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New Book Exposes Epidemic in ‘Agent Orange Roundup: Living with a Foot in Two Worlds’

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- National Agent Orange Day is August 10. While COVID-19 races through the U.S. population, another invisible killer continues to rage among our already endangered population. Agent Orange continues to contaminate and kill civilians and veterans more than 50 years after spraying. Two Marines, Brent MacKinnon and Sandy Scull, have published a personal account detailing damage done to both body and soul: "Agent Orange Roundup: Living with a Foot in Two Worlds" (ISBN 978-1634989565).

This tells of the loss of innocence, betrayal and final acceptance of Stage 4 cancer 50 years after their tour of duty. The Department of Veteran Affairs estimates over 300,000 Vietnam Veterans have died from the herbicidal defoliant known as Agent Orange; The Vietnamese casualties are in the millions. This collection of powerful art, prose and poetry captures their journey from the home front, into the meat grinder and the long struggle for recovery.

Designed to eliminate forest cover for the enemy and to destroy crops, AO's widespread use from 1961 to 1971, has resulted in birth defects that are multi-generational affecting both cultures. TCDD in Agent Orange is the most toxic of dioxins for it does not readily break down or decompose. If dioxin is the most toxic compound, glyphosate in Round Up is the second. Both herbicides are known cancer causing agents. Perhaps most disturbing is the documentation of the ongoing involvement and of a chemical conglomerate involved in Mustard Gas, Zyklon B, (Auschwitz), Agent Orange, Roundup and now, Dicamba.

"We live, slowly die and struggle with these warrior poets who across decades of soul surrendering poetry take us from innocence and idealistic childhood into war. We follow them (the authors) through moral awakening homecoming discovery of their cancers and ultimately their spiritual awakening." -- From the foreword by Dr. Ed Tick, psychotherapist, founder of Soldier's Heart. Author of, "War and the Soul" and "Warriors Return."

Lt. Charles "Sandy" Scull, a transpersonal psychologist and Cpl. Brent MacKinnon, M.A., a non-profit nomad, will join the hundreds of thousands felled by dioxin. This work is offered as a public service and a testimonial for the many veterans who have left us, the many affected still among us and their families.

The book is available on August 10, 2020 from Amazon, Kindle, and Bookstand Publishing for $19.99.

Lt. Charles "Sandy" Scull, a transpersonal psychologist and Cpl. Brent MacKinnon, M.A. a non-profit nomad, will soon join the hundreds of thousands felled by dioxin. Scull's poems have appeared in poetry journals and anthologies, and appeared on Book's TV and Bill Moyers Journal. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show as an expert guest for his anthology," Father, Sons & Daughters" (Tarcher/Putnam). He and MacKinnon met on a trip in 1988 to Russia and Kazakhstan to offer counsel to veterans of their war in Afghanistan.

MacKinnon has worked with Native Americans, Vietnamese, Latinos, prisoners and CAP poverty projects. He has published several books on his journey of wartime survival. An exile from his own culture, he served two tours in the Peace Corps. While in the Marine infantry he was assigned to live alone in the village of Nong Son. That experience began his teaching career.

The book is available on August 10 from Amazon, Kindle, Bookstand Publishing and the topic is discussed on a Facebook group: Agent Orange Roundup: https://www.facebook.com/Agent-Orange-Roundup-115065550296874/

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"Agent Orange Roundup: Living with a Foot in Two Worlds" by Brent MacKinnon and Sandy Scull.
* Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-63498-956-5
* Hardcover Edition: ISBN 978-1-63498-957-2
* Epub Editions: ISBN 978-1-63498-958-9

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A tribute to an American Hero – Juan ‘Skip’ Torres

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Dr. Juan Manuel Torres of Pine Island, Fla. - a decorated Korean and Vietnam veteran - passed away last week at the age of 86-years-old after a courageous battle with cancer and pneumonia, the Family of Juan Manuel Torres announced. With his passing, America lost a true patriot and American hero who was one of the last surviving members of Task Force Smith from the Battle of Osan - America's first entry into the Korean conflict.

Dr. Torres, who was born in Arecibo, P.R. and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., joined the U.S. Army in 1949 at the young age of fifteen by "revising" his birth certificate. He was immediately deployed to Korea where he was assigned to the 21st Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division and placed directly into combat against aggressing North Korean and Chinese troops. Outnumbered five to one, his unit suffered heavy casualties. In another battle in Korea, he was captured and beaten, but later escaped while being marched to a prisoner detention facility. After Dr. Torres' squad leader was killed, he was given a field promotion to Corporal. While in a foxhole during one battle in Korea, his buddies affectionately called him "Skip," which is a name he kept for the rest of his life.

Skip was discharged and returned from Korea to New York after the Army discovered he was only 16-years-old. He was later allowed to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Policeman (now called USAF Security Forces) where he spent the next 20-plus years, including a one-year tour in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. While in Vietnam, he was promoted to Technical Sergeant (TSgt) where he led the USAF Security Forces at Bien Hoa Air Base and protected U.S. jet fighters and bombers during the "Tet Offensive" when 100,000 Viet Cong attacked U.S. personnel and facilities, including the air base at Bien Hoa. TSgt Torres was injured during the battle while extracting U.S. troops from a burning Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), but declined any awards saying: "It was just my duty." Skip received the Purple Heart medal for injuries he sustained from gunshot and shrapnel wounds while in combat against the North Koreans and Chinese. He was also awarded numerous additional U.S. Army and Air Force distinctions, such as the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB) and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the U.S. armed forces, Skip was recruited by the U.S. Marshals Service as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and was later promoted to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal where he led key task forces against drug cartels and mafias in the southeast and northeast regions of the United States. He was once again injured during a standoff between U.S. Marshals and armed mafia assailants.

After retiring from the U.S. Marshals Service, Skip earned a PhD in theology and became an ordained minister where he faithfully served his community for the remainder of his life. He personally delivered meals to feed the homeless on a weekly basis throughout central and south Florida and donated most of his U.S. military and government retirement pay to charitable organizations worldwide.

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Farewell to an American Hero: Juan ‘Skip’ Torres – Purple Heart Recipient, Korean and Vietnam War Veteran and Retired US Marshal

PINE ISLAND, Fla. -- The Family of Juan Manuel Torres announced today that Dr. Juan Manuel Torres of Pine Island, Fla.-a decorated Korean and Vietnam veteran and beloved father, grandfather, and friend to many-passed away this week at the age of 86-years-old after a courageous battle with cancer and pneumonia.

Dr. Torres, who earned a PhD later in life, was a true patriot and American hero. Born in Arecibo, P.R. and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., he joined the U.S. Army in 1949 at the young age of fifteen by "revising" his birth certificate. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Dr. Torres was immediately deployed to Korea where he was assigned to the 21st Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division (Task Force Smith) and placed directly into combat against aggressing North Korean and Chinese ("the Reds") troops. Outnumbered five to one, his unit suffered heavy casualties over many months of sustained fighting.

During a battle where he was assigned to hold back the advancing Reds while his squad moved to another location, he was captured and beaten, yet later escaped while being marched to a prisoner detention facility. After Dr. Torres' squad leader was killed during an intense battle, he was given a field promotion to Corporal. While in a foxhole during one battle, his buddies affectionately called him "Skip," which is a name he kept for the rest of his life.

Skip was discharged and returned from Korea to New York after the Army discovered he was only 16-years-old. He was, however, later allowed to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Policeman (later changed by the USAF to Security Forces) where he spent the next 20-plus years, including a one-year tour in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. While in Vietnam, he was promoted to Technical Sergeant (TSgt) where he led the USAF Security Forces at Bien Hoa Air Base and protected U.S. jet fighters and bombers during the "Tet Offensive" when 100,000 Viet Cong attacked U.S. personnel and facilities, including the air base at Bien Hoa. During the offensive, the Viet Cong struck heavily with continuous artillery, mortar, rocket and machine gun fire in an attempt to take control of his base. TSgt Torres' security forces were the first line of defense and held back the invading Viet Cong while U.S. Army helicopter gunships and Air Force F-100 fighters took off to end the assault. TSgt Torres was injured during the battle while extracting U.S. troops from a burning Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), but declined any awards saying: "It was just my duty."

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Skip was chosen to lead the Honor Guard at Montauk Air Force Base in New York to commemorate the passing of the president and to demonstrate American resolve. Skip received the Purple Heart medal for injuries he sustained from gunshot and shrapnel wounds while in combat against the North Koreans and Chinese. He was also awarded numerous additional U.S. Army and Air Force distinctions, such as the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB) and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the U.S. armed forces, Skip was recruited by the U.S. Marshals Service as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and was later promoted to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal where he led key task forces against drug cartels and mafias in the southeast and northeast regions of the United States. He was once again injured during a standoff between U.S. Marshals and armed mafia assailants. Skip retired from the U.S. Marshals Service after 30-plus years of combined U.S. military and government service.

After retiring from the U.S. Marshals Service, Skip earned a PhD in seminary studies and became an ordained minister where he faithfully served his community for the remainder of his life. For three decades, he volunteered to feed the homeless throughout central and south Florida nearly every week; participated in dozens of veteran's events; helped to create a veteran's museum; and delivered hundreds of sermons as an ordained reverend. He gave most of his U.S. military and government retirement pay to charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, such as a Pakistan Relief Fund for victims of a devastating earthquake, the Feed the Children foundation, Jewish charities based in Israel where he traveled, as well as to veteran's organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Skip was always a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend. He was an inspiration to his sons, grandsons and granddaughters who went on to become members of the U.S. military, civil servants and medical professionals. Skip will be greatly missed by his former spouse, Diana V. Torres, Director of Nursing and a career nurse in Kansas for over 50 years; his sons-John L. Torres, career business executive; Jerry W. Torres, retired Special Forces Green Beret; Russell D. Torres, former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne soldier; and Scott F. Torres, former Kansas Deputy Sheriff; daughters-in-law Rebecca Torres, career Kansas Supervisory Nurse and Mary Torres, career business executive; and grandchildren Maria Valeria Torres, currently serving with the FBI; Randall Torres and Nicholas Torres, former Kansas law enforcement officers; and Brianna Torres who is beginning her career as a hospital nurse in Kansas.

Dr. Juan Manuel Torres was one of the many proud Infantrymen of Puerto Rico who volunteered and served valiantly in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and he is one of the last surviving soldiers of Task Force Smith - The Battle of OSAN. He was part of America's greatest generation, and we thank him for his lifetime of service. He will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and his legacy will continue in the hearts of the countless people he influenced throughout his 86 years of life.

Editorial Note: Press release was written by Dr. Rebekah Dyer, Fairfax, Va. in collaboration with son Jerry W. Torres, Arlington, Va.

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The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and Dirty South Bats Have Joined Forces to Produce the American Sniper Composite Baseball Bat

WINDER, Ga. -- Dirty South Bats today announced that it has joined forces with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) to produce a limited-edition tribute bat honoring American Sniper Chris Kyle that is cutting-edge both in its looks and performance. The 2 5/8-inch composite baseball bat certified for USSSA and BBCOR will be available for players from ages 8 to College with $100 from each bat sale being donated to the CKFF.

The Bat will be priced at $399.99 and available to ship on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019, at https://www.DirtySouthBats.com and https://www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org/.

"When the writer of the 'American Sniper' movie and great friend, Jason Hall approached me about doing a very cool, iconic 'Dirty South Baseball Bat,' I was all in," said Taya Kyle - wife of Chris Kyle - the American Sniper. "The design with the iconic skull and Chris' crosshair over the right eye honors our friend and fellow SEAL, Ryan Job. It makes for a meaningful piece full of Chris's spirit, ideal for any collector of Americana, patriot, baseball fan or those touched by American Sniper and our story."

Dirty South Bats CEO Tony Mastandrea, said, "Dirty South Bats is honored to be partnering with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and their worthy cause of restoring military families and keeping families together. To pair an American-hero with an American-made top performing baseball bat for Americas past-time sport is truly humbling. The look we get from the kids who see and use the bat for the first time is absolutely priceless."

Kyle added, "Our relationship with Dirty South Bats will go a long way in helping our Foundation connect with even more service couples. We help veteran and first responder families by committing to be with them through two years unique programming. The gift of a safe place at home helps the whole family survive and thrive. Dirty South Bats are American to the core! These badass bats are even made right here in the USA! So many give their lives to serve us - be a part of hitting home runs for them by helping us save their family - one badass Dirty South Bat at a time!"

Mastandrea further stated, "Dirty South has such a loyal, grass-roots and organic customer following that we have no doubt they will come-out in droves to support this worthy endeavor. Our customers have supported so many other worthy charitable causes in the past and this will be no exception."

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) mission is to Honor GOD, Country and Families who serve. It is focused on changing the worlds for this generation and the next by recognizing and strengthening military and first responder marriages through unique programs and powerful partnerships.

Dirty South Bats is an American manufacturer of high-performance composite baseball and fastpitch bats. Dirty South Bats are handmade from composite materials in Winder, Georgia, making every bat unique which is geared for the elite player. Using a low-volume production process ensures the highest quality of product while maintaining its unique sound solidifies that Dirty South Bats are designed to have the most allowable pop. Dirty South Bats is the only manufacturer that produces 100% of its bats in the USA, and they can equip your player from pee-wee to college.

Dirty South Bats are available for purchase at https://www.DirtySouthBats.com and customers can demo their bats any time of the year with direct shipping.

Use Them or Lose to Them.™

For more information please contact Dirty South Bats at: 770-867-2877 or at info@dirtysouthbats.com

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15th Annual Impact a Hero Race Registration is Open – 2019 Brings an Addition of a 10K Distance

SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Registration for the 15th annual Impact a Hero 10K, 5k and Kids K, taking place on May 18, 2019, is open. New to 2019, a 10K distance is available for all runners, walkers and wheelchair participants.

Every registration includes an Impact a Hero race shirt, free fundraising page, and entry to the post-race party. For more information about the race, visit: https://www.impactahero5k.com/.

Taking place on Armed Forces Day, hundreds of veterans and their families will participate in the event to connect with one another, promote Impact a Hero and its mission, as well as experience their much-deserved support from those they serve - our community. The funds raised during this event will be used for the services and programs Impact a Hero provides to our heroes.

Online registration is available at: https://www.impactahero5k.com/.

"As we are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Impact A Hero, we wanted to do something special this year for our race. Adding a 10k to the event was the perfect way to do that," said Laurel Goodroe, Director of Marketing and Communications for Impact A Hero. "We are also excited to welcome back KBR as our Title Sponsor for our event. Their participation and support of the race and our organization over the years is invaluable."

The community is encouraged to sign up for this great event to show their appreciation and support for our veterans and their families. Food, bounce houses, face painters and more will be on site for this family friendly event.

A $5 discount is given to those who sign up and register as part of a team!

For more information about our organization or registration, please contact: Laurel Goodroe at lgoodroe@impactahero.org.


About Impact a Hero 5K - Quick Details:
The 15th Annual Impact A Hero 5K/10K Run/Walk/Wheel will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Constellation Field, in Sugar Land, Texas. Join to help support our wounded Heroes from the War on Terror and their families by entering to run individually (or with a team), walk, donate or raise funds. Visit our website to learn more about the race: https://www.impactahero5k.com/.

Date:
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Location:
Constellation Field in Sugar Land
1 Stadium Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77498
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Website: https://www.impactahero5k.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactahero5k/

Race Day Schedule:
7:00 a.m.: Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:25 a.m.: 5K & 10K Wheel Start
7:30 a.m.: 5K Run/Walk Start
7:35 a.m.: 10K Run/Walk Start
8:30 a.m.: Kids 1K
9:00 a.m.: Award Ceremony

About Impact a Hero:
Impact A Hero (IAH) is an organization committed to help severely wounded heroes who have fought and sacrificed so much for our country. Find out more on our website here: http://impactahero.org/.

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Lansing Board of Water and Light Names Dog after Combat Veteran Mike Ronan

LANSING, Mich. -- The Lansing Board of Water and Light held a fundraising event, the BWL IBEW Golf 4 charity Tournament, and have raised the funds necessary to donate an individually trained service dog to a deserving recipient. As they held their event, they heard from Mike Ronan, a Marine Veteran who was paired with a Service Dog through Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. based in Williston, Florida.

Mike spoke at their event, and talked about his time in the military, and the PTSD that followed his service. He then spoke about how his Service Dog; Julie has forever changed his life for the better.

After hearing Mike's incredible story, the BWL IBEW Golf 4 Charity committee decided to donate the funds to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, to help another veteran in need.

"As part of their sponsorship of a team, one of the 'perks' is that they are able to name the future service dog they are sponsoring," said Christine Patrick, Communications Manager for Guardian Angels.

So moved by Mike's story, the BWL IBEW Golf 4 Charity committee has decided to name their sponsored future service dog, Ronan, in his honor.

Mary Jo Brandt, Guardian Angels Chief Operating Officer said "We're thrilled that the Lansing Board of Water and Light has made us the beneficiary of their giving and couldn't be more excited that they are honoring a great American like Mike."

Once a puppy is chosen, little Ronan will begin training that will take 1.5 - 2 years to complete before he is ready to be paired with a veteran in need.

About Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to rescue, raise, train and then donate the finest medical service dogs to veterans and others who struggle with the effects of a disability such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and seizure disorders. In just our first 9 years, we've paired nearly 300 individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs to those in need. With up to 1,500 hours of training per dog, it is a long process, but worth every moment when you see the results of Unleashing the Power to Heal, and the life-saving, life-changing difference it makes for our recipients.

For more information on our program, please visit our website at: http://www.medicalservicedogs.org/.

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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Awarded Grant from Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF)

WILLISTON, Fla. -- Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is proud to announce that on April 17, 2019, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) announced a grant award in the amount of $25,000 to our organization.

These valuable funds will be put straight to work, to help us train a medical service dog for a deserving veteran in need.

There is great synergy between our organizations, both determined to make a difference for veterans who are struggling with conditions such as: PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure disorders, Diabetic alert, and/or mobility issues.

Asked about the grant award, Guardian Angels Founder & CEO, Carol Borden said: "On behalf of the disabled veterans we serve, I wish to extend my deepest appreciation to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for recognizing the tremendous need to take care of our veterans. Because of your generosity, we are able to provide long term care to another deserving American hero.

"We are honored to begin working with DVNF, and look forward to a relationship that will continue changing the lives of our veterans for the better both today and in the future."

About Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to rescue, raise, train and then donate the finest medical service dogs to veterans and others who struggle with the effects of a disability such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure & diabetic disorders and mobility issues. Since 2010, we have donated nearly 300 individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs to those in need.

With up to 1,500 hours of training per dog, it is a long process, but worth every moment when you see the results of Unleashing the Power to Heal, and the life-saving, life-changing difference it makes for our recipients.

For more information on our program, please visit our website at: http://www.medicalservicedogs.org/.

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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Welcomes Mike Hudson, PNC Bank V.P. to Advisory Council

WILLISTON, Fla. -- Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. based in Williston, Florida is proud to welcome Mr. Mike Hudson, Senior Vice President of PNC Bank's Enterprise Transformation Efforts to our Advisory Council.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is fast-growing nationwide non-profit organization, and our goal is to continue that growth with solid planning and expert advice.

Mr. Hudson will join our Advisory Council, already comprised of a great amount of experience, business savvy and talent including:
* Brigadier General (U.S. Army, Retired) and recipient, Donald Bolduc
* Real Estate Developer, active volunteer for veteran causes and veteran himself, Vito Pampalona
* Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired), Hidden Heroes Fellow, and Recipient Caregiver, Brian Vines
* Lt. Col. (U.S.A.F., Retired), active volunteer, and head of veteran-student relations at Duquesne University, Don Accamando
* Active veteran-causes fundraiser, Mrs. Jolanthe Bassett
* Defense-industry businesswoman, Mrs. Mary Lamparter.

Carol Borden, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Founder & CEO said: "I am very pleased to welcome Mike Hudson to our Advisory Council. I have worked with Mike on various projects through PNC Bank and outside of PNC Bank, all to help veterans. I have witnessed the passion Mike has for helping our veterans, so I know he will help us all to continue our growth in 2019, both personally and professionally."

Mr. Hudson is not new to Guardian Angels. Over the past 3 years, he has worked with a team of over 150 volunteers to raise money for the organization, and that work has resulted in nearly 30 dogs being paired with veterans in need.

Mr. Hudson commented: "The ongoing reward I get to witness first hand as these veterans' lives are changed, has worked to deepen my passion for Guardian Angels, and my commitment to stemming Veteran Suicide."

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Mike Hudson to the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs family.

About Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to raise, train and then donate the finest medical service dogs to veterans and others to mitigate the effects of conditions such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, glucose imbalance, seizure disorders and mobility issues.

Since our beginning in 2010, we've paired nearly 300 individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs to those in need. With up to 1,500 hours of training per dog, it is a long process, but worth every moment when you see the results of Unleashing the Power to Heal, and the life-saving, life-changing difference it makes for our recipients.

For more information on our program, please visit our website at: http://www.medicalservicedogs.org/.

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