INTRODUCING: SKOL!

SKOL! is the new Warrior Events monthly newsletter to keep our alumni, stakeholders, and community of supporters in the loop about our organization. Here you’ll find event updates, veteran spotlights, and community success stories.

SKOL: "skål" in Norwegian (Viking), is the word for "cheers", or "good health", a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group.

WHY THE NAME?

In 2017, our founder, John O’Leary, volunteered with the veteran service organization, Team Rubicon, to assist in Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery. There he met and befriended a group of Norwegian military veterans who traveled from their Viking shores to Houston to assist in the recovery effort. They have since traveled to Annapolis, MD numerous times to enjoy in the camaraderie of our community of military veterans.

They’ve become a part of the Warrior Events family, and every time we salute them we must say SKOL!

The Vikings with Jim Leckinger, Brendan Fisher, John O’Leary, and Bob Saunders outside of Armadillo’s Bar & Grill in Annapolis, MD

EVENTS

ANNUAL NAVY FOOTBALL TAILGATE

COME WATCH NAVY TAKE ON ECU IN THIS FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT. THIS IS A GREAT CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH FELLOW VETERANS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

WHEN: SEPT 14, 2019

WHERE: Navy and Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD

TIME: NOON - 6pm

COST: FREE

NCCA GOLF TOURNAMENT

THE NATIONAL CAPITAL CHEF’S ASSOCIATION IS HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITING WARRIOR EVENTS. THE DINNER IS OPEN TO ALL OF OUR ALUMNI AND WE’LL HOST TWO VETERAN FOURSOMES. THERE ARE ALSO SPONSORSHIPS AND FOURSOMES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE WHERE PROCEEDS BENEFIT WARRIOR EVENTS. EVENT LINK.

WHEN: SEPT 16, 2019

WHERE: Crofton Country Club, 1691 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, MD 21114

TIME: Noon - Golf | 6pm - Dinner

COST: FREE (DINNER)



For the full list of events click HERE

 

GOLD STAR MOMS

LEAVE A LASTING MESSAGE OF RESILIENCE

8.21.2019 - Gold Star Moms | Annapolis, MD

Every Summer, Mears Marina Annapolis, Annapolis Waterfront Hotel,Ken's Creative Kitchen, and our community of volunteers help us host the Maryland Gold Star Mothers. It’s one of our favorite events of the year, and were honored to be in the company of such strong and inspiring women. This year, they shared their incredible stories.

 

VetSPOT

Spotlighting veterans making an impact in their community.

PASHA PALANKER

Warrior Events alumnus, Pasha Palanker, is doing big things. He’s on a mission to help you and others face obstacles ‘Brick by Brick’. His positivity and drive is infectious as he tells his story of overcoming personal trauma and mental health roadblocks in order to become a better leader for his family and his community.

HEADSTRONG PROJECT:

Facing Stigma, April 26, 2019 | Pasha Palanker

“My family immigrated to LA from Moldova when I was 15 years old. Even though we lived in a rough neighborhood and grew up on welfare, I felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to grow up here rather than where we came from. By my current standards LA was a rough life, but back then I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be here in this country and have the opportunities it presents. Being an immigrant family, we often relied on government assistance.

I always wanted to repay that debt so I signed up to serve in the military out of gratitude for what this country had given me. I eventually enlisted in the Army as a Russian Linguist in 2003 right after the Iraq War kicked off. I arrived in Hawaii for my first duty station, but I was itching to get over to Iraq and help in any way I could. I was in a non-deployable unit at the time so I volunteered for my first deployment and was attached to an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Device) team in 2004.

We were tasked with going out in response to every IED (Improvised Explosive Device) intercept within our area of operation. Then in April 2005 I had my own experience with a suicide bomber. I was the gunner on top of our Humvee and he was within feet of us in a car. I can remember looking into his eyes he was so close, and to this day, I’m not sure why he didn’t detonate the bomb.

I ended up stepping up over my protective barrier on the Humvee and engaging with him until his car blew up about 15 feet from our truck. We moved on the next day and continued going out on calls as if nothing had happened because after a certain point you become numb to the brutality of war. Later on during that same deployment, as we were two weeks out from going home, an IED blew up underneath my feet as we were sweeping an area for bombs. The blast sent me flying like 10–15 feet and as I’m laying there, I realize I’m still alive. I lost hearing in my left ear and often deal with vertigo from the TBI I suffered as a result, but I was awarded a purple heart and a valor device for my time in Iraq….

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