Engaging Students.
Preserving Legacy.

Our mission is to Connect Students with Veterans™ in order to honor veterans, preserve America’s heritage, and develop future leaders. Helping to bridge the gap between civilian and military life, we strive to develop students' character and civic responsibility, while recognizing our veterans' legacy of service.
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It started in Barbara Hatch’s classroom in 1998, when a student asked "Is Saving Private Ryan real?" A dedicated history teacher, Barbara had the idea to invite veterans to share their real stories with her students. The student’s interest continued and the service stories grew more frequent and diverse. The program organically grew and evolved into an after-school oral history publishing club in 2004, and a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in 2009.

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Dedicated to fostering character in students, while honoring the sacrifice made by our service men and women.
Our veterans continue to find purpose in giving back. Being the first time many have shared their service journey publicly, the process can be cathartic and a catalyst for continuing to share their story with family.
Our students begin to discover their full potential, building their communication and collaboration skills, while learning about integrity, leadership and teamwork through some incredible stories of valor. The relationships forged last a lifetime.
Experiential learning promotes critical thinking and improves academic skills--all while teaching students the importance of civic responsibility. 95% of our students pursue continuing education.
Enhancing patriotism and civic education, Veteran’s Heritage Project strengthen families and community relationships.


Meet the dedicated business, education, and military leaders who make up our Board and Staff.
Mike Burns
Mike Burns
Board President
Attorney & Retired Business Executive
Since You Asked,™
Volume X, Phoenix I Edition
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Anita Daghestani
Board Vice President
Learning & Development Manager
Wells Fargo
Kerry Ahern
Kerry Ahern, MBA
Board Treasurer
SVP, Resource Planning Leader
Bank of America
Alumni Parent
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Shelly Yeck, MBA
Board Secretary
Manager of Material Bidding & Estimating
General Dynamics
Alumni Parent


View our Annual Reports and Financials
FY 19 Annual Report
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FY20 Annual Report
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FY 19 Financials
FY 19 Reviewed Financials
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FY20 Reviewed Financials
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FY 19 Form 990
FY 19 Form 990
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FY 20 Form 990
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Nominations are now open for our 1st Annual Alumni Service Award, sponsored by the Reifschneider Family Philanthropy Fund.
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