Hon. Tammy Duckworth
Ladda Tammy Duckworth is the child of a World War II vet and a Thai immigrant of Chinese descent. She lost her legs piloting a Blackhawk helicopter through an insurgent attack in Iraq. In January 2013, using prosthetic legs, she stepped onto the floor of the US House of Representatives as the first combat-injured female member of Congress in the history of the United States.
Duckworth was elected to the House by voters in Illinois’ 8th District.
Tammy is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and received a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She and her husband Bryan, an Army Major, live in Hoffman Estates where their home was rebuilt for wheelchair access in 2005 by her fellow Soldiers and friends. Despite her injuries, she declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
General Ronald Griffith, US Army, Retired
Ronald H. Griffith serves as the Executive Vice President of L-3 Communications’ Government Services Group. Mr. Griffith served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of MPRI, Inc., since 1998. He served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army until 1997. Mr. Griffith served as a Director of Allied Defense Group Inc. since April 2000 until September 1, 2010. He was the keynote speaker at ORHF’s opening fundraiser which brought over $9K in donations.
Linda Bryant, Legal Justice Consultant
Linda is a current Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Norfolk, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary School of Law, Linda is a prior U.S. Army JAGC. In private practice, she worked for a law firm that represented military clients and their spouses in the Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk area. She started prosecuting in 1996. Since 1996, she has prosecuted many high profile cases to include over 40 murders cases. She also represented the state of Virginia in trying to bring a man who murdered a police officer to justice. In addition to prosecuting cases and overseeing a team of attorneys that prosecute cases, she oversees, on behalf of Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory D. Underwood, the state’s involvement in the Norfolk Drug Court, the Norfolk Re-Entry Docket, the Norfolk Mental Health Docket, and the Veteran’s “Track” of services for Veterans in the criminal justice system. In 2010, she was one of a handful of Virginia lawyers who received the “Leader in the Law” award. In 2010, she was one of only two prosecutors across the state who received a “Distinguished Prosecutor” award for her efforts on behalf of juvenile victims and victims of domestic violence. In 2012 she was recognized with the South Hampton Roads Woman of Distinction Award by the YWCA for her efforts in eliminating gender based violence and racism. Her husband, Scott, is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer stationed at Little Creek, Norfolk. He was the 2004 U.S. Navy Sea Sailor of the Year and the 2003 Atlantic Fleet Command Sea Sailor of the year. Linda ensures ORHF engages in best practices when advocating for the development of veterans’ services for homeless veterans in the criminal justice system. Linda helps guide our advocacy approach for Veterans against the backdrop of the rights of crime victims to ensure the rights of all Virginia citizens are protected at all times.
James J. Carafano,
James Jay Carafano is a leading expert in national security, defense affairs, and homeland security at The Heritage Foundation. Before assuming responsibility for Heritage’s entire defense and foreign policy team in December 2012, Carafano had served as deputy director of the Davis Institute as well as director of its Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies since 2009. He has testified before the U.S. Congress many times and has provided commentary for ABC, BBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, SkyNews, PBS, National Public Radio, the History Channel, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, and Australian, Austrian, Canadian, French, Greek, Hong Kong, Irish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish television. His editorials have appeared in newspapers nationwide including The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and The Washington Times. He is a weekly columnist for the Washington Examiner.
Carafano served as a member of the National Academy’s Board on Army Science and Technology, the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee, and is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He was the creative director for the feature-length documentary 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.
An accomplished historian and teacher, Carafano is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and has served as a visiting professor at National Defense University. He previously served as an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and as director of military studies at the Army’s Center of Military History. He taught at Mount Saint Mary College in New York and was a fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
He is the author of many books and studies. His most recent book is Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security. Carafano coauthored Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom. The first to coin the term, the “long war,” the authors argue that a successful strategy requires a balance of prudent military and security measures, continued economic growth, the zealous protection of civil liberties and winning the “war of ideas” against terrorist ideologies. Carafano joined Heritage in 2003. Before becoming a policy expert, he served 25 years in the Army. Carafano rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in Europe, Korea and the United States. His assignments included head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service’s highest-ranking officer. Before retiring, Carafano was executive editor of Joint Force Quarterly, the Defense Department’s premiere professional military journal.
A graduate of West Point, Carafano also has a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College.
Jennifer Lopez, Event Coordinator
Jennifer Lopez joined the US Army immediately after the 9/11 attacks and served for over five years as a Chemical Operations Specialist. As a Veteran, Jennifer is very passionate in helping other Veterans in need as she experienced first hand how our current fragile economy affects our Nation’s heroes. Jennifer’s currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Information Technology.
Shannon Brown, Government Senior Executive Service
Shannon Brown was commissioned Army Aviation in May 1989 from Northern Arizona University (ROTC- Distinguished Military Graduate). She is a traditional Guardsman “Citizen Soldier” and an attack helicopter pilot with over 22 years of dedicated military service, both on active duty and in the Maryland National Guard. Shannon is a 2010 graduate of the US Army War College. In her civilian career she is a Government Senior Executive.
General Crosbie Saint, US Army, Retired
Captain Denver Key, US Navy, Retired, former Vietnam War POW
Noe Landini, Fish Market & Landini Bros Restaurant
Steve Morris, CEO Morris Construction
Cindy Morris, Social Worker
Richard Dannenberg, CEO USA Property Management
Willie Stalling, Owner Stalling System Fitness
Chris Paul, CEO FRC Marketing