Those selected in this category have been successful in the art and entertainment sectors. From producing and directing movies that portray the lives of veterans and military service members, to developing programs that allow veterans to enhance their skills and talents, these individuals have pushed the envelope in the industry and have made headway for up and coming veteran artists, actors and entertainers.
Actor, Founder of Arts in the Armed Forces
Adam Driver is a USMC Veteran who recently starred as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He received three Emmy nominations for his role in the TV show Girls, and is the founder of Arts in the Armed Forces, an organization which brings the performing arts to troops around the world.
Learn More About Arts in the Armed Forces HERE
Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)
Sam is the President and Executive Director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership and an Echoing Green Global Fellow. ASAP offers supportive, expressive arts programs at no cost to service members, veterans, and military families by partnering with artists, arts organizations, and colleges located in areas with high military and veteran populations.
ASAP will be performing at the HillVets 100 Event on March 22nd!
While in college, Sam founded the W&M Center for Veterans Engagement, W&M Military & Veterans Council, and Student Veterans of W&M. Pressler is largely credited with establishing the robust veterans arts community in Southern Virginia, and for leading the transformation of W&M’s policies toward its student veterans.
Learn More About ASAP Here
The Telling Project
Jonathan Wei is a writer, director and producer. He founded The Telling Project in 2008, and continues to serve as executive director. The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience.
Jonathan’s work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Iowa Review, The North American Review, Glimmer Train and other publications and he is a past fellow of the Vermont Studio Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Jonathan’s work has been staged at the Guthrie Theater, the Library of Congress, Maryland Center for the Performing Arts and others, and featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, the Huffington Post, MSNBC, NPR and others.
The Telling Project will be performing at the HillVets 100 Event on March 22nd!
Tim Donley is a USMC Veteran, double amputee, and singer for the MusiCorps program, which is based out of Walter Reed. He’s performed with Yo-Yo-Ma, Roger Waters, and Sheryl Crow. Through his participation with MusiCorps, he has been an advocate for the healing power of music.
MusiCorps is helping wounded warriors play music and recover their lives
Listen to Tim’s music Here
Learn more about MusiCorps Here
Matt Gallagher is a US Army Veteran, author, and writing instructor for Words After War.
His recently released book, Youngblood, has received high-praise from the New York Times and Washington Post book reviews. In 2015, Vanity Fair named him as one of the voices of the new generation of American war literature. Here is a great article on the Post 9/11’s voices of war that features Gallagher and Phil Klay who made our list in 2014.
Buy Youngblood Here
Comedian & Ninja Warrior
PJ Walsh is a US Navy Veteran, stand-up comedian, one-man show performer, actor, radio personality, and American Ninja Warrior.
He’s taken his one-man show and comedy performances on tour to 16 different countries to entertain the troops, and currently hosts the Comic Relief show on Military.com.
Learn more about PJ and catch one of his shows Here