The event will take place at Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana at a pregame ceremony. Anna Lovell who is the PR/Marketing Director of "Veterans of Valor" will serve as Stand & Salute American Heroes "Boots on the Ground". Ms. Lovell stated "I am honored to work with Klay and Veterans of Valor on a daily basis. The amount of support and respect he and the foundation receive is amazing. He knows first hand the long tunnel of healing that begins when you become a combat-wounded soldier. Klay offers hope, shared experiences and he points out the light at the end of that tunnel during his hospital visits, speeches and his work with Veterans Affairs. He is a American Hero to many because he is a soldier, but he is also a hero because he chooses to pay it forward".
On November 11, 2004, while clearing houses in Fallujah, Iraq, Marine Cpl. Klay South pushed through a door and was met with a fury of gunfire. An AK-47 round ripped through the right side of his mouth and face, while another round went through his foot. After enduring over 40 procedures and surgeries since 2004, Klay knows mental and physical strains of being a combat-wounded soldier. Veterans of Valor focus on the therapeutic aspects of individual and family care. The organization exists to assist combat wounded veterans, and to provide unique items, services and programs to meet their specific physical, mental and emotional needs throughout the entire healing process.
In 2007, Sgt. South founded "Veterans of Valor" as a result of his own experiences as a combat wounded Marine. Veterans of Valor offer support and hope to the combat-wounded service members from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Backpacks full of useful items for the soldiers in their long hospital stays are given at bedside or in special ceremonies. It is an honor to be able to recognize Sgt. South who also honors combat wounded soldiers. Sgt. South was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in Operation Phantom Fury. Sgt. South is highly decorated and received a second Purple Heart for his experiences in combat.
Ms. Roth stated that the staff's appreciation regarding the support of the Indiana Ice Hockey team, saying, "It was a pleasure to be able to recognize the genuine care and affinity with the Indiana Ice Hockey's community relations staff when they were told the story of Sgt. South. The Indiana Ice Hockey Team is an organization of "True Class."
Stand and Salute American Heroes has partnered with the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel for accommodations for all that will be attending the Honor Event. The entire staff has shown that they truly believe in honoring wounded Veterans and Troops that have served our Country.
For those desiring to attend this honor event on November 11th, please contact the Indiana Ice Hockey ticket office at (317) 925-4423. You may also email sunshineroth@
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Stand & Salute American Heroes is a major program of Our Fallen Soldier, a 501 (c) 3 Organization. It is a time for them to be recognized for the service and sacrifices they have given to ensure the FREEDOM and liberation of others. We honor them one hero at a time, but there are times, such as Veteran’s Day where many are honored together.