Capt. Chad Fleming (Retired)

During his six deployments overseas with the U.S. Army’s elite 3rd Ranger battalion, Captain Fleming was wounded in combat on three separate occasions.  He has undergone more than two-dozen surgeries, one of which resulted in a trans-tibial amputation of his left leg.  While most would assume this type of injury would conclude military service, Captain Fleming was deployed not once but twice since his injuries, both times choosing to go back to the same unstable area of Iraq that cost him his leg.  After serving with distinction and receiving numerous awards and decorations–including the Bronze Star–Captain Fleming retired from active duty but he still remains a vital part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.  In addition to completing marathons, triathlons and cycling events, Chad is also a sought after motivational speaker for organizations like United States Olympic Hockey Team, the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Debbie Lee

Debbie’s son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was killed in a fierce, two-hour firefight while on patrol against insurgents in Ramadi, Iraq.  U.S. Navy officers told Debbie that her son died after single-handedly holding off enemy fighters as his team rescued a wounded soldier from a rooftop.  In response to her son’s last letter home, Debbie founded the non-profit organization, America’s Mighty Warriors.  For years, Debbie has been a leading civilian spokesperson for the U.S. troops fighting overseas, their families, and especially the families of the fallen.  Debbie has toured the nation, speaking at rallies, and helping to organize pro-troop events.  She also made history as the first Gold Star Mother to enter the combat zone and visit the city where her son died.  Debbie met numerous times with President George W. Bush and pledged her commitment to using her voice to make a difference in America’s effort to support our troops, and has kept that promise by giving over 500 radio and TV interviews.

Taya Kyle

Taya is the widow of former Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle.  As the chief of SEAL Team 3, Chris served numerous combat tours, including four in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  For his bravery in battle, Chris was honored with many awards and citations, including two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.  Following his combat deployments, Chris became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.  Tragically, Chris was recently killed in Texas, but Taya keeps the spirit of her husband and his service alive through spreading the word about his New York Times #1 best-selling autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military, and his latest book, the posthumously-published, American Gun.

Mary Sarah

Not many teenagers get invited to sing on stage by a legendary group like the Oak Ridge Boys, but Mary Sarah is no ordinary young woman or singer.  At 12, Mary toured the U.S. for 6 months as a featured lead vocalist and dancer in Kidz Bop, an 18-song rock concert from Kidz Bop albums, which to date have racked up seven Gold albums.  Like many artists who have come before her, Mary Sarah’s first performances were in church, starting at the young age 8 years old.  That makes sense, as a huge part of Mary Sarah’s story is her faith, her love for her family, and commitment to doing charitable work.  “I want to be a voice for those who need one,” she told the Houston Post, which called her “an incredibly talented country singer/songwriter.”

Celena Rae

To hear her mother tell it, Celena Rae was born to be a star.  She began singing in school plays and musicals, and received her first standing ovation at age six for her rendition of an Ella Fitzgerald song.  Celena’s first shot at stardom came at 23, when she was cast to appear on Dick Clark’s talent competition show, Your Big Break, and was crowned the grand prize-winner after her performance of Martina McBride’s, A Broken Wing.  Celena was then signed to Lyric Street Records in Nashville, and in the summer of 2004, returned to TV as a contestant on American Idol.  Out of over the 100,000 people that auditioned, Celena made it to the final 10 girls in the entire competition, impressing 35 million viewers along the way.  Since her success on American Idol, Celena has continued to perform at multiple venues in front of hundreds of thousands of people, performing with some of the top names in country music like Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Tracy Lawrence, Los Lonely Boys, and Pat Green.

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