Supporting Our Military with SDMAC

Decorated POW Authors Family’s History of Military Service and His Imprisonment During Vietnam War

Jim Bedinger, a charter member of the San Diego Military Advisory Council and a decorated POW during the Vietnam War, discusses his book, Patriot, Prisoner, Survivor: An American Family at War.

Issuing High School Diplomas to Military Veterans; UPLIFT’s Star-Spangled Tribute

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of SDMAC, is joined Nicole Shina, Special Programs Assistant for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), and Norm Johnson, a Korean War veteran, to talk about SDCOE’s “Operation Recognition” program that retroactively issues high school diplomas to WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War vets, such as Johnson. Johnson chats about his book, Four Planes Started, Two Finished. Monica Ball, an UPLIFT Board Member, chats about her organization’s mission and it’s Star-Spangled Tribute, slated for Friday, November 15 at the Admiral Kidd Club.

USS Midway Museum and Vets Community Connections Enhance Lives of Those Who Have Served

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of SDMAC, is joined RADM Mac McLaughlin, USN (Ret.), President & CEO of the USS Midway Museum, and Bill Loeber, Program Manager for Vets Community Connections (VCC), to talk about the positive impact their organizations provide veterans and their families in San Diego County. McLaughlin chats about the Midway Museum as a thriving community asset, while Loeber discusses VCC’s mission to assist veterans, active duty personnel and their families successfully integrate into their communities.

New Initiatives Enhance Footprint of Meals On Wheels San Diego County; Venerable CEO to Retire

Debbie Case, President & CEO of Meals On Wheels San Diego County, chats about new initiatives and upcoming events of the nearly 50-year-old organization. Case discusses her retirement at the end of the year.

Premier Customer Service, Affordability Lead to Explosive Growth of Chuze Fitness Clubs

Farel Hruska, Director of Education and Culture for Chuze Fitness, discusses the fitness club’s unprecedented growth and the experiences that differentiate it from other fitness experiences.

San Diego Organizations Champion Community Collaboration to Support Veterans and their Families

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of SDMAC, is joined by Ron Stark, President of the San Diego Veterans Coalition, and Kim Mitchell, President & CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, to discuss how their respective organizations provide much-needed support to the hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families that reside in San Diego County.

Decorated Marine Veteran Actor Promotes Realistic Military Action in Hollywood Films; to Speak at Union-Tribune Successful Aging Expo on Nov 2

Mark Balmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council, is joined by Captain (Ret.) Dale Dye, an American actor and decorated Vietnam War marine, to talk about Dye’s Wounded Warriors organization that specializes in portraying realistic military action in Hollywood films. Dye will the keynote speaker at the Saturday, November 2 Veterans Program at the annual Union-Tribune “Successful Aging Expo” on Saturday, November 2. Balmert is joined by Jenn Jordan and Rachael Medlin of The Rosie Network to discuss the Network’s mission to build stronger military families through the development of entrepreneurial programs.

The Military Moves The Economy: Military impact on San Diego economy is deep, broad and growing

Mark Ballmert, Executive Director of the San Diego Military Advisory Council and Andrew Dyer, Military Reporter for the Union Tribune, discuss the tremendous and growing impact of the military on the San Diego region. From civilian jobs and stationed soldiers to housing and NAVWAR, San Diego continues to capture military and defense industry investments. They also talk about the Miramar Air Show, the largest military air show in the United States, a source of great pride for San Diego and the military.

“Courage to Call” is Laser-Beamed on Mental Well-Being of Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

Christina Harner, Program Manager for Courage to Call, a program of Mental Health Systems, talks about her organization’s mission to improve mental wellness for Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists. Harner is joined by Mark Balmert, Executive Director of SDMAC, to discuss the October 10 rollout of the annual San Diego Military Economic Impact Study and the October 23 SDMAC Breakfast. Both Balmert and Harner chat about their organizations’ involvement in the November 2, Union-Tribune “Successful Aging Expo” Veterans Program.