Honoring their Sacrifice - Robert O'Neil, Major Ed Pulido,Ginger Ravella

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Honoring their Sacrifice - Robert O'Neill, Major Ed Pulido,Ginger Ravella

Date: Apr 18, 2019
Robert O'Neill, the man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden, will be coming to speak right here in Abilene, TX on the evening of April 18th at the Expo Center of Taylor County. Major Ed Pulido and Ginger Revalla will be joining O'Neill that evening in speaking as well. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Junior Folds of Honor Organization. This event is purposed to educate our youth along with the rest of us on the sacrifices that have been made to give us the freedoms cherish daily. The evening will be filled with action-packed stories from O'Neill and company on their deployments and personal experiences surrounding their involvement with the U.S. military. Their words will include an array of life lessons, appreciation for our country, and remembrance of gratitude for the freedoms and things we have in the privilege of being a citizen of the United States of America.

About the Folds of Honor:

The Folds of Honor's Mission Statement is to "Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy." The Purpose of the Folds of Honor Organziation is to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.

About the Speakers:

Robert O'Neill:

One of the country’s most highly decorated Navy SEAL combat veterans, Robert J. O’Neill was involved in our nation’s most strategic military campaigns and led the military’s most elite. Deploying more than a dozen times, O’Neill held combat leadership roles in over 400 combat missions across four different theaters of war. After almost 17 years of service, Mr. O’Neill was honorably discharged in August 2012 as Team Leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

During his remarkable career, Robert J. O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors. Some of Mr. O’Neill’s most notable military decorations include: two Silver Stars(1), four Bronze Stars with Valor(2), a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor(3), three Presidential Unit citations and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.

A public speaker, security consultant, philanthropist and FOX News contributor, Rob is involved in a range of missions. Through his charity, Your Grateful Nation, O’Neill works to raise awareness and financial support for special operations military personnel making the difficult transition from the battlefield to the boardroom.

Whether speaking to a small group of 9/11 survivors, or to an auditorium full of business professionals, Rob enjoys traveling the country, meeting fellow Americans and translating his elite SEAL training into high-impact, actionable insights. As a regular contributor with FOX News Channel, Rob offers expert analysis on terrorism and military strategy.

Major Ed Pulido:

Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation a Veteran’s charity which provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded educational scholarships. Additionally, he is a Founding member of Warriors for Freedom Foundation a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and wellness support of our wounded Veterans and their families. He is the spokesperson for AROGA Health. Finally, Major Ed is the Founder of Warrior Nation, a movement focused on the rights of liberty, freedom and patriotism with an autobiography entitled Warrior for Freedom: Challenge, Triumph and Change, the Major Ed Pulido Story.

On the 17th of August, 2004, Major Pulido hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D) or roadside bomb while serving with the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus. Due to the extensive injuries to his left knee, doctors had to amputate his left leg on October 1, 2004. For his heroism and valor on that August day, the President of the United States along with General David Petraeus awarded him the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals.

Major Pulido’s story of courage and sacrifice has been featured in Time Magazine, PGA Magazine, Fox News, CNN and many national and local Oklahoma City television stations and print media. Since, his amputation, Major Pulido has been a staunch advocate for veterans with disabilities, specifically focusing on advocacy efforts to promote prosthetic technologies, peer visiting with fellow amputees at Brooke and Walter Reed Medical Centers, and raising awareness on the needs of veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (T.B.I) on behalf of the DOD and VA Real Warriors National Campaign

Ginger Ravella:

Ginger Gilbert Ravella is a military wife and widow, mother of five, stepmother of two, writer and international speaker. At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her college-sweetheart husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that quickly followed.

Her late husband, Major Troy Gilbert, an Air Force F-16 pilot, gave his life while saving over twenty Special Operation soldiers, defining a true American war hero. His remains were tragically stolen by the enemy but led to a captivating story of recovery unprecedented in U.S. military history. He left behind five beautiful children, all under the age of 9 years. Ginger’s openly genuine testimony of wrestling with God in the midst of despair and depression resonates with those who question their faith in the face of tragedy. Her private pain became front-page news time and time again over an amazing ten-year journey. Ginger has shared her heart-wrenching story of loss, perseverance and hope in venues such as “The O’Reilly Factor”, “Fox and Friends News”, TIME Magazine, “CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper”, The Golf Channel, USA Today, Air Force Times, Gary Sinise documentary “Lt. Dan Band - For the Common Good”, Stars and Stripes, NRA TV documentary with Lee Brice “This is My Cause”, CMT News, PGA Magazine and numerous national radio interviews.

Ginger is the Director of the Speakers Bureau for Folds of Honor, a non-profit charity whose mission is to raise educational funds for fallen and wounded soldiers’ families. She is an international speaker and author devoted to her God, her family and her country.

For additonal resources and information on the speakers of this event and the Folds of Honor Foundation please check out the links below:

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