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.
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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
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