Service After Service
Annual Prayer Breakfast
September 13, 2019
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor, WA
Give the one who has served this country a stage to share his or her heart and trans-formative journey as a warrior, the result is standing room only. We invite you to the most anticipated event of the year in Gig Harbor, our Annual Prayer Breakfast. Doors open at 7am at our NEW LOCATION Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. Join us and experience an uplifting morning of prayer, testimony and a delicious catered breakfast. This special event exists so that we can hear how God is working in the lives of our veterans as they continue to serve their country and communities.
We know that every soldier has a story. When a warrior lays down his arms, he or she continues to carry the burden of memory not always but often related to combat trauma. These memories can be too heavy to burden alone. You are invited as a community to listen and learn how our veterans have transitioned from defending our country to preparing for their future with a renewed sense of hope and healing.
The new location this year has limited seating, so don’t delay purchasing your tickets.
We are proud to announce the following speakers:
Bringing the fight to Human Trafficking
Jeff Tiegs is a Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Expert with over 25 years of service in US Army Special Operations. He has commanded units during combat operations around the globe including Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
In addition to combat experience, his non- traditional assignments were influential at the policy and strategy levels of the US Government. He is taking those hard-earned skills and applying them to combat sex traffickers and the exploitation of women and children. As the Chief Operating Officer for Guardian Group, his team leads a nationwide network of veterans who partner with law enforcement agencies to put an end to sex trafficking in the United States. He has a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
For more information visit: TheGuardianGroup.org
We are honored to have this extraordinary war-fighter grace the stage for the 4th time. Hurricane Florence thwarted his appearance last year so we are most grateful that Jimmy Hatch, retired Special Warfare Operator and K9 handler on several deployments, author of Touching the Dragon and founder of Spikes K9 Fund, will once again join the speaker lineup this fall. Jimmy’s past visits to the Pacific Northwest have created a tremendous response from this community. His visit here will include a fundraising event for his K9 foundation on Saturday September 14th. Local Wet Coast Brewery owned by two first responders, will host “Hops for Hair Missiles” and is open to the public. Hatch has helped to inform compassionate allies for our K9 heroes, who protect and risk their lives for a community often unaware of their bravery and sacrifice.
Dogs saved me; my mission is to take care of them.
– Jimmy Hatch
Cpl. Schick was activated and deployed to Iraq in 2004. Cpl. Schick served as a machine gun team leader in Bravo Co. Weapons Platoon. He was struck by a triple-stack tank mine on September 20, 2004 while conducting combat operations in the Al-Anbar Province. Cpl. Schick sustained multiple injuries such as compound fractures in his left leg and left arm, multiple skin, ligament and bone loss, partial loss of his left hand and arm and amputation below the knee of his left leg. To date Cpl. Schick has undergone 46 surgeries and 23 blood transfusions. While in Bethesda, Cpl. Schick refused the Purple Heart on several occasions stating he would not receive any medals or awards until all 156 Marines he deployed with returned home.
He now resides with his wife and children in Gretna, Louisiana. Cpl. Schick premiered in an HBO documentary titled “Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq” . Cpl. Schick has also been in local papers and papers all around the Country on his views for V.A. reform. Appearing first in “American Sniper”, and most recently in “A Star is Born”, his recent notoriety has not deterred him from trying to improve compensation and health care for severely wounded veterans. Cpl. Schick is adamant in his fight for bettering the lives of his severely wounded brothers and sisters in arms, leveraging his star power to advance better mental health programs and honoring his commitment to his wife as he has demonstrated 10 years of sobriety.
For more information visit: 22Kill.com
Saudi McVea is the Superintendent of the 446 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The mission of the 446 AES is to provide coordinated care in global Aeromedical Evacuation Operations for the sick and injured in peacetime and wartime. Chief McVea has served in the Air Force Reserves and Active Duty for 40 years. She has been deployed 9 times; twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.
Saudi has been married for 34 years to Ellis McVea; they have three children together Paige, Bryce, and Austin. They lost Bryce to suicide in September 2017 and have been forever impacted by the pain of losing someone so young to the struggles of Combat Related Stress, PTSD, and Addiction. It is now her hope to teach awareness of life skills/tools to veterans and those currently serving in the military so that they may have true resiliency through Post Traumatic Growth.
For more information click here.
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