JOEL BARTHELEMY***QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Joel Barthelemy, our three time Presenting Sponsor, is a family man, a patriot, a business man and a Marine. He travels the world and comes back to us in support of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council Returning Warrior Program giving a huge “hand up.”
Who is this remarkable man and how did he find the VMLC? Joel has become a perfect fit for the VMLC and a stellar partner with our continuing help for veterans in need.
Step into the world of Joel Bartlelemy with a few questions
How did you originally find out about VMLC?
Knowing that I had served as a Marine, a dear family friend invited my wife, Shannon, and me to attend the luncheon as her guest.
Was it a special invitation by someone who introduced
you to VMLC & the Returning Warrior Program?
Yes, that friend was Susie Wesley. After attending that first time, we knew we would want to be a participant in the future. Susie later invited us to become ambassadors for the event.
Ambassador to Presenting Sponsor---what inspired you
as an Ambassador to become Presenting Sponsor?
The VMLC is an organization that truly puts the money where their mouth is. Close to 100% of proceeds directly reach military veterans in life changing ways. It was natural to move from an ambassador to a presenting sponsor for the privilege of supporting those veterans who have served us all.
Our Heroes Patriotic Luncheon takes place on the
Anniversary of the U. S. Marine Corps. What do you
remember often about your service?
My father served in the Army, deployed in the Korean War and World War II. He instilled in me the desire to serve my country and to not to grow wondering what it would have been like to do so. What I remember often is how challenging it
was from the moment I stepped off the bus. The Marine Corps pushed me never to quit, to respect others, to succeed as a team, to find a way no matter what the situation, and to do so with honor and integrity.
Did your military service contribute to your vision
for a worldwide medical business?
Not initially, but at the age of 42 I knew I had to do something more important than just making a living in the high-tech world. I wanted to make a difference. I
wanted significance and impact rather than merely monetary success. When I saw families separated during the initial years after 9-11 the doors were opened for our
technology to connect service members with loved ones at home. This technology grew to provide connected healthcare for veterans serving in the US and around the world. Today, it is an honor for GlobalMed to provide our warfighters and veterans with the same opportunity for healthcare as that of the President of the United States and regardless of where that help may be.