 Commander and SEAL legend
  • Ed Eaton- Army Sniper Legend and MOH nominee
  • Craig “Sawman” Sawyer – Navy SEAL Sniper, Actor, tactical trainer, and his lovely wife, Tressa
  • Jim DeFelice – Author of American Sniper and American Wife, Rogue Warrior and others
  • 25 other Military active duty and retired Special Operations, as well as, other notable patriots.

The 2015 Annual Evening to Remember for Solutions for Change, raised over a million dollars to help permanently end family homelessness in N. San Diego county. The enterprising model vows to support the local growing veteran homeless problem now and in the years to come.

For more info: contact@patriotpromotions.us

‘What I Really Want to Say’ debut’s #76!

Steven Ybarra -iTunes051015 (1)   One of the most gifted, honest musicians to emerge from San Diego’s thriving singer-songwriter scene in years, national recording and touring artist Steven Ybarra, has captivated crowds across North America with his voice, guitar, and keen ear for that perfect melody. An accomplished and innovative standout, Steven Ybarra has put out eight captivating, heartfelt albums of passionate pop gems. Along the way he’s earned not just devoted fans, but numerous accolades, including four San Diego Music Awards and 1st place at the Durango Songwriting awards for ‘Sum of Two Hearts’.  Steven has shared the stage with Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jeremy Camp, Sugar Ray, and countless others.  His modern country and pop songs have been featured on MTV, ESPN, in motion pictures and documentary films.  His albums ‘Love Love Love’ and ‘Best Days’ have helped build his solo career to what it is today, and now his 3rd CD, What I Really Want to Say, is set to catapult him all the way to the top of the country charts!  Steven is currently signed with Pacific Records and lives in Del Mar, California.  Contact Jill Trammell for PR, booking and cross promotions.

Hear for yourself why Steven is a new favorite artist for country music lovers everywhere!  Great song!

 

'What I Really Want to Say' debut's #76!

Steven Ybarra -iTunes051015 (1)   One of the most gifted, honest musicians to emerge from San Diego’s thriving singer-songwriter scene in years, national recording and touring artist Steven Ybarra, has captivated crowds across North America with his voice, guitar, and keen ear for that perfect melody. An accomplished and innovative standout, Steven Ybarra has put out eight captivating, heartfelt albums of passionate pop gems. Along the way he’s earned not just devoted fans, but numerous accolades, including four San Diego Music Awards and 1st place at the Durango Songwriting awards for ‘Sum of Two Hearts’.  Steven has shared the stage with Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jeremy Camp, Sugar Ray, and countless others.  His modern country and pop songs have been featured on MTV, ESPN, in motion pictures and documentary films.  His albums ‘Love Love Love’ and ‘Best Days’ have helped build his solo career to what it is today, and now his 3rd CD, What I Really Want to Say, is set to catapult him all the way to the top of the country charts!  Steven is currently signed with Pacific Records and lives in Del Mar, California.  Contact Jill Trammell for PR, booking and cross promotions.

Hear for yourself why Steven is a new favorite artist for country music lovers everywhere!  Great song!

 

In the News: Friends and Patriots – ‘Normal people with a crazy story’

brian-kolfage

‘Normal people with a crazy story’

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 9:17 PM

SANDESTIN — When Brian Kolfage and his family venture out to eat in a local restaurant, one of two things usually happens.
Scenario one: Moved by the sight of the handsome young man with the prosthetic legs and arm, an anonymous diner will pick up his bill out of gratitude for his service.

Scenario two: Awed and perhaps a little uncomfortable, people will hesitate to speak to the family.

VIDEO: See an interview with Brian Kolfage

“I guess people are worried about intruding, and they don’t quite know how to act around us,” Kolfage said. “But the truth is, we’re just a normal family with a crazy story.”

That crazy story began a decade ago at Balad Air Base in Iraq, where the then-22 year old Kolfage was a senior airman on his second tour of duty.

On Sept. 11, 2004, he was severely injured when a 107mm rocket exploded just a few feet from where he stood.

“My friends came running out of the tent and surrounded me,” he recalled. “I was conscious, but I wasn’t really feeling any pain. I could smell smoke, and I could see that my right arm had been blown off. I couldn’t sit up enough to see my legs, and when I tried, one of my friends covered my eyes. He didn’t want me to see that my legs were gone.”

Fortunately, Balad’s hospital was located just a minute from where Kolfage lay bleeding. Medics arrived and rushed him into the emergency room, where doctors frantically attempted to stop his bleeding.

“I would have been dead if the hospital hadn’t been so close,” Kolfage said.

During his recovery, Kolfage came to realize that despite the severity of his injuries, he could still count his blessings.

“When I was younger, if you had told me that I might lose my arm and legs, I’d say I’d rather be dead,” he said. “But then I would see guys with terrible brain injuries – so bad that they didn’t even know their own family. I realized that I was lucky just to lose my limbs. I can still do things. I just have to learn to do them in a different way.”

After leaving the hospital just 11 months after he was wounded, Kolfage began the next chapter in his life. He married his wife, Ashley, four years ago. The couple have an 18-month-old daughter, Paris, and are expecting a baby in September.

With his growing family in mind, Kolfage recently decided to reconsider an offer made to him by actor Gary Sinise, whose foundation builds state-of-the-art homes for wounded warriors.

“Back then, I didn’t think I needed a house,” he said. “But with kids now, I realize that I need more space. Gary told me to decide where I wanted to live, and then we would work together to build the house.”

After visiting several parts of Florida, the couple decided on the Sandestin community. They are currently renting a small home there, but have found a lot where they would love to build their dream home.

“It’s just perfect for us,” Ashley Kolfage said. “Everything is so convenient. Brian can just get in a golf cart and go to the beach or take Paris to one of the parks.”

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP

While the Gary Sinise Foundation will pay for the cost of building a home as well as part of the cost of a lot, the foundation will not allow the Brian and Ashley Kolfage to go into debt to pay for the balance due on the land.

They are hoping to raise about $100,000 to make their dream of a permanent, handicapped-accessible home come true.

In the News: Friends and Patriots – 'Normal people with a crazy story'

brian-kolfage

‘Normal people with a crazy story’

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 9:17 PM

SANDESTIN — When Brian Kolfage and his family venture out to eat in a local restaurant, one of two things usually happens.
Scenario one: Moved by the sight of the handsome young man with the prosthetic legs and arm, an anonymous diner will pick up his bill out of gratitude for his service.

Scenario two: Awed and perhaps a little uncomfortable, people will hesitate to speak to the family.

VIDEO: See an interview with Brian Kolfage

“I guess people are worried about intruding, and they don’t quite know how to act around us,” Kolfage said. “But the truth is, we’re just a normal family with a crazy story.”

That crazy story began a decade ago at Balad Air Base in Iraq, where the then-22 year old Kolfage was a senior airman on his second tour of duty.

On Sept. 11, 2004, he was severely injured when a 107mm rocket exploded just a few feet from where he stood.

“My friends came running out of the tent and surrounded me,” he recalled. “I was conscious, but I wasn’t really feeling any pain. I could smell smoke, and I could see that my right arm had been blown off. I couldn’t sit up enough to see my legs, and when I tried, one of my friends covered my eyes. He didn’t want me to see that my legs were gone.”

Fortunately, Balad’s hospital was located just a minute from where Kolfage lay bleeding. Medics arrived and rushed him into the emergency room, where doctors frantically attempted to stop his bleeding.

“I would have been dead if the hospital hadn’t been so close,” Kolfage said.

During his recovery, Kolfage came to realize that despite the severity of his injuries, he could still count his blessings.

“When I was younger, if you had told me that I might lose my arm and legs, I’d say I’d rather be dead,” he said. “But then I would see guys with terrible brain injuries – so bad that they didn’t even know their own family. I realized that I was lucky just to lose my limbs. I can still do things. I just have to learn to do them in a different way.”

After leaving the hospital just 11 months after he was wounded, Kolfage began the next chapter in his life. He married his wife, Ashley, four years ago. The couple have an 18-month-old daughter, Paris, and are expecting a baby in September.

With his growing family in mind, Kolfage recently decided to reconsider an offer made to him by actor Gary Sinise, whose foundation builds state-of-the-art homes for wounded warriors.

“Back then, I didn’t think I needed a house,” he said. “But with kids now, I realize that I need more space. Gary told me to decide where I wanted to live, and then we would work together to build the house.”

After visiting several parts of Florida, the couple decided on the Sandestin community. They are currently renting a small home there, but have found a lot where they would love to build their dream home.

“It’s just perfect for us,” Ashley Kolfage said. “Everything is so convenient. Brian can just get in a golf cart and go to the beach or take Paris to one of the parks.”

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP

While the Gary Sinise Foundation will pay for the cost of building a home as well as part of the cost of a lot, the foundation will not allow the Brian and Ashley Kolfage to go into debt to pay for the balance due on the land.

They are hoping to raise about $100,000 to make their dream of a permanent, handicapped-accessible home come true.

My Experience: In Memory of Chief Chris Kyle, Friend and Hero

Colorodo Elk Hunting Trip with wounded vets

 Feb. 2nd will be marked on my heart forever.

I had the honor of knowing Chris Kyle and calling him a friend.

We met at SHOT Show in the Outdoor Channel office and I simply wanted to shake his hand and tell him “Thank You for your service”.   He invited me and a couple friends to attend a VIP party where we got to talk some more.  I am very intuitive about those who aren’t comfortable saying what they actually need to transition well, especially warriors.  I also tend to ask a lot of questions.   I was able to learn more about what was going on with his business and what his hopes and dreams were.  As I do for any warrior that I have worked with, I offered some ideas and told him I’d let him know if I found anything that he might like to do.  I knew this much, the man needed a vacation with other warriors… and he liked to hunt.

Shortly before he and Chad Littlefield were murdered, I had an opportunity to arrange for him to go on an Elk hunt in Colorado, with combat wounded warriors (pictured above).   When he returned, he wrote me saying what a great time he had, thanked me for making it happen and asked;

“How can a washed up old sniper like me do this for a living?”

Like most returning warriors, he needed to be in service to others and was a natural leader to those whose experience he could also understand.  It made him feel alive.

Chris was always humble and gracious.  I laughed, knowing that with my experience in non-profit start ups, a network of patriots who give selflessly to veteran causes and the endless supply of warriors needing this kind of connection, Chris could finally do exactly what he wanted and be very successful with it!  He was never looking for money or fame, he simply wanted to live out his days as an inspiration to his brothers, as they were truly an inspiration to him.

I began the market research, as well as, sending opportunities for licensing deals his way to help keep some money coming in and PR going out.   Often, the hardest person to promote is yourself, especially when you are part of a Special Ops community because you are opening yourself up to criticism for doing so.  As humble a warrior as he was, he would never self-promote.  He wouldn’t even take a cut of his book.  He gave the proceeds to the families of those who lost their lives in the SEAL community.

The sky was the limit for our partnership and a new day of hope had begun for both of us, I believe.  I was confident that he found what he truly wanted to do and could support his family while doing it.  Having the opportunity to work with him, even if only for a short time, was one of the great honors of my career.  I’ve heard people say that his family saw a difference in him, after that experience.  I am glad I made a positive impact on their lives while he was still with them.  That is all we can hope to do for those who have sacrificed so much in service to us.  Never forget that the families sacrifice as well!

When I learned of his murder, it was if a wave had crashed down on everything I thought was right in the world at the time.  It was so senseless, unexpected in his own backyard, yet we had talked about security and watching his back.  He would always be the “Devil of Ramadi” with a bounty on his head.   Chris didn’t let that stop him from living and moving about, enjoying life out of the sandbox, as he rightfully should.   While he still had a hard time trusting people in general, he also walked around with a sense of safety being on his home land, especially in Texas and with other veterans.

I attended the memorial with his BUDS roommate, along with the friends and family thanks to generous people who made sure we both were able to go on such short notice.  We were among true patriots such as; Sarah Palin, Dean Cane, Randy Travis and many other notable folks.  There was a ‘sea of SEAL’s he had come to know on his life’s journey and in ritual respect and mourning, laid their tridents on his casket (as pictured). It was heartbreaking to see so many, so hurt.Chris' casket w tridents

The elephant in the arena that day was the total disrespect from the Obama Administration.    Their lack of attendance and simple acknowledgement of our country’s loss was disgusting.  Especially noted by those of us who saw that they showed up to the funeral of a little girl killed by gunfire in Chicago, shortly thereafter.  Not that an inner city child didn’t deserve the respect, but it was seemingly a slap in the face to those who expected someone, ANYONE from the White House at Chris’ memorial.   It appeared very purposeful and I believe they disliked Chris because of his 2nd Amendment support, large veteran and civilian following and his books.  He was a threat to their agenda, plain and simple.  It still angers me to think about it.

There are some first hand accounts of his memorial floating around from other attendees which are factually correct. Rather than reiterate their stories, I’ve posted the best on my website and have added my experience here.  The Patriotism that was displayed that day by those who attended was awesome. Especially the Patriot Guard armed with tall flags, surrounding the stadium, both inside and out.  There was apparently a Westboro showing, but they were run off immediately. I can only imagine the aggressiveness that was shown by these amazing patriots to keep the memorial scum-free.

The streets were lined with people who came out with signs of condolence and support. They stood in the rain to pay their respects as we drove to his final resting place from Dallas to Austin. There were mothers with children (likely taken out of school that day), disabled veterans and elderly in wheelchairs, and everyone in between.  It was a picture of HOPE that American idealism and Patriotism is not dead. The press (less Texas) portrayed the opposite by their lack of coverage on the true events of that day.  However, those who were there know that we are still a country of Patriots with ideals and powers that are higher then ourselves we answer to.   Unity and love poured out for our country and its fallen hero.  It moved me more than anything I have ever seen and keeps me in the fight for what is right, to this day.  I know this much…

The Jihadists currently threatening to kill our military families or anyone else for that matter, won’t want to see what that looks like if they try to mess with them in person.  The shear number of civilian patriots who support veterans are totally underestimated!  Anyone threatening their community must realize that they have at minimum, at least 60-100 others to stand behind each of them and we are growing every day, thanks to this movie and our combined efforts.  With a community of at least 2% of our population, that’s quite a force to be reckoned with! 

It is my calling to help unite those of like mind and network for good. Chris would have wanted that for me and for our country. Whatever we can do, we MUST do. If we cannot DO something then we must GIVE something, to someone who can. There is a lot to be done and we cannot sit silently in fear that something will happen if we do.

Our time is short and their deaths must not be in vain. CHRIS & CHAD – WE WILL NOT GIVE UP THE FIGHT!

Join us:  contact@patriotpromotions.us   Our mission is to UNITE in business, action and deed to help those who served to thrive… not simply survive!

 

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