Raising funds and awareness for veteran issues


FOND DU LAC, Wis.(October 25, 2021) – Salute the Troops will host their 8th annual Veterans Gala on Wednesday, November 10 at South Hills Golf & Country Club.


This annual event will begin with networking at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and a short presentation by special guest speaker Brennan Wegener, founder of A Journey to the Light Ministries.This year, the focus of the evening will be a holistic approach to veteran’s well-being.


“Each year, we like to focus on an issue facing today’s veterans”, Tracy Qualmann, Board of Directors and event committee member, said. “Veterans and their families can be faced with tough issues. Taking care of one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being is essential to fostering a healthy lifestyle.”


Individual tickets to the event are $75 and sponsorships are available. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. To learn more, visit Salute the Troops website at salutethetroopswi.org/gala


Events such as this afford Salute the Troops the opportunity to provide support to local service-members, veterans, and their families through financial assistance, resource brokering, and supportive programming while creating awareness, delivering education, and fostering camaraderie all while stimulating economic development in our community.


Out of an abundance of caution, Salute the Troops has rescheduled their annual races to Saturday, September 5, 2020.

These annual races raise money for veterans in our community, as well as awareness of resources available to them. Racers can choose from a half marathon, Dobogai Memorial 5K Race, Brandon Michael Memorial Ruck March or the Fox Valley Savings Bank Kids' Race. Given the current environmental climate, Salute the Troops, as well as a number of local non-profits, is a vital resource to local veterans as they navigate through these unprecedented times.

For more information on Salute the Troops and their races, please visit salutethetroopswi.org

Salute the Troops seeks to support local service-members, veterans, and their families through financial assistance, resource brokering, and supportive programming while creating awareness, delivering education, and fostering camaraderie all while stimulating economic development in our community.


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Salute the Troops has hired Jason Turner as its’ next executive director.


“I’m excited to begin this role,” Turner said. “This is where I can reach out to veterans in need. As a combat veteran, like most combat veterans, I’ve more than once felt like I've lost my way. I want to reach out to the veterans in my community and show them how service to their fellow brothers and sisters can help heal some of those wounds and help them find themselves again.”


Turner is an army veteran who has been deployed a number of times during his 12-year military career. Turner was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Army Commendation Medal(2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Ribbon,Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 3 campaign stars, NATO ISAF Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge w/ Driver - Wheeled Vehicle Clasp. He has held a number of professional roles, most recently as a sales representative for Bio-Vet. He is also the owner of Combat Vet Customs and Vice President of the US Military Vets MC WI-2.

“Jason exemplifies the mission and core values of Salute the Troops,” Jim Erskine, Salute the Troops board of directors president, said. “His passion for helping other veterans and educating the public on resources will allow Salute the Troops to begin a new chapter in assisting veterans and their families in the communities we serve.”


In the role of executive director, Turner is responsible for a variety of items, including, but not limited to, effective public relations and fundraising; veteran support through workshops, meetings and financial assistance; engagement in events, meetings and initiatives that impact veterans and their families; and overall administration of the organization.


Salute the Troops seeks to support local service-members, veterans, and their families through financial assistance, resource brokering, and supportive programming while creating awareness, delivering education, and fostering camaraderie all while stimulating economic development in our community.


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