Exciting VHP News Announced in our Spring Newsletter! 
Connecting Students with Veterans TM
to Honor Veterans, Preserve America's Heritage and Develop Future Leaders
April 8, 2019: Volume 8, Issue 3
Mikaela Morris, Cactus Shadows VHP Chapter President, will be recognized later this month by the Piestewa Peak Chapter of the National Society of the American Revolution (DAR) with the Arizona Society's DAR Volunteer Youth Volunteer Award for Service to Veterans . Mikaela, who will graduation in May, served as VHP Chapter President for three years.
Soroptimist International of Saguaro Foothills honors local high school students who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the community. Last month VHP student Lauren Anderson was recognized with their Young Women's Service Award for her leadership in the Cactus Shadow High School Chapter and aspiring editor of  Since You Asked
15th Annual Community Reception & Book Signing
Since You Asked™ Phoenix I Edition
A Salute to the Korean War
A full ballroom of guests gathered this past Sunday, March 31, to celebrate veterans whose stories were captured in the recent volume of Since You Asked™. Our Korean War veterans, Gold Star families of the Korean War, and Korea Defense veterans were specially recognized during our Ring of Honor Gathering prior to the reception and during the reception program. Former Board Member Susan Kee shared a heartfelt tribute to our Korean War veterans. Interview footage summarizing the capture and release of David Mills, Korean War Army veteran and POW, was shared. David also passionately spoke about his service at Outpost Harry and the impact of telling his story to a student, and reconnected with his student interviewer, AJ Davis. It was a powerful afternoon for all in attendance, and was a memorable celebration of our 15th year. Thank you to Arizona Humanities, Employees Community Fund of Boeing, Fiesta Bowl Charities, and Thunderbird Charities for providing the funding for the event.
Barbara Hatch Founder's Award
for Program Excellence

Three years ago Donna Boyce and the team from North Valley Regional Library, which sits on the campus of Boulder Creek High School, initiated a collaboration with the school to become a VHP chapter.  Donna has consistently gone above and beyond to help create an amazing experience for their students.  She helps the students design and print tote bags as a fundraiser, coordinates a Veteran Lecture Series, participates in civic activities, volunteers their chapter to be trained on book layout and publishing, and nurtures the increase in quality and quantity of veteran interviews. She is enthusiastic, outstanding with communication, and always eager to take advantage of opportunities to get more involved in the VHP mission.  
Pictured left to right: Donna Ward, VHP Scholarship Chair; Emma Suttell, Karissa Franks, Joanna Mona, Mikaela Morris, Harrison Kessel, Barbara Hatch, Michelle DiMuro (too short for the photo) and Col. (Ret.) Craig Houk, VHP Board President
Congratulations to all VHP scholarship recipients!
Liz & Bill Campbell with Emma Suttell
Caitlin Campbell Travel Scholarship, presented by Liz & Bill Campbell
Emma Suttell, Boulder Creek High School/North Valley Regional Library Chapter

Above & Beyond Scholarship
Karissa Franks, Boulder Creek High School/North Valley Regional Library Chapter

Personal Scholarships - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
Harrison Kessel, Cactus Shadows High School Chapter
Mikaela Morris, Cactus Shadows High School Chapter
Joanna Mona, Ironwood Ridge High School Chapter
Shadow Mountain High School Chapter goes to Washington D.C.
For the second time, students from the VHP Chapter at Shadow Mountain High School went to our nation's capital for their spring break with advisor Paula Burr to deliver their veteran stories to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in person!

"It was so incredible to have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. with my fellow VHP officers and advisors. We all had such a great time and it was so cool to learn about our great nation's history in the place where it all began!"
- Carla Rock, SMHS Chapter President
Hannah Christiansen, Camille Escolar, Carla Rock, and Jonathan Cadden
We hope you can join us
on May 27 at one of these
Memorial Day Celebrations
8 am - Each year VHP students lead the Pledge of Allegiance and participate in the wreath ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery on 23029 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Come early for parking!

8 am - The Cactus Shadows chapter will co-host Memorial Day with the town of Carefree at the Cave Creek Cemetery on 26400 N. Pima Road. Gus Angeli is interred in this cemetery; his sister Margo will address attendees about her brother's service as a Navy veteran and Cactus Shadows VHP chapter advisor. Vietnam Veteran Frank Lambert ( SYA VII) will be the keynote speaker.
Regional Community Book Receptions
Join with your community to celebrate the service of our veterans and the education of our students. Click the location link for a PDF copy of each book reception invitation.
April 13, 2 pm: Northern Arizona Edition , Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Anthem
April 27, 2 pm: Phoenix I Edition, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida
April 29, 2 pm: Maricopa Community Colleges Edition, Glendale Community College
May 3, 4:30 pm:  Phoenix II/East Valley Edition, Ironwood Ridge High School
May 4, 11 am: Phoenix II/East Valley Edition, Notre Dame Preparatory School
May 4, 1 pm:   Phoenix II/East Valley Edition, Campo Verde High School
Saluting Stories of Service raises over $38,000
VHP Board of Directors with Sammy and Dixie Davis and The Honorable Richard Romley
"It was an honor to represent SRP at VHP’s inaugural “Saluting Stories of Service" Celebration and recognize the incredible work VHP does to preserve the legacy of our military heroes. Listening to Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis tell his incredible story--a story that contained elements of drama, comedy, somberness and inspiration--was nothing short of remarkable. 

The Honorable Rick Romley’s reflection about his experience with VHP and the relationship he built with Patrick Ward , his student interviewer, was a testament to how these connections can have such a positive impact on a student. Despite wanting to “break the award” into a thousand pieces to share with other veterans, Rick was most deserving of the inaugural Storyteller Award. SRP is proud to have sponsored Veterans Heritage Project since its inception and is proud continue supporting their great efforts bringing students and veterans together."
- Jason Dudley, SRPVets Chair
The Honorable Richard Romley received VHP’s “ Storyteller Award.”  Romley was chosen as the first recipient of this award because his service story imparts inner strength, and his ongoing commitment to veterans and the Arizona community exemplifies “Service before Self.” He shared his thoughts through an editorial opinion article, and during the event, Rick
spoke on the ethical and social value of VHP’s mission to connect student’s with veterans in order to preserve America’s heritage and develop future leaders, as well as the healing power that the program offers to the veterans who participate:

“ Something happens when you begin to tell your story, when you push through the pain and vulnerability of exposing something you’ve kept hidden--you begin to see all the positives those experiences taught you, rather than only the negatives. It is a healing experience like no other ,” said Rick.
Medal of Honor Recipient Sammy L Dav i s was the evening’s special guest speaker.  Sammy spoke about his practice with the harmonica his mother had sent him, about learning to play the song  Shenandoah at a friend’s request, practicing in his foxhole in the dim light of dawn. Sammy closed with the story of his visit to the Vietnam Memorial’s opening, how he played  Shenandoah in the same dawn light for the brothers that accompanied him, and for the brothers that would never leave Vietnam.

When Sammy pulled out his harmonica to play that same haunting tune, the hundreds in attendance listened with batted breath, entranced. 

He then broke the ensuing silence with the declaration that he would be auctioning off his harmonica that night, with the proceeds going to support VHP.  
Beautiful weather greeted the guests during the cocktail reception
on the patio.
Great music from
Sonoran Serenade Big Band
Thank you, Dan Powers, for making the generous winning bid of $4,000 for Sammy's harmonica!
VHP student volunteers helped make Saluting Stories of Service Celebration a night to remember. Thank you! A special thank you to Sabrina Arevalo for doing an outstanding job serving as Emcee and Emma Suttell for her beautiful singing of the National Anthem.
Thank you, American Legion Post 58 Color Guard, for your outstanding service.
The Saluting Stories of Service Celebration Committee is a talented team of volunteers! Thank you, Kerry Ahern, Glenn Gray, Debbie Ellis, Michelle DiMuro, Donna and Jim Boyce, Michele De Simone, Claire Larkin, and Louann Phillips.
NDP Students thank Sammy after his presentation
Medal of Honor Recipient Sammy L. Davis spoke on Friday, March 8, with students at Notre Dame Preparatory and Shadow Mountain . The high school students at both schools welcomed Sammy with enthusiasm and respect as he shared a short video summarizing his story, answered their insightful questions, and told them how he came to play the harmonica while in Vietnam. NDP students also presented Sammy with a thoughtful plaque, thanking him for his service.
The Shadow Mountain High School Color Guard
VHP student Carla Rock introduces Sammy's Video
Thank You to our Spring Veteran Speakers!
March 14, 2019 at Cactus Shadows High Schoo l
Sam Rosselli (SYA XI) - U.S. Marine, Vietnam
Lester Neipert (SYA XV) – U.S. Air Force, worldwide
John Bello (SYA XV)– U.S. Marines, Vietnam
Major Justin Lee - U.S. Air Force, Luke AFB, Afghanistan 
Wendy Shackley (SYA XV) – Gold Star Mother, Joel McNeil
Jonathan Bush (SYA XVI) – U.S. Marine, War on Terror

February 7, 2019 at Cactus Shadows High School
SFC (Ret.) Francisco Javier Gaan (SYA XIII) -
U.S. Army, Vietnam, Korea, Germany
Patti Termini (SYA XIII) - Gold Star Wife
Ollie Babbitts (SYA VIII) – US Army, WWII
Phil Yin (SYA XI) - US Marine, Vietnam
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Peter Palmer (SYA XIV, Phx II ) -
U.S. Army, Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, U.S.
Roger Sandeen (SYA XIV, Phx II ) - U.S. Army, Vietnam
John Bello, first time speaker,
answering questions
Wendy Shackley, first time speaker,
holding Gold Star flag
Thank you to the  Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society  for recognizing three VHP students with a Copper Lamp of Knowledge Scholarship at your annual dinner on March 16! AVHOFS "fosters the development of programs which recognize the efforts of public and private individuals and corporations who, by their deeds and actions, have made significant contributions in support of Veterans and their families." VHP is proud to be a partner in your mission. Thank you for investing in our next generation!
Congratulations to Laura Cooper from Campo Verde High School, Harrison Kessel from Cactus Shadows High School, and Sabrina Arevalo from Notre Dame Preparatory!
Thank you to our Destination DC in-kind donors for providing all of the spectacular elements of our Grand Prize Package! Craig Houk for donating Southwest Airline points, Rick Conner at Meeting Our Needs for working with the Omni Shoreham, Hilton Alexandria, Marriott Washington Georgetown for hotel stays, the District Winery, The Phillips Collection, the Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens for admission tickets, and Congressmen Schweikert's office for arranging spectacular tours of the White House, Capital Dome, Arlington Horse Stables and more!
Thank you to the following Veteran Authors for donating autographed copies of their books!
Joe Abodeely
Mark Berent
Major Rusty Bradley
Capt. (Ret.) George Burk
Major Ivan Castro
Col. (Ret.) Timothy Geraghty
Marcus Luttrell
Dr. Connie Mariano
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Carl Schneider

Lester Merritt, Edwin Clark, Chuck Daniels, Allen Wight, Clifford Johnson, Ellie Brewer, Ralph Cope, Frederic Wood, Jr., Rene Hemond, Priscilla Craig

Veterans Heritage Project honors the beloved veterans we have lost and their spouses. Your stories live on in our memories, our books, and our hearts.
Board of Directors
Colonel Donald "Craig" Houk, CPP
Mike Burns    
Brigadier General J. Derek Hill  
Mary Ellen Reilly, Esq.
Joseph Brophy, Esq.            
Anita Daghestani
Brigadier General Peter Palmer
Arch Rambeau             
Shelly Yeck, MBA                      
Michelle DiMuro, CFRE   
Barbara Hatch
Brittany Henritze                

Board President, US Army, Retired
Board Vice President, Attorney & Retired Executive, Veteran
Board Treasurer, USAF, Retired
Board Secretary, Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., Veteran 
Partner at Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP, Veteran
Learning & Development Manager, Wells Fargo
US Army, Retired, Consultant, General Dynamics
Retired Sr. VP & Officer, General Dynamics
Manager, General Dynamics, Alumni Parent

Executive Director
Founder and Program Director (Volunteer)
Program Coordinator, VHP Alumna 
Veterans Heritage Project | 602-218-4036 | www.veteransheritage.org