Brave New Foundation: "In Their Boots" Episode 2- Webcasts

The first episode of the groundbreaking new live webcast "In Their Boots" aired on Wednesday, 2 July 2008, with host Jan Bender as he explored the lives of the Babin family as they care for their wounded veteran son Alan. That premeir show was Part 1 on Alan and the Babin family, Part 2 aired this past wednesday, 7-9-08.

These webcasts will air, online, every wednesday at 4pm Pacific/5 Mountain/6 Central/7 Eastern at In Their Boots, also can be viewed at UStream TV.

You will have the opportunity to hear the stories from these servicemembers, learn about organizations that are helping, and find out how you can help as well.

These webcasts bring us into the lives of those, and their families, who have served this Nation and have been wounded in the occupations and the changes that has brought about for them. As well as introduce us, and the many returning Veterans, and their families, to some of the help that exists for them by bringing representatives of these existing groups into the conversation, Live.

Visit the "In Their Boots" main site to view, find out more about the episodes to come, you can also interact live with each episode, and to find out much more, as well as signing up for their newsletter as a reminder for the next show.

"Beating the Odds - Chapter 2"

Alan Babin
Cpl. Alan Babin Jr., a combat medic in Iraq, was running to the aid of a fellow soldier when he was hit by hostile fire. Alan took a bullet in his stomach in the midst of firefight so severe that it prevented Alan’s fellow soldiers from coming to his aid, so he lay there for three hours before help could arrive. Alan’s prognosis was grim. Army medics didn’t think he would live. Then doctors said, at best, he’d be paralyzed from the neck down. Alan underwent more than 70 surgeries, including five brain surgeries, and suffered a stroke. Since that time, with his mother, Rosie, by his side, Alan has made incredible progress, far surpassing his doctors’ expectations. Now, Alan can use his arms, he can stand, and he’s starting to move his legs—he’s even rock climbed. And with his mother’s help, he could soon be walking again some day soon.

Rosie Babin
Rosie Babin wears a lot of hats. As her daughter Christy says, "My mom's our everything--she's our cheerleader, our mom, our organizer." She's also a wife, and for many years managed an accounting firm near their home in Round Rock, Texas. Five years ago, Rosie also became her son Alan's full-time caretaker after he was hit in the stomach by hostile fire in Iraq and became paralyzed. At that point, Rosie's life was completely derailed. She quit her job, packed up her life, and moved near Walter Reed Medical Center where Alan was being treated. Rosie's been by Alan’s side every since as his cheerleader, his mom, and his organizer. She's been his everything, and because of it, Alan has far surpassed his doctor's expectations. Rosie's gotten him to rock climb, scuba dive, and ski. Now she's determined to help him walk again.

Special Guests
Alan Babin
Disabled Veteran

Christy Babin
Alan's Sister

Sandy Trombetta
National Director and Founder
VA National Winter Sports Clinic

Adrian Atizado
Assistant National Legislative Director
Disabled American Veterans

If you missed the premeir show on July 2nd:

Premeir: "Beating the Odds" - Chapter 1

Or View Here

We are proud of what we have put together and we hope that you all tune in to see this. Please let us know what you think of it as well. And if you miss any part of the episode, be sure to check it out on our site: In Their Boots. We plan on producing a new episode every Wednesday, live at 4pm Pacific.

This coming wednesday, 7-16-08, they will be airing a show called "Home Coming"

Kim Roy has spent the last fifteen months taking care of her two young boys while her husband,
Justin, was away in Afghanistan. Now he's coming home.

Kim Roy
Kim Roy of Yelm, Washington, is an intrepid Army wife with her hands full. While her husband, Justin, is deployed in Afghanistan, she’s raising two energetic sons by herself: Danny, 2, and Maddox, less than a year old. Justin is on his second deployment. He’s been gone for 15 months and the longer he’s gone, the more Kim lives for those mid-day phone calls and instant messenger sessions with her husband. And though she’s looking forward to Justin coming home, she knows there’ll be some adjustment as he re-learns how to be a father.

Justin Roy
Army Officer Justin Roy is based in Fort Lewis, Washington. Officer Roy has been on his second deployment in Afghanistan for the past fifteen months. He’ll be returning home soon to his wife Kim and his young boys, Danny and Maddox. He's excited to reunite with his family, but also a little nervous about re-acquainting himself with his son and assuming the father role that he's been unable to maintain while serving in Afghanistan for over a year.

Here is a primer video of the upcoming show:

You can find a few more clips at the link directly above.

You can find a page at their site called Solutions, this gives a list of the organizations their guest are from and others as well, that the returning Veterans and their Families can contact and for others to find out and explore what they do in helping those who serve this country and need further help because of their disabilities garnered by that service.

For those of you who might produce film and documentaries, or are students and amateurs of same visit Brave New Theaters a website that brings together a global network of screening hosts and filmmakers by providing services to both so they can reach more people. This site emphasizes films with a political message. Also their affiliate sites Brave New Foundation.

For the rest of us their Brave New Theaters allows us to view the trailers and sign up to host a viewing of these Documentaries and Films, as well as to Purchasing them, where you'll find Over 180 Films for screenings.

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If you missed this yesterday:

Diane Rehm Show

Martin Schram: "Vets Under Siege" (Thomas Dunne Books)

An award-winning journalist and author exposes mistreatment of American servicemen and women by the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Martin Schram, author of five books, and former national affairs correspondent for the Washington Post. His nationally syndicated column appears in more than 400 newspapers

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His Book

Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles

Tell the world: My America Doesn't Torture!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."


Military and Veteran Advocates Invite Senators McCain and Obama to Fort Hood Texas

Presidential Town Hall to Focus on Military and Veterans

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Carissa Picard, Managing Director, 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium, 254.554.1513, e-mail to Hood Townhall.

2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall

Monday August 11, 2008, 9:00 pm (EST)

Bell County Expo Center

301 West Loop 121

Belton, Texas 76513

Hosted by the 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium

To be carried live on the CBS Television Network.

A diverse group of non-profit organizations dedicated to serving active military, veterans, their families and their survivors has come together to invite the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to Fort Hood, Texas, for an in-depth discussion of the increasingly complex issues facing America's military and veteran community. The CBS television network has agreed to produce and broadcast the town hall meeting in prime time that evening.

Fort Hood is the largest U.S. military installation in the world and deploys the most soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of our continuing Global War on Terror. Consequently, the Consortium cannot imagine a more appropriate audience—or a more compelling location—for this event.

This Consortium represents organizations that provide services and support to our service members, veterans, wounded warriors, and their families. "We believe if there is one more debate or town hall before the general election, it should be before an audience comprised of the men and women whose service and sacrifice ensure that these events continue through their defense of our country and of our Constitution," said Carissa Picard, lead organizer and military spouse.

"This forum is NOT about being for the war in Iraq or against the war in Iraq. This is about the fact that there is a war in Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, and there are consequences to that war—consequences for our service members, for their families, for our country. These candidates are asking to be elected the next Commander-in-Chief and we believe that our audience, as well as the American public, will be extremely interested in knowing what they have to say about these issues."

In November 2004, the President was elected by a majority of 126 million votes. Today, approximately 27 million American adults are veterans. If we assume half are married, then there are approximately 40 million voters intimately aware of the issues affecting veterans and their families. Meanwhile, there are approximately 2.6 million Americans currently serving in our Armed Forces, either full or part-time. If you include their spouses, then we will have an additional 4 million voters sensitive to the needs of our veterans, wounded warriors, and military families.

In all, the veteran and military communities total approximately 44 million Americans—almost a quarter of the overall voting population and more than one- third of the total voting participation in 2004.

"The sacrifices these families endure are not abstract; they are borne out in illness, injury, post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, economic hardship, the daily agony of separation from family and friends; and finally, the ultimate sacrifice of our Gold Star families. Furthermore, those citizens who are not themselves members of the military and veteran community are eager to see that those who shoulder the enormous strain of wartime service are afforded the meaningful thanks of a grateful nation." adds Amy Fairweather, director of the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, a group of organizations dedicated to improving services for military, veterans, families and survivors, many of whom have joined to invite the candidates to this historic forum.

The Consortium includes a diverse group of veteran and military service organizations including Disabled Veterans of America, the Brain Injury Association of America, and Sentinels of Freedom. These groups are working in partnership with the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs, state and local governments, and faith and community based organizations to deliver services and support to our military, veterans and families.

Picard adds that, "We sincerely hope the candidates will accept our invitation. We hope this event will remind American voters in November that his or her choice will have a significant impact on the lives and well-being of millions of service members, veterans, wounded warriors, and military families—including children."

Consortium Members

American Veterans (AMVETS)

Jim King, Executive Director

Brain Injury Association of America

Laura A. Schiebelhut, Director of Government Affairs

Disabled Veterans of America (DAV)

David W. Gorman, Executive Director

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

MSG (Ret.) Michael P. Cline

Executive Director

Fleet Reserve Association

Joseph L. Barnes, CAE, ABC

National Executive Director

Military Officers Assn. of America

VADM Norb Ryan, Jr. (USN-Ret.), President

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Hershel Gober, National Legislative Director

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

Deborah Kloeppel, CEO

National Spinal Cord Injury Assn (NSCIA)

Marcie Roth, President/CEO

The Sanctuary International

Jon Norsworthy, Director

Veterans for Common Sense

Paul Sullivan, Executive Director

Veterans United for Truth

Bob Handy, HMC USN Ret, Chair

Vietnam Veterans of America

Texas State Council

Luther "Buster" Newberry, President

Veterans Village

Nadia McCaffrey, President/Founder

WELLsville Veterans Project

Kristin Van Huysen, President/Founder

Members of the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Air Compassion for Veterans

Richard Love, Chairman

American Pain Foundation

Tamara Sloan Anderson, Program Development Director

Armed Services YMCA

S. Frank Gallo, National Executive Director

Brave New Foundation

Jim Miller, Executive Director

CA National Guard

Jon Wilson, Financial Assistance Programs Manager


Barbara Lau, Executive Director

Coming Home Project

Dr. Joe Bobrow, Executive Director

Dallas Foundation

Laura Smith, Director, Community Philanthropy

Homes for Our Troops

John Gonsalves, President

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Karen Guenther, Executive Director

New Directions

Toni Reinis, Executive Director

One Freedom

Elizabeth Hawkins, Executive Director

Pathway Home

Fred Gusman, Executive Director

Project: Return 2 Work

Rob Brazell, President

Salvation Army Liberty Program

David K. Leonard, Coordinator

Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation

Mike Conklin, President

Swords to Plowshare

Michael Blecker, Executive Director


Bonnie Carroll, Founder

TIRR Foundation Project Victory

Cynthia Atkins, Executive Director

Vets 4 Vets

Jim Driscoll, Coordinator

Babette Maxwell, co-founder and Executive Editor of Military Spouse Magazine, is graciously donating her time and talent as the Town Hall's Military Family advisor


Carissa Picard, Esq.
2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium
Managing Director
Hood Townhall

Tell the world: My America Doesn't Torture!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."