Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 8:04PM
I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: CJ Jordan
Fort Hood: 202-489-7864
Koy Grant: 254-553-3995
Janelle Casson: 254-288-3770
NFL, I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc. & Pro Football Hall of Fame Host
The Elijah Alexander NFL Youth Leadership Symposium & Mini Clinic in Support of First Lady Michele Obama’s Military Family Initiative
at Fort Hood on Super Bowl Sunday
Washington- DC) Working with the NFL and with support of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc., will host the Elijah Alexander NFL Youth Leadership Symposium and Mini Clinic at Fort Hood on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (CMT).
On January 24th, President Barack Obama announced the findings of a study which identifies an enduring, government-wide approach to enhance the resilience of military families and to help them better navigate the unique aspects of military life by:
§ Enhancing the well-being and psychological health of the military family
§ Ensuring excellence in military children’s education and their development
§ Developing career and educational opportunities for military spouses
§ Increasing child care availability
PSD-9 outlines agency commitments to create an integrated, sustainable government support structure for military families that is coordinated with and enhanced by efforts of non-profit organizations, commercial industry, and the general public in our communities. This commitment extends to all who serve – more than 2.2 million Americans serving on active duty, including the National Guard and Reserve members who are geographically dispersed.
Our nation now nears its tenth year of combat. Since September 11, 2001, more than two million troops have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Fifty-five percent of the force is married and 40 percent have two children. Only 37 percent of our families live on military installations; the remaining 63 percent live in thousands of communities nationwide and quality for the Armed Forces.
President Obama commissioned the study last spring, led by the National Security Staff with participation by every cabinet agency, to identify and address the most pressing family issues. Presidential Study Directive-9 (PSD-9)
“First Lady Obama’s Military Family Initiative could not have come at more critical time, Military Families are the heart, soul and backbone of this nation,” stated CJ Jordan, co founder, I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc., and with the Super Bowl taking place two weeks after the launch, I am Not A HERO Foundation’s co founders and advisory board members are honored to lend our voice to a noble effect.
“I’m retired navy”, said Sam McNabb, advisory board member of I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc.,, founder of the National Football Players Fathers Association and some of our members are veterans thus from a personal standpoint we understand the selfless sacrifices of military families.
“We are looking forward to boosting the morale and supporting the military families at Ft. Hood on Super Bowl Sunday” states Reggie Howard, advisory board member, I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc., and founder of United Athletes Foundation, Inc. The Elijah Alexander NFL Leadership Symposium & Mini Clinic provides that venue.
“There are more than 1200 former veterans in the NFL family, including owners, current and former players, coaches, and staff. There also is a traveling exhibit that highlights the NFL’s special relationship with our Military, that’s housed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said LTG (RET.) Randy Rigby co-founder, I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc.
“As the father of a marine, we are pleased to support today’s special event and recognize the military and their families, states Harold Henderson, a co-founder of I Am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc. and NFL executive.”
Steve Perry, President/Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said “it’s about the community coming together and supporting the children of our service members, Wounded Warriors and veterans.”
As President Obama said, stated Scott Turner co founder, I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc., “it is vital for American communities to better understand the challenges our service and families members face – and how their communities can positively and productively involve those families. We are in this together, for it is not merely the work of the military or the government but the nation and we are a grateful nation.
I am Not A HERO Foundation: Is the only Veteran Service Organization (VSO) that is co-founded by athletes, entertainers, retired military, veteran and civilians in support of Military, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their Families.
The Elijah Alexander NFL Youth Leadership Symposium & Mini Clinic: Elijah Alexander, a founding advisory board member of I am Not A HERO Foundation, Inc., who passed away in 2010 after a five year battle from a rare form of cancer called myeloma. Elijah, a native of Ft. Worth, was a NFL linebacker for 10 years for the Buccaneers, Colts, Broncos and Raiders. He coached youth football for several years and founded the Tackle Myeloma Foundation to fund research and treatment for children with the rare cancer.
Fort Hood Family and MWR: Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation supports the largest active duty armed post in the U. S. Armed Services. The “Great Place” is home to two armored divisions and over 165, 00 military personnel, family members, retirees and civilian employee. Family and MWR enhances mission readiness by providing numerous recreation opportunities and services designed to equal those available to their civilian counterparts, thus encouraging growth and a feeling of self- reliance within the military community.