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Mission

“Helping Wounded Warriors and Veterans Get the Help and Benefits they deserve.”
Preparing the Wounded Warrior for the Transition into civilian life.
Bridging the gap of the Who, What, Where, and How to get the benefits you deserve.

Building a “Working Network” of Warrior Veterans, helping each other help ourselves.

Vision

With the military deployment outcomes today, too many of our Warriors are told that they are no longer of service to the military due to injuries serving our country.  That they will be discharged from the military and face the uncertainty and outcome of a Medical Evaluation Board process.

Far too often in these situations they are left to their own devices to get through this process.  And as a Wounded Warrior myself…. I know this can be a “Whirlwind” experience and we are left alone to get through it.  Though the military has programs for us to follow… in most cases… it’s a check the box system due to sheer numbers.

That’s what “Networking Warriors of America” is all about.  It’s based upon “Lessons Learned” by those that have gone through it… For those that are going through it!

Networking Warriors of America” will help Wounded Warriors and Veterans get the help and benefits they earned and deserve by helping preparing the Wounded Warrior for the Transition into civilian life.  It is designed to:

  • Meet with our Wounded Warriors when they are notified that they are being Med-Boarded.
  • Assist in instructing the warrior to use the Military Regulations and programs to their advantage.
  • Assist them in developing an “Execution Plan” Prior to their ETS.
  • Build a working network of Warrior Veterans helping each other help ourselves.
  • Help in Bridging the gap between the appropriate organizations that help our Wounded Warriors and Veterans pertaining to:
    • Who do I…..
    • Where do I…..
    • What do I…..
    • and How do I get My Benefits…..
  • And through our Warrior Network… we will continue to update and evaluate our information and organization through lessons learned in order to continue to serve and benefit those that follow.

Qualifications

Welcome to Networking Warriors of America.  And yes… You’ve found the right site.  Wounded Warriors helping Wounded Warriors get our benefits.

LTC Telese

LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq

As a Wounded Warrior myself, and with all the military deployment outcomes today, too many of us are told that we are no longer of service to the military due to injuries we incurred serving our country.  For many, we will and or have been discharged from the military and faced the uncertainty of a Medical Evaluation Board process.

As a LTC that has gone through the MEBD/PEB process, I had to learn a whole new set of regulations IOT understand my rights to medical care.  To understand my rights during the MEBD/PEB process to include appeals and waivers.  I had to learn a whole new way of understanding DOD policy and public opinion.  I learned to understand the military perspective.  The medical command perspective.  And that of VA perspective which is an on-going process.  I had to learn and survive what was then the MRPU and now the WTU IOT get the medical care and treatments required.  And as we have learned… Far too often in these situations we are left to own devices to get through this process.  Having been there myself…. I know this is a “Whirlwind” experience.  The military provided help but…

And that’s what “Networking Warriors of America” is all about.  A new networking Wounded Warrior and Veteran site built especially for us, by us as a result of those unique experiences that we had to endure as a result of our military service.  It’s based upon “Lessons Learned” by those that have gone through it… For those that are going through it!

Today, there are numerous initiatives underway by the DOD, the military services, by VA, and the medical community IOT to ensure that we are taken care of with the best means available.

And through our Warrior Network… we will continue to monitor and watch the DOD, the military services, the VA, and the medical community initatives as they pertain to our benefits.  We will voice our concerns and as appropriate.  And we will update and evaluate this site, our information, and our organization through lessons learned in order to continue to serve and benefit those that follow.

Contact

My email address: artelese@networkingwarriors.org

My phone: 972-467-2625

Board of Directors

Marion S. “Buz” Price

Buz Price

Buz Price is Senior Vice President, Operations at the Omnicom agency, Javelin Marketing Group, Dallas. Before Javelin, at the Omnicom agency, Rapp Collins Worldwide, Buz served as VP, Group Account Director for client, AT&T.

Buz has over twenty five years experience in a wide variety of roles in marketing and advertising, including: client service, creative, production, strategic planning, public relations, direct marketing and CRM. He has served many notable clients, such as: AT&T, Cingular, Blockbuster, Mitsubishi Motors, Cotton Inc., FedEx, Holiday Inns, First Horizon, W.R. Grace, U.S. Borax, Bayer and Philips / Magnavox.

Buz Price has a BFA from the University of Memphis, PDM (Professional Direct Markter Certification) from the Block School of Business, University of Missouri and is a Certified Print Production Professional (by Print Communications Professionals International).

After graduating from college, Buz was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy and served as communications officer on board the U.S.S. Corry DD817. He later became an intelligence officer, worked in the Navy’s development program for unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. He served in the Persian Gulf and other special operations as a mission planner. After his active duty assignments, he remained in the Naval Reserve where he commanded two intelligence units and as a seven state area commander. He recently retired from the Naval Reserve as a Captain (O6).

Mike McCartin

Mike McCartin

Mike is  an accomplished cross-channel marketing professional.  He has held a variety of leadership positions at top digital and CRM agencies, including the management of digital, creative, analytic, strategic planning, business process, production, database marketing, applications development, account management and project management competencies.

He has lead the design, development and delivery of a number of marketing technology solutions,  including integrated marketing systems (VDP, Purls, SMS & Email), marketing automation systems (workflow, asset and project management),  customer life-cycle systems,  analytical dashboards and data marts.

During his career he has contributed to the success of numerous clients, including  AT&T, Allstate, TruGreen, The Scooter Store, Citi, New Zealand Telecom, Hyatt, ING, Mitsubishi Motors, Roche, Sony Entertainment, DirecTV, and Adobe.

McCartin helps clients bridge the gaps that exist between their brand promises and the reality of the consumer experience by delivering relevant cross-channel ideas, interactions and intelligence that generate impact where people live, work and play.  Mike no longer delivers via a digital strategy, instead he delivers through strategies for a digital world.

Mary S. Shiroma

Since 1981, Mary Shiroma has served as president of Shiroma Southwest, one of DFW’s top public relations firms, providing high visibility media exposure and integrated marketing services for its clients.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mary Shiroma received a B.S. degree in Journalism from Marquette University.  Mary holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Dallas. She began her professional career as a promotional writer for The Milwaukee Journal. She joined Blue Cross of Wisconsin, where she managed internal public relations, was the company photographer, produced an IABC-award winning company magazine and developed newsletters targeted at the medical, hospital and health care provider publics. Mary also free-lanced as a photo journalist, with her work appearing in publications such as the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Moving to Dallas, TX,  she became director of public relations/news & information services for the University of Dallas, and then spent six years handling health care accounts, international financial clients and special events for a Dallas-based PR firm, prior to founding Shiroma Southwest.  Today she heads a team of highly skilled professionals who provide clients with TV, print, social media and web-based media exposure.

Mary is a member of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, and serves on its Signature Luncheon committee.  She is a board member and program chair of the Park City Club’s Park City Business Alliance.  She belongs to the Addison Business Association, Success North Dallas and BNI’s Central Business Chapter.  She is a past board member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and past member of the Executive Committee and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Symphony;  past president of the Marquette Club of North Texas, past vice president and 2-time ball chairman of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra Guild, and former board member of the Naval Academy Parents Club of North Texas.

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