The Academy of United States Veterans Foundation
The Academy of United States Veterans Foundation is a preeminent veterans advocacy organization. We are committed to safeguarding the interest of veterans service organizations, veterans programs, businesses and brands. AUSVF is a non-profit 501c3 organization and donations made to the foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
3rd Annual Veterans Awards
January 20, 2018 | The Mayflower Hotel | Washington, D.C.
In collaboration with Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, Paralyzed Veterans of America, & Disabled American Veterans
"It had all the fan fare of the coveted Oscars gala..." - Bobby Jones | Andrews Gazette
The star-studded premier event for veteran service organizations took place at the Mayflower Hotel. As a community, we celebrated their exceptional service by awarding them with our beloved Vetty award, but also recognized the importance of every public servant who packed the ballroom that evening.
AUSV is grateful for all who participated to make this a truly magnificent, yet humbling evening, especially our presenters, sponsors, and honorees. Photos of the event will be available soon. For more information about event details, please visit the link below.
AUSV partnered with GW VALOR to host the special screenings of CBS & CW's series Valor, and NBC's The Brave. Exclusive Q&As and meet & greets with cast members followed each screening in efforts of bringing the opportunity to celebrate Veterans Week in style.
All photographs, plus more information about the events and our partners, are available at the link below.
November 6, 2017 | Valor Screening and Meet & Greet
Hosted By AUSV, GW VALOR, CBS Television Studios, and The CW Television Network
November 11, 2017 | The Brave Screening and Meet & Greet
Hosted By AUSV, GW VALOR, and NBC
STRONGER MEET & GREET
With Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman
September 18, 2017 | Hosted by AUSV and Paralyzed Veterans of America
AUSV HOSTED THE VETERANS OF ALL NATIONS GALA
JULY 1, 2017 | HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA
In the keynote speech, Nick Palmisciano highlighted the importance of events like this gala. He moved the audience by acknowledging how such events unify the Veterans community and promote the often-forgotten positive aspects of our veterans’ lives. Further, he encouraged the community to continue such events, as they enhance the productivity and quality of the Veterans community’s work.
Communities across the world came together, to dance, to mingle and nonetheless to honor what we will consider vital until the end of time: our global security ensured to us by our NATO alliance.
On Saturday, July 1st, 2017, the Academy of United States Veterans and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes hosted The Veterans of All Nations Gala in honor of our NATO alliance. The historic event, held at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, provided an extraordinary opportunity for guests, including NATO representatives, elected officials, members of the entertainment industry, to come together to honor our global unity. The event also recognized various projects that have uniquely contributed to the veterans community.
Esteemed guests from all around the world could be found walking down the Red Carpet including NATO delegates from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Among them celebrities such as producer Bill Mechanic, political activist, Alex Mohajer, actresses, Christina Ochoa, Masiela Lusha, actors, Robert Patrick, and Brando Eaton were also all in attendance.
After walking down the Red Carpet, the guests presented tributes to the victims of recent terrorist attacks around the world including Brussels, Orlando, Manchester, San Bernardino, Paris and Turkey. During the program, guests were able to enjoy a seated dinner accompanied by the sponsored Leadslingers whiskey, a veteran owned brewing company. Guests also experienced acts from singer/songwriter Cassidy Daniels and veterans rock band, Three Beards as well as the presentation of the honorary “Vetty” award to Bill Mechanic for his work on Hacksaw Ridge.
AUSV HOSTED THE WORLD PREMIERE OF NOT A WAR STORY
JUNE 30, 2017 | BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Influential members of the veterans community, celebrities, producers, and directors all came together at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 30, 2017, to celebrate the world premiere of Not A War Story. The documentary, which is a behind the scenes inside look into the zombie film, Range 15, features 80 combat veterans.
Before the screening, director Tim O’Donnell and veteran producer Nick Palmisciano walked down the Red Carpet among many of their cast members, as they saw their aspirations for the documentary become reality. Also on the red carpet, were cast members Ross Patterson, Jarred “JT” Taylor, Vincent “Rocco” Vargas, Mary Dague, Jack Mandalville, Danny Trejo, and Randy Couture were joined by stars Jamie Gray Hyder, Diora Baird, Kerry “2 smooth” Marshall, Will Ovid and many more.
The story behind Range 15 is more about taking that warrior mentality of perseverance to the Hollywood arena. Nick Palmisciano states, “The real challenge came in two forms: our total inexperience with the industry and the bias and corruption of the industry.” The rawness and imperfections of the veterans community are on display in a manner where anyone who is simply human can resonate. When referencing to their continued practice of unity outside of the battlefield, Afghanistan veteran and CEO of Academy of United States Veterans, Assal Ravandi, states that “For one shining moment, they are all once again, a unit. This is a film whose back-story includes a lot of heart and a lot of heroes.”
After the well-received screening, the 500+ guests were able to indulge in the post-event festivities including spirits of all sorts and hors d’oeuvres. The military and entertainment communities were in sync, a rare occurrence and unthought of, yet a seemingly pleasant experience for all.
The event not only brought unlikely communities together but was able to benefit two veterans service organizations including the Gallant Few and the Warriors Heart Foundation.
PROJECTS WE SUPPORT AND PROMOTE
NATIONAL VETERANS WHEELCHAIR GAMES
NOT A WAR STORY TRAILER
COALITION TO SALUTE AMERICA'S HEROES
PUTTING "CHOICE IN" CONTEXT BY DAV
Assal Ravandi, President of AUSVF and Sherman Gillums, Jr., Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
We were honored to make a $20,000 contribution to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Their tireless work on behalf of our veterans is invaluable to the community.
Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Academy of United States Veterans presented a $20,000 donation to Garry J. Augustine, Executive Director of Disabled American Veterans.
DAV carries the torch in assisting veterans with the process of VA benefits and beyond. "Their tireless service to our community is a treasure that must be safeguarded."-Assal Ravandi, AUSVF President
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 670,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 292,000 benefit claims annually. In 2016, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
David W. Walker, President and CEO of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes was presented with a $20,000 donation.
The mission of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort.
Through our programs of aid and assistance, the Coalition offers individual contributors, corporations and volunteers many ways to give so these veterans and their families receive what they need and deserve in return for the sacrifices they made for us.
Mike Evock, President of Racing For Heroes received a $5,000 donation from Academy of United States Veterans.
The Racing for Heroes' current mission is running two 'ChumpCar' Series competition entries and two dirt circle track vehicles in select races pertaining to the schedules of each form of racing. The team will consists of service disabled veterans and is led by Special Forces Operators, CW3 Mike Evock, USA, RET. and Major Kurt Cook, USA, RET. with the support of many other veterans who are specialize in helping the Team work to its fullest potential.
Our goal is to provide an environment of Team, the same Team that our Veterans had while in the service, and the excitement and adrenaline that comes with motor sports racing. We have found success in reaching out to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and providing them with resources to help deal with the challenges they face, because these are the challenges that many of our team members face too.