New Leadership Means New Opportunities for Coalition to Salute America`s Heroes

Released on = February 13, 2007, 8:33 am

Press Release Author = The Coalition to Salute America\'s Heros

Industry = Non Profit

Press Release Summary = Ray Clifford appointed executive director of the non-profit,
nonpartisan organization assisting severely wounded service members from the War on

Press Release Body = Ossining, NY - February 13, 2007 - The Coalition to Salute
America's Heroes today announced that the Board of Directors unanimously approved
the appointment of Ray Clifford as Executive Director.

"Ray has been instrumental in getting the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes where
it is today. His knack for strategic planning, comprehension of the changing needs
within the wounded hero community and dedication to mission delivery has been
critical in the development of some our most successful programs," said David
Walker, member of the Board of Directors. "As executive director, Ray's contagious
compassion for our severely injured service members will inspire government
agencies, corporate America, private organizations and individual donors to step up
and honor those that have given so much for their country. We have no doubt that he
will continue to push the Coalition forward, leading the way in raising awareness
for, and providing much-needed assistance to, our injured and disabled troops."

Mr. Clifford first started with the Coalition in the spring of 2004 as director of
marketing and strategic development. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years in the
marketing and promotion industry, specializing in strategic planning, marketing and
promotional programs between Fortune 500 brands and leading retailers.

Mr. Clifford has been instrumental in helping the Coalition identify and assist
severely wounded service members from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi
Freedom. He spearheaded the creation of the Coalition's highly regarded Wounded
Hero Emergency Relief Program, overseeing the distribution of more than 3 million
dollars in direct financial aid to support more than 3,000 service members and their

He also worked closely with the Military Severely Injured Center (MSIC) in
Alexandria, V.A., a military support office established by the Department of
Defense, to implement policies and procedures to identify and verify the needs of
injured service members and their families. This system was critical in the
development of the Coalition's Wounded Hero Registry which tracks the progress of
wounded service members from the War on Terror and allows the Coalition to
proactively adjust mission programs to meet the changing needs of wounded service
members and their families.

"I am honored to be elected executive director of the Coalition to Salute America's
Heroes, and proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization that looks after our
wounded troops," says Clifford. "I am looking forward to working with the board of
directors, our dedicated volunteers, partners, government agencies and private
organizations to provide support and assistance to the men and women who have been
severely injured defending our nation."

As Executive Director for the Coalition, he will continue to serve as the lead
liaison between governmental agencies and service organizations, including the
Department of Defense, Military Severely Injured Center, Army wounded warrior
program (AW2), Palace Hart, Marine 4 life and SafeHarbor.

In addition to overseeing the daily operations, Clifford will lead the development
and refinement of mission-based programs, looking for new opportunities to develop
key partnerships between governmental and private organizations to better identify
and meet the evolving needs of the wounded hero population.

Mr. Clifford is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and resides in
Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

For more information on the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, visit

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About The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes:
The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization
that offers several programs to assist disabled veterans who have served in Iraq and
Afghanistan: Wounded Hero Emergency Financial Relief (provides urgent financial
assistance to disabled veterans), Homes for Wounded Heroes (offers nearly cost-free,
new or renovated disability adapted homes to men and women), Hire A Hero (reaches
out through a network of organizations to help prepare and place motivated,
qualified veterans in quality jobs), Family Support Network (offers special services
to help relieve financial and emotional burdens facing heroes and their families),
and the Road to Recovery Conferences (all-expense paid educational and service
events for wounded servicemen and servicewomen and their families). For more
information please visit the website at

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Contact Details = Ashlie Lanning

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