The Arts, Military Spouses and Survivors, Businesses that Support Veterans 2018-01-17T22:11:53+00:00

The Arts

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.

Adam Driver
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

Sam Pressler
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

Jonathan Wei
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
Musician
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
Author
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

PJ Walsh
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

Military Spouses and Survivors

Military spouses play a critical role in the defense of our Nation. With the all-volunteer force and operational tempos never reached in history, more and more has been asked from our military spouses. HillVets thought it important to highlight their continued and vital commitment to servicemembers and our Nation. We also would be remiss to not highlight the continued service of those men and women who lost their loved one in service to our Nation. Many of these men and women have used their loss as an impetus to help others and we salute them.

Michèle Flournoy
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
A Navy spouse, Flournoy served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012, where she was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Ms. Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD.
In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded CNAS, a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. She served as CNAS’ President until 2009.
Ms. Flournoy is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Policy Board, the DCIA’s External Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She serves on the boards of The Mitre Corporation, Rolls Royce North America, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, and CARE, and is a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group.
Learn more about CNAS HERE

Amy Looney
Travis Manion Foundation
Ever since her late husband, Navy Seal Lt. Brendan Looney was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010 and awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, Amy Looney has served as an inspirational champion for families of fallen service members, military families, veterans, and American troops.
Amy now works in overseeing Travis Manion Foundation’s Survivor Services program out of the Washington, DC, area. She is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of her late husband and friend, who are buried side by side in Arlington National Cemetery, she is committed to continuing the foundation’s mission to honor the fallen by challenging the living.

Bonnie Carroll
TAPS
Bonnie Carroll is a life-long public servant who has devoted her life to caring for our military and veterans. After her husband, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, died in an Army C-12 plane crash in 1992, Carroll founded the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides comprehensive support to those impacted by the death of their military hero, bringing healing comfort and compassionate care to the living legacies of our nation’s service and sacrifice. Carroll is also a retired Major in the Air Force Reserve. She serves on the Defense Health Board, and co-chaired the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide in the Armed Forces.

President Barack Obama awarded Bonnie Carroll with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November for her continued service.

Businesses that Support Veterans

The businesses in this category have dedicated a significant portion of their work to ensure that veterans, military service members, and their families have a number of diverse resources and opportunities available to them. These companies recognize the challenges that veterans face during the transition into civilian life, and as such, have created impactful and purposeful programs that provide a benefit to the veteran community. The individuals selected for this category are those that led the charge for these companies in 2015, promoting veteran-specific initiatives that aim to highlight the skills, leadership and experiences of the veteran community.

Kevin Preston, Director of Veterans Initiatives
The Walt Disney Company
Colonel Kevin Preston (Ret.) spent 27 years in the Army. In his final assignment as Director of Personnel (G-1), he managed Soldier, Family & Veterans Affairs. His service in the Army covered countries around the world to include: Bosnia, Germany, Estonia and other points in Europe and the Middle East. Currently, Kevin is Director of Military Initiatives for The Walt Disney Company’s Heroes Work Here program. Heroes Work Here is a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans.
Kevin was recently honored by the Department of Defense with the ESGR Seven Seals Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to implement proactive Veteran Hiring Initiatives in corporate America.

Teri Poulton, Director, Veteran Outreach
BP America
Teri’s work supports the company’s commitment to American communities and the business need for military talent in the workforce. Teri also leads the BP Veteran Business Resource Group, a national network of veterans, reservists, military family members and other supporters. In both roles, she is dedicated to promoting BP’s values by supporting those who serve the nation as they transition into post-military workforce and community leadership positions. Teri also serves on the Board of Directors for Lone Star Veterans Association, the largest post-9/11 veteran organization in Texas.
Before joining BP in January 2013, Teri completed a successful 20-year career as a pilot in the US Air Force. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Teri also served as a Presidential Advance Agent and, at the Pentagon, served on the immediate staffs of the Secretary of the Air Force and two Secretaries of Defense.
Learn more about veteran support at BP here.

Pamela Erickson, Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Raytheon
Pam Erickson is responsible for maintaining the corporate reputation of the company through the development and management of strategic initiatives that reinforce Raytheon’s role as a world-class defense and aerospace leader committed to customer success and corporate responsibility.
She also serves as the Vice Chairman of the board for MATHCOUNTS® and is a member of the Military Leadership Council of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Erickson has received numerous professional recognitions, including Corporate Public Relations Professional of the Year by “PR News” magazine. Pam was also recently appointed to the Student Veterans of America Board of Directors.
Connect with her on LinkedIn Here

Kevin Plank, CEO, President and Chairman
Under Armour
Plank started selling shirts out of the trunk of his car, and eventually the world took notice. Seventeen years later, Under Armour is a multi-billion dollar global brand and the maker of the most innovative performance footwear, apparel, and accessories in the world.

Under Armour’s social responsibility culture is committed to “supporting those who protect us” including first responders and Veterans. Under Armour has donated over $1 million to Wounded Warrior Project® and continues to be a strong supporter.