Got Your 6’s Fifth Annual “Storytellers” Set to Inspire in Los Angeles and D.C.
WASHINGTON (October 11, 2017) — The national veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 is teaming up with Paramount Pictures Studios and U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., to host its annual Storytellers program, which celebrates the accomplishments and inspirational stories of our nation’s veterans in the lead up to Veterans Day. The events are scheduled for November 6 at Paramount Pictures Studios Sherry Lansing Theatre in Los Angeles, and November 8 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
For the fifth year, Got Your 6 Storytellers will gather veterans who deliver TED-style talks about their ideas, accomplishments, philosophies, and the many contributions they are making in their communities and workplaces. The annual program helps increase awareness of Got Your 6’s campaign to shift the narrative of veterans as “broken heroes” to one focusing on veterans as leaders and civic assets.
Speakers this year will include Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Tim Walz (Army), Chairman of the HVAC Subcommittee on Health Brad Wenstrup (Army), Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Amber Smith (Army), President and CEO of Student Veterans of America Jared Lyon (Navy), actor and producer Caleb Wells (Marine Corps), facilitator, trainer, and speaker Leslie Riley (Army), Final Salute Inc. founder Jas Boothe (Army), and other veterans.
The event in D.C. will also include the release of Got Your 6’s 2017 Veterans Civic Health Index, featuring a panel discussion including Chairman Roe and Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch.
“There’s no better way to kick off this year’s Veterans Day celebrations than by highlighting the inspirational stories of our nation’s veterans,” said Got Your 6’s Rausch, an Iraq War veteran who served in the U.S. Army. “Storytellers helps demonstrate what we already know: that veterans are team builders, problem solvers, and civic assets in small towns and big cities across America. Through this annual program, we are challenging the notion of what it means to be a veteran while encouraging all those who wore the uniform to continue their service in their local communities.”
“The men and women who have worn the uniform of our great nation have a profound story to tell. It is one of personal strength, sacrifice and courage. As we approach Veterans Day, one powerful way to honor America’s heroes is to take the time to listen to and learn from their stories. I thank Got Your 6 for their work to give veterans a platform to share their thoughts and experiences through Storytellers, and I look forward to this great event,” said Chairman Roe.
A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general population sees veterans as “broken heroes” in need of charity. However, the vast majority of veterans, who return home with strong team building and leadership skills, are actually more likely to be active members of their communities, vote, volunteer, and assist their neighbors than their civilian counterparts. Storytellers is challenging negative stereotypes associated with serving in the military and building bridges with civilians by demonstrating how veterans are giving back to their communities.
Got Your 6 Storytellers is made possible by the generous support of Macy’s, Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans United Foundation, Aspen Dental, American Express, Paramount Pictures, HISTORY, NFLPA, General Dynamics, and Sword & Plough.
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a national campaign dedicated to empowering veterans and strengthening communities across the nation. The campaign unites cross-sector partners who believe that veterans are uniquely suited to tackle society’s most pressing challenges. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are best served when they continue their service here at home. As a coalition, Got Your 6 integrates these perspectives into popular culture, brings together veterans and non-veterans in order to foster understanding, and empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community here at home.