Exciting VHP News Announced in our Summer Newsletter! 
Connecting Students with Veterans
July 5, 2017: Volume 7, Issue 1
We hope you enjoyed your Independence Day Weekend!
Special Announcements 
Veterans Heritage Project Has Office Space!
 10210 N. 32nd Street, Suite C1-C2 
Phoenix, AZ 85028
VHP is starting our new fiscal year with a new home!  Thank you to our supporters for helping VHP reach such a significant milestone. This exciting step helps support our ability to effectively meet the growing demand for our program.

A very special thank you to Steven Skarpol from HomeSmart for donating his services to help VHP find a great office location at a substantial discount!  

We look forward to showcasing our new space during an Open House later this summer
Can you help? 

  • Before we can move in, we need to make a few tenant improvements. If you have CONSTRUCTION SKILLS and would like help tear down two temporary walls and build a small kitchenette (cabinets, counters, plumbing/sink), please contact Michelle ASAP at 602-369-5527 or Michelle@VeteransHeritage.org.     
  • Home Depot or Ace Hardware gift cards would be greatly appreciated, as well as other needs listed on our Veterans Heritage Project Charity Registry at Target.
  • Keep an eye out for a paint party announcement so that you can help paint!
2017 Caitlin Campbell  Travel Scholarship Recipient Allison Lopez  Shares Travel Experience

On Memorial Day, Allison Lopez began a 12-day adventure through England and France to honor Caitlin Campbell and her love of travel, and retrace the steps of World War II Veteran Harper Coleman. Mr. Colman was in the Army's 4th Infantry Division and stormed Utah Beach on      D-Day June 6, 1944. 


Scroll through our Facebook page to view several postings of photos and comments from Allison during her trip.

"I  was blessed to have Mr. Coleman as my very first veteran interview during my time in Veterans Heritage Project. It was his interview that sparked my passion to learn more about our veterans and active service members."  - Allison Lopez

Pictured: Allison Lopez at D-Day Ceremony at Utah Beach, June 6, 2017, wearing a shirt made for Mr. Coleman.

Allison's Travel Itinerary

May 29-30: Depart Arizona for London

May 31: Exercise Tiger memorial at Slapton Sands, where Mr. Coleman was stationed before D-Day, and was part of the tragic training exercise gone wrong.

June 1-4: London sights, including Churchill War Room; HMS Belfast, a British WWII era warship; and the Imperial War Museum

June 5: Arrive in France to visit General Eisenhower’s WWII Museum

June 6: Utah Beach for 73rd Anniversary of        D-Day to honor Mr. Coleman and pay respect to the American Cemetery and Memorial. Witness a parachute drop of re-enactors from a C-47 plane in a field of “Le Thiers” in memory of the 507th PIR. Overlord Museum on Omaha Beach, and lunch in Le Roosevelt restaurant, where they have preserved WWII artifacts.

June 7: Paratrooper Museum; Saint-Lo’s Notre Dame Church, the only monument still standing after the town was obliterated by bombers from the war; and the Musee De La Liberation Museum at the first port to be liberated in mainland France.

June 8 - 10: Paris sights, including the Army Museum & Napoleon’s Tomb, and the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, a dedication to 200,000 people who were deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

June 11: Return to Arizona

Chapter News
VHP Scholarships Awarded to Five Students

Each year Veterans Heritage Project  is pleased to provide scholarships to students who, in an essay contest, share what VHP meant to them.  Awarded at the Phoenix I Edition Book Reception, Board President Laura Byers read excepts from each student's essay and commented that, "Throughout their essays we saw themes of citizenship, generosity, gratefulness, orderliness, and respect.  These lessons don't come by chance, but through connections between students and veterans."   
L to R: EmilieRose Gillaspy, Shaelyn Fones, Hanna Frain, Marlena McCabe and Harrison Kessel are presented scholarship awards by Laura Byers, Board President.
Above & Beyond Scholarship

Marlena McCabe
Campo Verde High School, Gilbert, AZ

Marlena is the president of the Campo Verde chapter, which published the first East Valley edition this year.  She doubled membership, set up a buddy system for first-time authors, planned VHP events, coordinated a student tour of Boeing's Apache Helicopter plant in Mesa, brought the first veteran guest speaker to her school, and attended Wreaths Across America and other Veterans' events with VHP and community service members.

Caitlin Campbell Travel  Scholarship

Harrison Kessel
Cactus Shadows High School,
Cave Creek, AZ

"Travel is the way we transcend borders, connect with other peoples, and build a global economy.  It's what I want to do for the rest of my life, whether as a pilot, diplomat, blogger, or whatever job allows me the capability to travel."
Personal Scholarships 
1st Place - EmilieRose Gillaspy
Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, Arizona 

Listening to Marvin’s story, I was speechless, and my heart ached.  Feeling overwhelmed and incredibly inspired even before the interview finished, Marvin handed me what he referred to as his ‘seven pages,’ a detailed account of his horrific experiences [in Korea].  Going home that day, I had never felt more inspired by one individual or more gratitude for our military.  Not surprisingly, Marvin is now one of my best and most cherished friends.”

2nd Place - Shaelyn Fones
University High School, Tucson, AZ

I have been in an evacuation hospital during World War II in the Philippines.  I have delivered mail, dodging bullets in Eastern Europe.  I have been in the middle of a war zone, confused and scared in Vietnam.  Veterans Heritage Project has exposed me to what our nation’s veterans have experienced—from a new perspective.”

3rd Place - Hannah Frain
Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, AZ

The first thing he told me was that he wouldn't let me call him a hero.  ‘There were plenty of heroes; I was just doing my job.'  Bob was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received during his service to our country.  A few months later, I met Bob at the VFW and gave him the published version of his story.  I showed him the pages with his stories and pictures that reside next to the other veterans’ stories that were shared in that book.  Bob flipped through it, looked up at me, and said, ‘You did good, kid.’  From Bob, a man of few but well-chosen words, that simple compliment meant the world to me.”
Teacher Advisor of the Year

T odd Swigart, Shea Middle School, Phoenix, AZ

Todd has supported a VHP Chapter at his school since  2010, consistently contributing eight stories a year to Since You Askeda great accomplishment when you have new 8th grade students each year!   Many of his students continue with the program at Shadow Mountain High School. Todd also hosts his annual  Pillars of Freedom Veterans Day activity, offers insights for program enhancements, and  supports the VHP mission through community presentations
Pictured: Todd Swigart is presented the award by VHP Founder Barbara Hatch
Since You Asked,  Volume XIII, Edition 1
Community Reception & Book Signing
Veterans Heritage Project was pleased to co-host the Phoenix Edition 1 event on April 9, with Founding Chapter, Cactus Shadows High School.  More than 600 veterans, students, families, volunteers, and VHP supporters gathered together to celebrate the 13th Volume of Since You Asked.   Keynote Speaker
Lt. Gen. Carol A. Mutter enjoyed connecting with fellow veterans and witnessing the enthusiasm of the students. We hope all in attendance enjoyed many impactful moments, including the beautiful performances by the Musical Theatre of Anthem and the celebration of veterans with their service songs.  
The most memorable part of the event is the ability to interact with each veteran and have them sign the pages of their story--above, Drew Seiser with Dr. Danita Applewhite.
The Power of Oral History video showcased the veteran perspective. In case you missed it, you can view the 4 1/2 minute video here.   The development of the video was made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities.
Sonoran Trails Middle School students proudly display personal copies of Edition 1 of Since You Asked. They make sure they get all the veterans to sign their books!
The experience brings together families and         generations. World War II veteran Joe Gossen is honored to celebrate his service with great-grandson Lukas.
Editions 2 - 6  Reception & Book  Signings
East Valley Edition - April 22
The audience loved the USO theme, including the student group (pictured above) Khaki Wacky singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.
Northern Arizona Edition - April 22
Veterans and students from Flagstaff High School made the trip to Prescott to participate in the book signing with Chino Valley High School, Show Low High School, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. There were even family members who flew in from around the country to be there for the celebration. 
Tucson Edition - April 29
Miranda Agnew, who played at the Grammys, moved the audience with America the Beautiful and TAPS for Gilbert Romero, a Korean War veteran who passed away, but whose story was featured in Volume 13 of Since You Asked.
Maricopa Community Colleges Edition - May 2
The students of Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College interviewed veterans (pictured above) from the community, the student body, and the faculty.  They completed 36 interviews in their first year, which provided them the opportunity to publish their first SYA edition. 
Phoenix Edition II Reception - May 21
Vietnam Veteran Russell "Sarge" Lintecum (shown above signing the pages of his story) was an inspiring addition to the program by sharing his poetry, and singing one of his published blues songs about dealing with PTSD.   
Program Support Opportunities

Chapter Advocate:  Assist a teacher or a regional group of chapters with timeline management, tax credits, veteran lecture and civic activity coordination, reception tasks, and newsletter and social media story submission.  Formalized training provided.

Veteran Lecture Coordinator: Coordinate veterans and/or student speaking opportunities for community groups, help manage curriculum packets for veteran lectures at schools, and offer lecture day onsite support.  
Editorial Committee: Review and provide electronic copy edits of student essays to prepare for publishing in Since You Asked.  Formalized training provided.

Scholarship: R eview submitted scholarship essays utilizing criteria to make scored recommendations. February only.

Quartermaster: Offer office support as needed in a variety of areas such as data entry, updating and editing documents, monitoring book and supply inventories and supporting research projects.
Committee Opportunities 

Technology:  Use your skills to support various projects with Google Apps, Adobe In-Design, Salesforce, Instructional Videos, and Web Design.

Marketing/PR: He l p develop marketing materials, social media calendar, press releases, and media pitches. 

Development:  Create awareness, build relationships and raise funds by helping to plan, organize, and support community presentations, social media outreach, corporate sponsorship connections, mailings, and special events. 

Finance:  Help build and review financial models, budget projections, and growth plans. 

VHP Ambassadors : Individuals who advocate for VHP's mission through testimonials, community presentations, exhibit support, and donor visits.

Board Service: Contribute your leadership skills to help VHP meet our strategic goals. Currently seeking candidates with a variety of experience, including fund development, marketing, education, finance and non-profit service.

Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming Trainings

Chapter Advocate Training - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, August 5
For individuals who are interested in supporting a teacher with VHP chapter operations. Contact Brittany@veteransheritage.org to learn more.

Annual Chapter Kickoff - 12:30 - 3:00 pm, August 19
Teacher Advisors, Student Leaders, and Chapter Advocates--be sure your Chapter is well represented. You will benefit from the updates, resource sharing, and networking!

Publishing Training - Time TBD, September 16
Publishing Chapter Student Leaders and Teacher Advisors will receive specialized instruction and tools to support the publishing of your SYA edition.
Bronze Star Sponsors
Thank you to the Tee It Up for the Troops Pinnacle Peak Country Club event and to TriWest Healthcare Alliance for each supporting VHP with a $5,000 Bronze Star Sponsorship. Your commitment provides the opportunity for students to learn, and for veterans to feel appreciated for their sacrifice and service. Through oral history interviews, veterans' stories are shared, their service is validated, patriotic values are passed on, and generations are connected.
State Farm generously matches employee giving up to $1,500. Thank you for your support.
VHP in the Community
Interested in having a VHP veteran and/or student speak to your community group?  
Contact VHP at 1-877-VHP-PROJ (847-7765) x 3 to learn more.
Memorial Day at the 
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
VHP Students Mikaela Morris, Lauren Heath, and Michelle Satran lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
VHP students Harrison Kessel and Michelle Satran present the wreath from Veterans Heritage Project. Michelle did a beautiful job designing and making the wreath to correspond with this year's Since You Asked: A Salute to Women themed colors.
Memorial Day at the
Veteran Memorial in  Fountain Hills
Veterans Heritage Project is thankful for sharing in the Memorial Day ceremony in Fountain Hills. VHP Founder Barbara Hatch provided the keynote address, sharing how our program started with the help of VFW Post 7507’s Ralph George, who organized a team of World War II veterans to speak in Barbara's classrooms for the next 12 years.
Thank you to  volunteers from Boeing who helped staff VHP's display table at the Fountain HIlls Memorial Day Celebration. And thank you to Kavery Bhattacharya  for coordinating Boeing's support at the event. We appreciate our volunteers!
Col. Gene Rafanelli

The common message at Col. Gene Rafanelli's very crowded celebration of life was soldier, family, integrity. Veterans Heritage Project remembers all the young people Gene touched in his classroom and lecture hall visits. Friends commented he could never say "No" when it came to helping others. He left his mark on all of us and we will miss him.
In Memoriam
Veterans Heritage Project honors the beloved veterans  we have lost. Your stories live on in our memories, our books, and our hearts.

Our Leadership Team
Welcome New Members to the Board of Directors

  Joseph Brophy
Jennings, Haug & Cunningham

Joseph’s business law background and experience serving on the Madison Education Foundation Board and the Arizona Veterans Services Advisory Commission will help guide VHP's growth. 
  Brigadier General J. Derek Hill
U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. Hill previously served as a member of our Advisory Council, and generously shares his extensive leadership, financial, legal, and strategic planning expertise with VHP.
  Anita Daghestani
Learning & Development Manager
Wells Fargo

Anita's experience in building collaborative teams and developing nationwide training strategies will be invaluable as we pursue our vision to become a national model.

  Shelly Yeck, MBA
Manager, Material Bidding & Estimating
General Dynamics
VHP Board Treasurer

As an alumni parent, Shelly is well acquainted with VHP.  Shelly's accounting, risk management, and contract management experience will be greatly utilized as Board Treasurer.
Outgoing Board Members Continue Support
A special thank you to Joe Brett, Susan Kee and Phil Yin for their outstanding service as a Board Members. Although each have new professional journeys ahead, we are pleased that they will continue to be engaged in meaningful ways. 

Joe is focusing on his radio show and speaking engagements, and will continue to serve as a VHP Ambassador, raising funds and awareness for our mission.

" VHP has the best program available to truly welcome home any veteran. It also has the best program to honor their service and acknowledge their sacrifice to country." - Joe

Susan is working to complete her book to honor Korean War Veterans, and will still volunteer with the Boulder Creek High School/North Valley Regional Library Chapter near her home in Anthem.

"Veterans Heritage Project honors the heroes of our great country and inspires our young students to always remember and respect them.  I will always believe in this important mission." - Susan 

Phil left retirement to become the Executive VP & General Manager of Desert Silicon; however, he will continue to offer guidance as a member of our Advisory Council.

"VHP's professionalism, organizational skills, and utilization of available skill sets and talent is just phenomenal.  I have no doubt that VHP will someday be a national organization." - Phil
Board of Directors
Barbara Hatch, Founder                  
Laura Byers, Co-Founder                 
Shelley Yeck, MBA                            
Jerry Strickland                                
Austin Anton                                     

Joseph Brophy, Esq.                        

Anita Daghestani                            
Brigadier General J. Derek Hill               Mary Ellen Reilly, Esq.                      
Donna Ward                                     
Drew Peneton                                    

Michelle DiMuro, CFRE                   
Brittany Henritze                               

Advisory Council
Jane Barnes                                     
Mike Burns                                      
Jason Chamberlain                           
Vic Connor                                        
Tim Ganahl                                       
Frank Lambert                                  
David Lucier                                    
The Honorable Rick Romley            
Major General Carl. G. Schneider    
Dave Ward                                        Phil Yin, Ph.D.                                  

Program Director
Board President, Vanguard Marketing Intl. VP & CTO
Board Treasurer, Manager, General Dynamics
Board Secretary, Retired State Farm Regional VP, Veteran 
Board Director, Technology Consultant, VHP Alumnus 

Partner, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP, Veteran

Learning & Development Manager., Wells Fargo
USAF, Retired 

Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., Veteran 
Retired Corporate Attorney 
Manifesto Project, Mgr., Financial Engines, Veteran

Executive Director
Program Coordinator, VHP Alumna 

Advocate and Care Coordinator, Medal of Honor Foundation
Retired Business Executive, Veteran 
Senior Advisor and Retired President & CEO, HDT Global 
Retired Business Executive, Veteran
Retired Non-Profit Executive, Veteran
Retired Business Executive, Veteran
Community Leader, Veteran
Arizona Veterans Court Judge, Veteran
USAF, Retired
Vice President Group Finance, Avnet
Executive VP & General Manager, Desert Silicon, Veteran
Veterans Heritage Project | 1-877-VHP-PROJ (847-7765) | www.veteransheritage.org