Board and Advisory Board

Founder, President    Robert H. Meaders, MD. CAPT, Medical Corps, USN-Retired, Viet Nam vet. Flight Surgeon, Senior Naval Parachutist, Diver (SCUBA). Pilot, Single/Multi Engine Land and Sea, Instrument rated. Flight Instructor, Board certified in Preventive Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology. Ex-Medical Director, International Eye Foundation. Contact: ophelm@operation-helmet.org. Wife, LaVera serves as chief mail organizer and in general keeps the old feller going.

Co-founder: SGT Justin Meaders, former USMC active duty, Operation Iraqi Freedom vet, martial arts expert, Combat Engineer, two Iraq combat tours. Rolled up Ramadi bad guys first time, went back and served in Anbar Province the second time. Personally distributed over a thousand kits to his comrades-in-arms in between combat missions.  June 2011:  Justin graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Biology and Spanish. Now creates artisanal furniture from repurposed/recycled materials, including Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monunent

VP Fund Raising:  Robert Fellers, “Marine for Life”, Viet Nam vet, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, rides loud motorcycles, fondness for adult beverages.

VP Treasurer: Richard Vetter, Ex-Army, European theater, Certified Public Accountant. Bald. Ex-smoker (weekly).

VP Everything Else: Rod McMahon, North American Metals rust-jockey. Former Air Force, collects firearms and firewater.

East Coast Director: Mark Meaders, Major, USAF-Retired and Carla Jean Meaders, SMSgt, USAFR. Enthusiastic, web-savvy guy who did all the work to put this stuff together. Wears glasses and a hearing aid. Fun to embarrass your kids, isn’t it? note from Mark – every time I clean up the web site, my Pa messes it up again. Of course, Carla’s primary job is keeping Mark out of trouble.


Advisory Board President: Linda McMahon. (Now head of the Small Business Administration under President Trump, as well)LindaMcMahon

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Linda McMahonLinda McMahon stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) in Stamford, Connecticut, in September, 2009, to run for the U.S. Senate. She was the Republican nominee to represent the people of Connecticut in 2010 and again in 2012. As a business executive, McMahon helped grow WWE from a modest, 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 700 employees in offices worldwide. McMahon has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives. During Mrs. McMahon’s tenure as CEO, the WWE was the recipient of the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s first ever “Legacy of Hope” (in honor of Bob Hope) award for its extensive support of our troops. In 2007, the company received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for its support of deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation has recognized WWE as a top wish granter.  

 

Advisory Board Vice President:  Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WWE, transformed the company into the family-friendly, global entertainment phenomenon it is today.  As a pioneer in the television syndication business, a recognized television personality throughout the world, a creative visionary and fearless marketer, he continues to make his presence known as a leader within the broadcast and entertainment industries. McMahon also believes in leveraging the power of WWE’s brand and platforms to help address important social issues worldwide, including an unwavering support for the U.S. Armed Forces.  Under McMahon’s leadership, WWE has been a strong supporter of the military through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free entertainment for active servicemen and servicewomen, and provide workforce assistance for veterans. In 2004, the USO of Metropolitan Washington presented WWE with the first ever “Legacy of Hope” award (named after Bob Hope) for the company’s extensive support of troops and the USO’s Operation Care Package Program.  In 2012, WWE celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual holiday special event, Tribute to the Troops, which has taken place on active military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as joint operating bases here in the U.S.

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Aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft Carrier, one of many troop entertainment visits including Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times.

Celebrity Spokesperson: Cher. What else can I say. Love that sweet gal whose face (and body) have launched a million dreams and whose generosity and love have saved the lives and futures of untold numbers of our warriors…and their families and loved ones.

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