11th Annual PRAYER BREAKFAST
Presented by the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation

It is our honor to present the 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast on September 17th, 2021 at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor, Washington. We believe that “Every Soldier has a Story” and we have created a sacred and safe stage for those stories to be shared. You will experience an illuminating morning of hope, inspiration and courage expressed by our speakers who are active duty, military veterans, first responders, and Gold Star Mothers, all who have served our country with honor and distinction. Doors open at 7am. Program begins at 7:30 with a Continental breakfast and reception after the program.


We thank Harnish Auto Family and Subaru of Puyallup, Barbara Creighton, Tom and Nancy Bellerud, Cutters Point Coffee, Seattle’s Favorite, and the Treleven Family for their generosity financial support to make this special event possible.

Event Details

September September 17, 2021

Doors Open at 7am 

Program Begins at 7:30

Continental Breakfast to follow

Josh Collier

A Tacoma native, Josh lives in Fircrest with his wife Latisha and their two kids. He began his career in the non-profit sector where he focused on fundraising and leadership. His roles included Development and Communications Director for Tacoma Youth For Christ and Executive Director for Youth For Christ in San Diego. In 2018, Josh transitioned his passion for helping people express their values through stewardship of their financial resources to his current role as an LPL financial advisor. Josh stays involved in the local non-profit community as a volunteer, grant writer, and event emcee. Following the death of local pastor Randy Sheets, Josh founded the Randy Sheets Memorial Fund to reduce veteran suicide through fundraising, advocacy, and awareness.

“Randy’s death hit me so hard. I knew I had to do something to help veterans at risk of suicide. We started this fund to continue his legacy of faith that all who are hurting can experience love and wholeness.”


CHARLIE BAILEY

Major (Ret.), U.S. Army

Charlie enlisted to serve as a Counterintelligence (CI) Agent in the U.S. Army in the fall of 2000. Upon completion of Basic and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to a CI Team with the 202nd MI Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia and deployed to Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt in support of Exercise Bright Star in the fall of 2001.


Selected to attend Officer Candidate School, Charlie earned his commission as an Infantry Officer in January of 2003 and subsequently graduated from Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School. His first assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He was then selected to serve as his battalion’s Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and remained in that position while deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He successfully led more than 500 combat patrols to include raids on High Value Targets (HVT), long range surveillance, and close target reconnaissance. Charlie’s platoon was responsible for the capture of more than 200 HVT’s and over 450 total enemy personnel. In June of 2006, he was seriously wounded in a Suicide-Vehicle IED attack and reassigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Unwilling to accept medical retirement, Charlie was offered the opportunity to re-branch and continue serving as a Military Intelligence (MI) officer.


Following attendance at the MI Captains’ Career Course, Charlie was assigned to the 66th MI Brigade where he was selected to command the Stuttgart Military Intelligence Detachment and Communications Technology Detachment-Europe (COMTECH) of the 2nd MI Battalion. His detachments provided vital counterintelligence and force protection support to one of the most critically important garrisons in Europe and to senior leaders in two combatant commands, European Command and Africa Command. Charlie then pursued an assignment with 3-21 Infantry Regiment of 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Alaska where he served as his battalion’s Senior Intelligence Officer and deployed to Panjwai District, Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.


Following deployment, he was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he served as a Military Science Instructor. After being named his academic department’s Instructor of the Year, Charlie was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to the Academy’s Superintendent, LTG Robert Caslen. He was then given the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University before being assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (ID) at Schofield Barracks, HI where he served as both a Brigade Senior Intelligence Officer and Chief of 25ID’s Analysis and Control Element.


Complications related to the injuries that Charlie sustained in 2006 surfaced during the summer of 2016 and led to him being medically retired from active duty. Following transition from the military, Charlie became the Senior Director of Site Development and Operations for the United Service Organizations’ (USO) Pathfinder program where he helped design and scale a program that connects thousands of transitioning service members and military to critical information and resources. After 15 months with the USO, Charlie accepted an offer to serve as Director of Operations for The COMMIT Foundation. He remained with COMMIT for 15 months before making a move to workforce development. He then led a team who provides employment and educational opportunities to underprivileged young adults across 5 counties in western Washington state before accepting an offer to serve as a national Account Manager for EMCOR Group, Inc.


Charlie also serves on the Veterans Advisory Board for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, has been married to his wife (Jennifer) for over 20 years and they are the proud parents of six beautiful children.


Charlie Bailey

Major (Ret.), U.S. Army

Charlie enlisted to serve as a Counterintelligence (CI) Agent in the U.S. Army in the fall of 2000. Upon completion of Basic and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to a CI Team with the 202nd MI Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia and deployed to Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt in support of Exercise Bright Star in the fall of 2001.


Selected to attend Officer Candidate School, Charlie earned his commission as an Infantry Officer in January of 2003 and subsequently graduated from Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School. His first assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He was then selected to serve as his battalion’s Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and remained in that position while deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He successfully led more than 500 combat patrols to include raids on High Value Targets (HVT), long range surveillance, and close target reconnaissance. Charlie’s platoon was responsible for the capture of more than 200 HVT’s and over 450 total enemy personnel. In June of 2006, he was seriously wounded in a Suicide-Vehicle IED attack and reassigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Unwilling to accept medical retirement, Charlie was offered the opportunity to re-branch and continue serving as a Military Intelligence (MI) officer.


Following attendance at the MI Captains’ Career Course, Charlie was assigned to the 66th MI Brigade where he was selected to command the Stuttgart Military Intelligence Detachment and Communications Technology Detachment-Europe (COMTECH) of the 2nd MI Battalion. His detachments provided vital counterintelligence and force protection support to one of the most critically important garrisons in Europe and to senior leaders in two combatant commands, European Command and Africa Command. Charlie then pursued an assignment with 3-21 Infantry Regiment of 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Alaska where he served as his battalion’s Senior Intelligence Officer and deployed to Panjwai District, Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.


Following deployment, he was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he served as a Military Science Instructor. After being named his academic department’s Instructor of the Year, Charlie was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to the Academy’s Superintendent, LTG Robert Caslen. He was then given the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University before being assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (ID) at Schofield Barracks, HI where he served as both a Brigade Senior Intelligence Officer and Chief of 25ID’s Analysis and Control Element.


Complications related to the injuries that Charlie sustained in 2006 surfaced during the summer of 2016 and led to him being medically retired from active duty. Following transition from the military, Charlie became the Senior Director of Site Development and Operations for the United Service Organizations’ (USO) Pathfinder program where he helped design and scale a program that connects thousands of transitioning service members and military to critical information and resources. After 15 months with the USO, Charlie accepted an offer to serve as Director of Operations for The COMMIT Foundation. He remained with COMMIT for 15 months before making a move to workforce development. He then led a team who provides employment and educational opportunities to underprivileged young adults across 5 counties in western Washington state before accepting an offer to serve as a national Account Manager for EMCOR Group, Inc.

Charlie also serves on the Veterans Advisory Board for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, has been married to his wife (Jennifer) for over 20 years and they are the proud parents of six beautiful children.


Mike Washington

Seattle Firefighter (Ret.)

Mike Washington’s mission is to assist veterans and First Responders to identify, understand and react to the forces of stress as a means to combating the forces of PTSD and suicide.


Mike is a retired Seattle Firefighter with over 32 years of operational experience. In addition to his ordinary assignment as a firefighter, Mike was a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer, assisting firefighters around the country and now works as a psycho-therapist in Seattle specializing in trauma and PTSD issues.


Mike Washington is a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant with 23 years of service (7 active, 16 reserve). Mike served as a Platoon Sgt in Desert Storm and served as a Counterintelligence Officer in Bosnia, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as numerous other real-world missions.


Mike is a member of Team Rubicon, a veteran’s disaster relief organization and has responded to over a dozen disasters domestically and internationally. Mike was honored as Team Rubicon Veteran of the Tear 2013. Mike is also the recipient of the 2019 HOOAH! Award given by the American Enterprise Institutes Counsel on Citizenship. Mike was featured with Oprah Winfrey for her Honoring Black Fathers Special last month.


Mike also provides mental health services to various first responder and military entities around the Seattle area. Mike is a keynote speaker using his own story presents on the topics of stress, depression, PTSD and suicide. But most importantly on PTG or Post Traumatic Growth.


Most importantly Mike is the husband of Valerie Washington, US Army veteran, father of Aja Collins, US Army veteran with her husband Erik currently serving in the US Army and grandfather to Jada, Jasmine, Marciline and Enza.


Mike holds a Master of Strategic Intelligence from American Military University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.


VANN MORRIS

Combat Veteran

Vann Morris is a combat veteran turned motivational speaker & narrator. Born to inspire! He has visited 45 countries and has made hundreds of speeches in 20 years. Evangelo (nicknamed Vann) communicates with heart wrenching power and influence. His Orator skills includes voice overlays, motivational speeches, inspirational storytelling, narrations, seminar dialogues, and stage acting. Vann has spoken at the following venues: the Pentagon, non-profit orgs, aircraft carrier strike groups, corporate conventions, U.S. Special Operations Command and Central Command, college universities, community fund raisers, and funerals. No matter the occasion, he loves nothing more than encouraging and inspiring people.


Vann Morris

Combat Veteran

Vann Morris is a combat veteran turned motivational speaker & narrator. Born to inspire! He has visited 45 countries and has made hundreds of speeches in 20 years. Evangelo (nicknamed Vann) communicates with heart wrenching power and influence. His Orator skills includes voice overlays, motivational speeches, inspirational storytelling, narrations, seminar dialogues, and stage acting. Vann has spoken at the following venues: the Pentagon, non-profit orgs, aircraft carrier strike groups, corporate conventions, U.S. Special Operations Command and Central Command, college universities, community fund raisers, and funerals. No matter the occasion, he loves nothing more than encouraging and inspiring people.


Major General Douglas A. Sims II

Commanding General

1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley

MG Douglas A. Sims II graduated from the U.S Military Academy at West Point in 1991 and was commissioned into the Infantry Branch. He has commanded at all levels from Platoon to Division.


MG Sims most recently served as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations and Force Management, J-35, Joint Staff, Washington, DC. His previous assignments include: Director, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army, Washington, DC; Deputy Commanding General (Support), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Afghanistan; Chief of Staff, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; Commander, 2d Cavalry Regiment, Germany and Afghanistan; Commander, 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, Germany and Afghanistan. His operational deployments include OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and multiple tours in support of both OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan) and IRAQI FREEDOM (Iraq).


MG Sims holds a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University and is a graduate of the Senior Service College Fellowship Program, Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various other military awards. MG Sims is authorized to wear the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, and Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.


KAREN VAUGHN

Gold Star Mom

Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen US Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). On August 6, 2011 Aaron was killed in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a chopper (call sign Extortion 17) carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky while rushing into battle. Loosing Aaron changed everything and launched Karen on a brand-new path.


Over the past eight years, Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman for not only our defenders still fighting on foreign soil and securing peace across the globe, but also as an advocate for a better, stronger, more resilient America.


Carrying on Aaron’s legacy has brought this Gold Star mother through the halls of Congress and into multiple National Press Conferences. As a cultural and political analyst, Karen has written for several of our nation’s leading news outlets with many of her articles going viral. She’s a regular guest on multiple national news programs and has interviewed with well over 100 national and local radio shows. Karen has been featured on large stages across the country as a keynote speaker, including a prime-time guest speaker position during opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.


Karen is the bestselling author of World Changer: A Mother’s Story and serves as an advocate and national speaker for the American Warrior Initiative Freedom Tour. She also serves with the non-profit her family began in honor and memory of her son, Operation 300.


A mother of three and grandmother of six, she has been married to Billy Vaughn for thirty-nine years and still believes her greatest accomplishment on earth was raising her three children, Aaron, Tara, and Ana.

Karen Vaughn

Gold Star Mom

Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen US Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). On August 6, 2011 Aaron was killed in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a chopper (call sign Extortion 17) carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky while rushing into battle. Loosing Aaron changed everything and launched Karen on a brand-new path.

Over the past eight years, Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman for not only our defenders still fighting on foreign soil and securing peace across the globe, but also as an advocate for a better, stronger, more resilient America.


Carrying on Aaron’s legacy has brought this Gold Star Mother through the halls of Congress and into multiple National Press Conferences. As a cultural and political analyst, Karen has written for several of our nation’s leading news outlets with many of her articles going viral. She’s a regular guest on multiple national news programs and has interviewed with well over 100 national and local radio shows. Karen has been featured on large stages across the country as a keynote speaker, including a prime-time guest speaker position during opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.


Karen is the bestselling author of World Changer: A Mother’s Story, and serves as an advocate and national speaker for the American Warrior Initiative Freedom Tour. She also serves with the non-profit her family began in honor and memory of her son, Operation 300.


A mother of three and grandmother of six, she has been married to Billy Vaughn for thirty-nine years and still believes her greatest accomplishment on earth was raising her three children, Aaron, Tara, and Ana.


Robert Watson

Musician

Robert Watson’s film/TV composing credit list is more than 300 items long and includes “Pokémon” movies and TV shows, “Veggie Tales”, “Catscratch”, “Ghost Stories” and more. He has toured with The Surfaris, Donna Summer, Daniel Amos and more. For the last 10 years Robert has served as organist at Glenkirk Church in California, and now lives in Washington with his wife, Carolee Mayne.

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