Celebrating Veterans Week… On the Wheel of Fortune!

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As iconic as the American flag and apple pie, the Wheel of Fortune game show has become a beloved phenomenon that millions tune into each and every night. Longtime hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White are not only game show royalty but the most genuine, down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet.

U.S. Veterans Magazine was extremely honored to not only be invited to a taping of Wheel of Fortune’s Veterans Week, but also to have the chance to sit down and chat with both Sajak and White about what this special week means to them.

Pat Sajak’s Army Experience:

‘The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’ Born and raised in Chicago, Pat Sajak always knew he wanted to go into broadcasting. He joined the Army in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War. Because he had some experience in radio, he thought he would be sent to the Armed Forces Radio in Saigon.

However, “the Army in its wisdom sent me to be a finance clerk, of which I had no experience,” laughed Sajak, who kept applying for a transfer to Saigon until he finally got it.

There, he spent a year and a half doing radio similar to the famed Robin Williams character in the featurePat Sajak Wheel of Fortune host holding U.S. Veterans Magazine film, “Good Morning, Vietnam!” “Guys would come in from the field and I’d be like, ‘he’s out there doing that and I’m in here playing records,’” said Sajak. “We tried to play just music on the station, with not a lot of military talk, and I think they [soldiers] were always grateful to have that little bit of home.”

Following his discharge, Sajak later went to work for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles as a weatherman, where he was discovered by Wheel of Fortune creator Merv Griffin.

“I was working in local TV doing the weather when Merv said he needed a host. He liked my stuff and here I am, 40 years later,” said Sajak, who’s been recognized by Guinness World Records® for having “the longest career as a game show host for the same show.”

When asked about Veterans Week, Sajak said, “One thing our contestants have in common with our audience is they appreciate the military and admire what these men and women are doing. The way we celebrate that is to celebrate them. Our audience loves it and we love it.”

Sajak is proud the Wheel of Fortune is truly America’s Game® and embodies those values naturally. “You look at other shows and it looks like everyone just stepped off the beaches of Southern California,” he said. “We have every size, shape, race, color and belief on our show.”

We asked Sajak about a past Veterans Week contestant who sabotaged her own game so a fellow veteran who was struggling financially could walk away with some winnings.

“This young lady was wiping the floor with everyone and was clearly going to be the, but then she started calling bizarre letters. I thought she had a stroke,” Sajak said. “She ended up losing the round but then it hit me what she was doing. Later, when we were backstage, I said to her, ‘you deliberately blew that, didn’t you?’ and she said, ‘yeah, I did.’ It says something about the military mindset.”

A key aside about game strategy: Buy vowels. “If you don’t buy vowels, you won’t win,” Sajak said.

The former veteran says he feels his military experience helped him mature as a person.

“Looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. What I gained in those three years were something I couldn’t have gained in years doing something else.”

A Chat with Vanna White on Lessons Learned Vanna White and her Dadand 7,000 Dresses

Famed letter-turner Vanna White became a household name when she became co-host of Wheel of Fortune in 1982. Since her debut, she has been revealing letters on the iconic puzzle board, clapping for contestants and dazzling the audience in a new gown every night.

How did you get your start on the Wheel of Fortune?
It all started when I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. I wrote in to be a contestant on the show. They wrote back and said if you’re ever in the area, give us a call and come audition. A few years later I auditioned for a different part and I was the lucky one.

I’ve now been here for 37 years.

Why do you feel it’s important to celebrate Veterans Week?
Because veterans are very special—my dad is a veteran who served in the Korean War.

How do you thank the veterans for all that they do?
This gives them a chance to have fun, win a little money and for us to recognize them for the incredible work they do.

What lessons did your dad teach you?
Where do I begin with that? My dad’s 94 years old and still with us, God bless him. He’s a kind man and believes in being real. He’s always kept me grounded. He’s just a good man.

We understand you’ve worn more than 7,000 gowns on the Wheel of Fortune, but never worn the same one twice.
Most of what I wear are samples so I have to fit in what they send me. My favorite dresses are the stretchy ones. I’ve been wearing a lot of cocktail dresses lately, which I like because I don’t trip in them like the long dresses.

A funny story: We take dinner breaks between show tapings and this one time I really overate and the dress was very tight. In the middle of a round, the belt popped off and fell on the ground. I just continued on as if it never happened!

I know you and Pat have a special relationship. Do you think it attributes to the success of the show?
I definitely do. We are like a brother/sister team. We have a genuine friendship and we respect each other. To be able to work with someone you like for 37 years is pretty good.

Be sure to tune in for Wheel of Fortune’s Veterans Week on November 4th – 8th on the Game Show Network (GSN) or on your local broadcast station.

Vietnam Veteran Wes Studi calls historic Oscar ‘overwhelmingly amazing’

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Cherokee actor, activist and Vietnam veteran Wes Studi is poised to become the first Native American actor to be presented with an Oscar at Sunday’s Governors Awards gala in Los Angeles.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in June that it planned to celebrate Studi’s extraordinary career with an honorary Oscar at its annual fall ceremony.

“It’s overwhelmingly amazing,” Studi told UPI in a recent phone interview.

“It’s recognition of a body of work that’s taken me 30-some-odd years to put together, and it really is kind of overwhelming that my peers in the business have recognized my work and think that it’s deserving of an award.”

The 71-year-old Oklahoma native — who is known for his unforgettable performances in the films Hostiles, AvatarGeronimo, The Last of the Mohicans and Dances with Wolves — was preparing his Oscar acceptance speech this week.

“I’m definitely getting nervous about it. I hope I am able to give credit where credit is due and to be able to see, as well as communicate with, people I have worked with throughout the past,” Studi said.

He also wants his remarks to convey to Native actors just starting out that “these things are possible.”

“It opens a door in a way,” he said. “It has provided possibility.”

Studi, who has eight projects in various stages of production, hasn’t given up his dream of winning a competitive Oscar.

“As much as I appreciate this award, I’m definitely still looking for that one award for an individual performance,” he said, adding he considers his work ethic among his greatest achievements.

“Just doing the best I possibly could has always been a goal of mine.”

Studi said he understands the impact art can have on people and appreciates being part of films widely regarded as timeless classics.

“Hopefully, the story gets across the intended purpose — not only entertaining, but also passing on virtues, as well as failings of our human race,” he said. “Storytelling is one of the most important ways of passing on cultures and of maintaining them.”

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Battleship IOWA Museum Hosts First Annual Steel Beach BBQ Fundraiser October 13, 2019 on the 244th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy

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Support Veterans Programming Aboard Battleship IOWA and enjoy live entertainment, BBQ, craft beer and wine tastings, country line dance lessons and more. 

The Battleship IOWA Museum is proud to host the first annual Steel Beach BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday, October 13 from 4-7 p.m. in support of Veteran’s Programming aboard the historic battleship to coincide with the 244th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy. The commemorative event pays homage to a U.S. Navy tradition, where sailors enjoy the relaxation of a beach party without having access to land. Guests are invited to come aboard and enjoy an array of sweet and spicy BBQ food, craft beer, wine tastings, and country line dancing lessons all while enjoying live music by teen sensations, Sean Oliu and The Coastline Cowboys.

“We are incredibly fortunate to host an event that not only pays tribute to the U.S. Navy but also benefits the Battleship IOWA Museum and our Veteran’s Reintegration Center,” shared Joleen Deatherage, Director of Development aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum. “We are honored to bring the community together 363 days a year while providing a haven for Veterans that wouldn’t be possible without the gracious support of our donors, volunteers, and community partners.”

The Veteran’s Reintegration Center offers a space where veterans of all ages are welcomed, respected, and invited to socialize and enjoy the comradery of other veterans in the unique physical environment of an iconic former military vessel. The Veteran’s Reintegration Center invites veterans and transitioning service members to participate in a variety of programs, activities, and opportunities that help provide the tools and skills needed to assimilate back into civilian life.

Hosted on the fantail of the famed battleship, Steel Beach is fun for the entire family with live music selections from “>Sean Oliu & The Coastline Cowboys, line dancing lessons from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, craft beer from Lagunitas and wine tastings from Cavaller Wine Exchange, all of whom are providing services pro bono in support of the fundraiser.

Tickets to Steel Beach BBQ are available now starting at $65 for adult members and $75 for adult non-members. Tickets for members under 21 years of age are $25 and $30 for under 21 non-members. Tickets can be purchased on the event website: pacificbattleship.com/steelbeach/. Parking is available at the Cruise Terminal Parking Lot. Please enter at First Street and Harbor Boulevard.

Special Room Rates are available at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located in San Pedro for the Steel Beach BBQ Fundraiser. Guests can use the promo code: SBB for exclusive room rates and complimentary shuttles to the Battleship IOWA Museum, Valid from Friday, October 12th through Monday, October 14th. For more information visit doubletree.hilton.com

Battleship IOWA Museum is located at 250 South Harbor Boulevard, Berth 87 in San Pedro. For more information on this event and museum programs visit pacificbattleship.com or call (877) 446-9261.

About Battleship IOWA

Entering service more than 70 years ago, the USS IOWA deployed to the South Pacific in the early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war and later, during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, as the Berlin Wall crumbled, the IOWA concluded her active duty.  Now serving the public as a not-for-profit historic naval ship museum, Battleship IOWA inspires civic engagement through Education, Veterans, and Community efforts.  Forged in war and guardian of peace, the proud ship is the sentinel of the Los Angeles Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history, having carried upon them three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly, thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by the IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA Museum is open to the public daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information on special events, group tours, educational programs and Naval retirement flag service, visit pacificbattleship.com.

Variety Presents Salute To Service Event

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Honorees for the Third Annual New York City Event on November 6th include David Boreanaz (on behalf of SEAL Team cast/crew), Dexter Goei, Tulsi Gabbard, Meghan McCain, Norah O’Donnell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Donnie Wahlberg and Shaun White presented by USO.

Variety has announced their third annual SALUTE TO SERVICE event, a celebration of the notable efforts and contributions by various individuals shining a light on military services and related organizations.

The luncheon will occur on November 6th and is presented by HISTORY Channel. The USO, with more than 78 years of strengthening America’s military by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation, is the premier sponsor of the luncheon.  Retired Army General George W. Casey Jr., the chairman of the USO Board of Governors and 36th Chief Staff of the U.S. Army, will give opening remarks.

“We are thrilled to announce the honorees for our third annual Salute to Service event whose support for our nation’s heroes is important and admirable. It is more critical than ever to recognize our troops and those who champion veterans causes and issues and to honor all in service to our country,” said PMC Vice Chairman, Gerry Byrne. Byrne is a United Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and works across all of PMC’s platforms to support Veteran’s initiatives.

“For over 25 years, HISTORY has been committed to honoring and supporting veterans and military families, and highlighting their stories of bravery and valor,” said Paul Buccieri, President A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. “We are proud to join with Variety to celebrate the contributions of our servicemen and women. We salute their service and thank them, not just on Veterans Day, but every day.”

The honorees include:

David Boreanaz (on behalf of the cast/crew of CBS’s SEAL Team). Boreanaz will be speaking on behalf of the creators, cast and crew of CBS’s SEAL Team and the work they do in supporting and portraying the military community accurately, through research and employment of veterans behind the scenes to accomplish this in an authentic and meaningful way. He will be presented with the award by SEAL Team Executive Producer and former Navy SEAL Mark Owen.

Dexter Goei, CEO of Altice USA, whose company is deeply committed to supporting veterans and their families through its programs for both hiring and training those who have served, along with fostering a culture that is supportive of both active and retired military. In addition, Altice USA makes its Altice Advantage internet program available to veterans and works with dozens of community partners to bring to life moments that recognize the efforts of veterans around the country with programs like Take A Veteran to School, Honor Flight and others.

United States Congresswoman and military combat veteran Tulsi Gabbard  As a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, veteran’s initiatives has been a key part of Congresswoman Gabbard’s platform. In her first year in Congress, Tulsi passed the very first bill she introduced, the Helping Heroes Fly Act, with unanimous support. This law ensures our disabled and severely wounded warriors receive dignified treatment and privacy while going through what could sometimes be painful or embarrassing airport security checkpoints.

Columnist, author and co-host of ABC’s The View, Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Senator John McCain who served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years. McCain has been a supporter of the troops and vocal against military discrimination.

Norah O’Donnell is an American television journalist and anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Her father, Francis O’Donnell, was a doctor and commander in the US Army for more than three decades, and her sister Mary also serves as a military physician. CBS News’ Profiles in Service franchise, which O’Donnell originated on CBS This Morning, highlights the work of members of our Armed Forces and Americans who dedicate their lives to helping others.

Born on a military base in the Philippines and named after a World War II marine hero, Lou Diamond Phillips, has a deep commitment to the veteran community, having previously served as a Veterans of Foreign Wars national spokesperson. In addition to being a spokesperson for the VFW, he was a spokesperson for the Veteran’s Administration for two years. He has also worked with the USO and The Wounded Warriors Project. As host of An Officer and A Movie for the Military Channel, he interviewed numerous top military experts and performed multiple outreach visits to Walter Reed. He was also asked to speak at the Vietnam Nam Memorial for Memorial Day 2013.

Actor and recording artist Donnie Wahlberg has played multiple military roles on television and film, most famously, Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton in HBO’s Band of Brothers. His family’s restaurant Wahlburgers is opening its first military installation on Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Wahlberg currently stars on the hit CBS series Blue Bloods as Danny Reagan who is a former Iraq War combat veteran and current Detective under his father the Police Commissioner of New York. Donnie will be presented his award by Blue Bloods Executive Producer and Showrunner Kevin Wade.

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and professional snowboarder and skateboarder, Shaun White.  He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder and has won 10 ESPY Awards. White is a supporter of the USO and in December 2018 he visited servicemen and women overseas as part of the USO Holiday Tour led by 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II will present White with the award.

CBS News’ Chief Investigative & Senior National Correspondent, Jim Axelrod, will host the exclusive luncheon, made up of approximately 150 invite-only guests, comprised of retired and active service members and their families, service contributors, entertainment and media insiders. The United States Marines Corps will provide a Color Guard.

About Variety

Variety has been the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 114 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded content, events and summits.

In May 2019, Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award and has been awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the 67th and 68th Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook facebook.com/variety; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety The Variety Group – Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, Indiewire,– is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

About HISTORY®

Presenting sponsor HISTORY® has an on-going commitment to supporting veterans and military families through the award-winning Mission to Honor campaign which includes on-air, digital, and social components. HISTORY mobilizes public support for veterans via PSAs, connects students nationwide with veterans through the Take a Veteran to School Day program and highlights veterans stories with the hashtag #HONORAVET. This campaign also includes partnerships with Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, Headstrong, TAPS, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, America’s VetDogs and more. For more information, visit veterans.com

About USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About PMC

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 260 million a month and reaches users in more than 175 countries as well as a collective 390 million social media followers. The company houses a constellation of globally prominent and legendary brands, including Variety, Rolling Stone, Deadline.com, WWD, Robb Report, SHE Media, BGR, IndieWire, Beauty Inc, Sourcing Journal, TVLine, FN, BlogHer, HollywoodLife, Gold Derby, and SPY. PMC delivers exceptional content to consumers, business leaders and organizations around the world across multiple platforms: digital, mobile, social, print, video, broadcast, and dynamic live events. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global leaders and influencers are informed, connected, and inspired. To learn more about PMC and its iconic brands, visit pmc.com.

Roche Partners with iHeartMedia to Present ‘iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military’ Concert to Bring Further Awareness of The Impact Diabetes Has On The Nation’s Veteran Population

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The Second Annual Concert Will Feature Performances from Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and the evening’s host Scotty McCreery.

Event Will Broadcast Nationwide On Veteran’s Day From The Country Music Hall of Fame, Honoring The One In Four Veterans Living With Diabetes In The U.S.

Roche recently announced that it has again partnered with iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in the United States, to present the iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military concert on Thursday, November 7,[1] at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. In recognition of National Diabetes Month, and the one in four U.S. veterans living with the chronic condition, the exclusive event will include performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and the evening’s host Scotty McCreery.

The iconic venue will be filled with American heroes from across the nation, and the performance will broadcast across iHeartRadio’s Country stations nationwide and livestream exclusively on LiveXLive.com at 7 p.m. local time on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.

 “With diabetes on the rise and affecting nearly 25 percent of the VA’s patient population,[2] this sponsorship fits our mission of helping people with diabetes live more active and unrestricted lives,” said Matt Logan, Vice President of Marketing, Roche Diabetes Care.As a proud Military Friendly® Employer,[3] the iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military partnership allows us to celebrate our servicemen and women while simultaneously raising much-needed awareness about diabetes among the military population.”

In support of this event, Roche is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to donate comfort kits to our military abroad.  Deployed troops will receive much-needed items, including healthy snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and other toiletries. “Our nation’s military needs the comforts of home while they are so valiantly protecting our freedom,” said Jeff Imel, Manager of Service to the Armed Forces and International Services for the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross. “We are grateful that Roche has recognized this need and is providing hundreds of comfort kits to our brave military members.”

“iHeartMedia has long been committed to honoring the men and women who have served our country by using our diverse platforms to address the most pressing issues facing our military. Over the years we have invested heavily in their transition from the military back into civilian life,” said Rod Phillips, EVP Programming for iHeartCountry. “iHeartCountry One Night For Our Military Concert is a natural extension of our deep commitment to our military and an opportunity to celebrate our service members while bringing attention to the high prevalence of diabetes among the military population.”

To learn more, visit accu-chek.com.

About the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross:
The Indiana Region serves 87 counties statewide through its six chapter areas: Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Greater Indianapolis (Regional Headquarters). For more information on the Indiana Region: redcross.org/indiana. Follow the Indiana Region on Twitter at: @INRedCross, on Instagram at: @indianaredcross or www.facebook.com/INRedCross.

About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including more than 850 live broadcast stations; streaming music, radio and on demand via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher globally. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About Roche Diabetes Care

Roche Diabetes Care is pioneering innovative diabetes technologies and services for more than 40 years. Being a global leader in integrated diabetes management, more than 5,000 employees in over 100 markets worldwide work every day to support people with diabetes and those at risk to achieve more time in their target range and experience true relief from the daily therapy routines. Roche Diabetes Care collaborates with caregivers, healthcare providers and payers to optimally manage this complex condition and contribute to sustainable care structures. Under the brand Accu-Chek and in collaboration with partners, Roche Diabetes Care creates value by providing integrated solutions to monitor glucose levels, deliver insulin and track as well as contextualize relevant data points for a successful therapy. By establishing a leading open ecosystem, connecting devices, digital solutions, Roche Diabetes Care will enable optimal personalised diabetes management and thus improve therapy outcomes. Since 2017, mySugr with its world-leading mobile diabetes management app and services is part of Roche Diabetes Care. For more information, please visit www.accu-chek.com and mysugr.com.

About Roche
Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.  Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. More than thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Moreover, for the tenth consecutive year, Roche has been recognised as the most sustainable company in the Pharmaceuticals Industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2018 employed about 94,000 people worldwide. In 2018, Roche invested CHF 11 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 56.8 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information, please visit roche.com.

Toby Keith and a veterans’ group teamed up to give a wounded Marine an all-terrain wheelchair

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Before Toby Keith took the stage for his concert in Pittsburgh, he had a special gift for retired Marine Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh.

While serving in Afghanistan in 2010, Rumbaugh was carrying a fellow Marine to safety when he stepped on an IED resulting in the loss of both his legs. After being fitted with a prosthetic he told CNN in 2012 that he worked hard for two years to beat the odds and walk again. Since then he has become a motivational speaker, sharing his story with others.

On Friday before the start of Keith’s show at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Rumbaugh was presented with an all-terrain wheelchair, courtesy of the country singer and a veterans’ nonprofit.

Rumbaugh told CNN affiliate WPXI he wanted this type of wheelchair because it will allow him be more active outdoors and play with his six-month-old daughter.

The Independence Fund, a nonprofit that assists wounded veterans, teamed up with Keith to give Rumbaugh the $16,000 wheelchair, along with backstage passes and a meet and greet with the singer.

As Rumbaugh was leaving the stage in his new wheelchair, the crowd started chanting “U-S-A!” The Marine enjoyed the concert from the side of the stage and even joined Keith onstage during his performance of “American Soldier.”

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From Seal Team Six To Stand-Up | Former Navy Seal Robert O’Neill Makes His Stand-Up Debut With Help From David Spade and Whitney Cummings

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He famously killed Osama bin Laden, but now, SEAL Team Six’s Robert O’Neill is trying out a new career in stand-up — with some help from David Spade and Whitney Cummings feeding him material in his ear.

This marks the fourth “Build A Comic” segment on Lights Out having previously featured NBA player Nick Young, Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder and Spade’s driver Matt Stonerock.

Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade is hosted by iconic comedian David Spade and follows The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday through Thursday each week.

The late night series, which debuted on July 29, 2019, features Spade’s signature take on the pop culture news of the day and includes a rotating group of his comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating sketches and field segments.

Watch the clip!

Source: Comedy Central

Steelers Honor World War II Veteran Brothers at Home Opener

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Two brothers who served in the Army during World War II were honored during the home opener for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks with the ATI Salute to Heroes Award.

Former Cpl. Theodore “Ted” Joseph Sikora, 99, served in the Battle of the Bulge in France in 1944 and 1945. Former Sgt. Ed Sikora, 95, served in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1943 and later in the Pacific theater of operations.

The brothers expressed thanks for the tribute. “We’re not used to this much recognition, and I’m very grateful,” said Ted Sikora.

Ed Sikora said he was proud to serve. “I cherished the opportunity to serve my country,” he said.

Although they are natives of Washington, Pennsylvania, both now live in the Pittsburgh area.

Ted Sikora was a crew member on a Curtiss C-46 Commando and Douglas C-47 Skytrain as a member of the 8th Army Air Force. Those transport aircraft dropped much-needed supplies to the besieged American soldiers.

He was stationed in England on D‐Day — June 6, 1944 — and remembers having trouble sleeping because of the noise from the airplanes taking off for France.

He also remembers planes returning damaged and on fire. He said he witnessed a lot of things he will never forget, and that he doesn’t really like to talk about.

After the war, Ted Sikora worked as a machinist. Now, he enjoys working out and taking Zumba classes.

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Semper Fi Trailer: Leighton Meester & Jai Courtney Test the Limits of Loyalty

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Lionsgate has come through today with a first look at their dramatic new thriller Semper Fi, which features a line-up of popular talent on the rise.

The movie features Jai Courtney in the lead. He is joined by Nat Wolff, Finn Wittrock, Beau Knapp, Arturo Castro and Leighton Meester.

Semper Fi is directed by Henry Alex Rubin.

He wrote the script alongside Sean Mullin. The story follows a police officer serving in the Marine Corps Reserves who is faced with an ethical dilemma when it comes to helping his brother in prison.

The movie will be in theaters October 4, 2019. It will also be getting a simultaneous release On Demand and Digital HD release.

Henry Alex Rubin has released this statement on Semper Fi.

“Semper Fi’ is the motto of the U.S. Marines, and means ‘always faithful. That motto also applies in deep friendships, where you are incapable of betraying each other, and stand up for each other no matter the pressure. If you’ve got just one person like that in your life, you’re lucky.”

The director also had this to say about the production.

“[We] wanted to write a film about that deep feeling of loyalty and love among friends. Before shooting, the cast spent lot of time training together, going out every night, cooking meals, partying, drinking, nearly getting into barfights, staying up till sunrise. It was the most fun we’ve ever had on a set and that sense of true camaraderie is reflected on screen.”

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40’s On The Fantail – 1940’s Inspired Wine, Beer & Food Festival Battleship IOWA

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Enjoy fine vintages, craft beer and delicious bites on the Battleship Iowa, while raising funds for Mission 22.

Step back in time with us and relive the incredible 1940’s aboard the historic Battleship USS IOWA. Top USO Style Entertainment ~ Headliner Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five led by Hilary Alexander, Live music by The Satin Dollz, Dance Exhibitions by the Hollywood It Girls, DJ Little Red, Vintage Cars, Photo Ops with Pin-Ups for Vets, Swing Dance Lessons, Best Dressed Contest and more!

Plus an official announcement commemorating the – End Of The War – All proceeds will directly benefit Mission 22, a non-profit organization.
 
 
Every day, more than twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero.

Sneak Peek – Dance Performances by Live Collegiate Shag

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Event Description: 40’s On The Fantail – Wine, Beer & Food Festival!

Date & Time: Saturday, September 28th – 5pm to 10pm

Venue/Location: Battleship USS IOWA, San Pedro CA

Fundraiser for Mission 22: https://www.mission22.com/#ourcause

Event Website: 40sonthefantail.com

Ticketshttps://40sonthefantail.eventbrite.com

  • General Admission – $65
  • VIP – $125

TALENT:

Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five, Led by Hilary Alexander

The Satin Dollz

Pin-Ups for Vets

Headliners – Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five,

Led by Hilary Alexander

Military Veterans Try and Overcome PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries Through Music

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DFD Music (dfdmusic.com/) recently announced the release of “Hits the Collection,” Shane Foster & Christopher Davis bring together an extraordinary group of musicians to join them, something that has never been done by military veterans and industry producers.

Notable collaborators and featured musicians delivering instrumental & vocal performances include Yo Gotti, Young Dolph, Boosie Bad Azz, and Project Pat. These are artists with diverse musical backgrounds coming together to create a timeless musical quality. “Hits the Collection” is available for purchase on all major digital platforms and on iTunes.

Check out “Hits the Collection” on Spotify HERE.

Buy tracks from “Hits the Collection” on iTunes HERE.

About DFD Producers Shane Foster and Davis Chris
DFD Music is a production company dually located in both Atlanta and Los Angeles. Helmed by producers Shane Foster and Davis Chris, DFD Music offers music production, engineering, songwriting and a wide variety of marketing directions for musical artists.

Shane Foster is an American producer and marketing executive, in addition to being a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served with distinction as an elite Paratrooper. Having first studied law, Shane is an alumnus of V.C.U., and an alumnus of The Los Angeles Film School where he obtained degrees in both Audio Engineering and Entertainment Business. Shane’s most recent work has graced the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart with Yo Gotti’s single “Play” (Remix), where it peaked at number 17. Shane’s other credits involve mentions in Hype Magazine as well as television, including collaborations with Showtime, MTV, BET, VH1 and Amazon Prime Video. Shane formed DFD Music with collaborating producer Davis Chris in 2016.

“Our purpose is to create music that heals the souls of everyday people and the veterans who have served. It is a battle every day for so many to stay mentally healthy after serving our country. There are too many men and women who have fought for the country like me that end up taking their lives because of depression and PTSD. This cycle needs to stop. Working in partnership with fellow veteran Christopher Davis and other unique artists to release this album has been a step in the right direction in helping those who need healing to be healed like us.” Shane Foster said.

An American songwriter, producer and engineer from Houston, Davis Chris is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. An alumnus of Sam Houston State University, Davis studied Kinesiology before also attending The Los Angeles Film School to obtain degrees in Music Production, Audio Engineering and Entertainment Business. Davis’s most recent work appeared on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, with Iggy Azalea’s album “In My Defense,” which peaked at number six for independent albums, and number 22 for Top Rap Albums in 2019. The album itself has been streamed over 220 million times to date.

Both producers are BMI and Grammy U members who provide fast and reliable service to all their clients, while living by the three Ds: Determination, Dedication and Discipline. They welcome media inquiries, in addition to reviewing and receiving new talent. Follow them on social media at:

Davis Chris: @godavischris for all platforms.

Shane Foster: @therealshanefoster on Instagram and Facebook.

DFD Music: @therealdfdmusic on Twitter