Our philosophy is quite close to that put forth by the noted philosopher, columnist, comedian, economist and actor, Ben Stein: "I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a human."
Founder, President Robert H. Meaders,MD. CAPT, Medical Corps, USN-Retired, Viet Nam vet. Flight Surgeon, Senior Naval Parachutist, Diver (SCUBA). Pilot, SMELS, Flight Instructor, Board certified in Preventive Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology. Ex-Medical Director, International Eye Foundation. Contact: email@example.com. Wife, LaVera serves as chief mail organizer and in general keeps the old feller going.
Co-founder: SGT Justin Meaders, USMC, now IRR and going to college, Operation Iraqi Freedom vet, martial arts expert, Combat Engineer, back from his 2nd combat tour. Rolled up Ramadi bad guys first time, went back and served in Anbar Province the second time. Personally distributed over a thousand kits to his comrades-in-arms in between combat missions.
June 2011: Justin graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Biology and Spanish, aiming for a career in prosthetics, specializing in military cases.
VP Fund Raising: Robert Fellers, "Marine for Life", Viet Nam vet, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, rides loud motorcycles, fondness for adult beverages.
VP Treasurer: Richard Vetter, Ex-Army, European theater, Certified Public Accountant. Bald. Ex-smoker (weekly).
VP Secretary: Jack Visage, CDR, USN-retired. Viet Nam vet, ship driver in past life. Plays golf about like I waltz.
VP Everything Else: Rod McMahon, North American Metals rust-jockey. Former Air Force, collects firearms and firewater.
McMahon stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling
Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) in Stamford, Connecticut, in September, 2009, to
run for the U.S. Senate.
the Republican nominee to represent the people of Connecticut in 2010 and
again in 2012.
As a business executive, McMahon helped grow WWE from a modest, 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 700 employees in offices worldwide. McMahon has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives.
During Mrs. McMahon’s tenure as CEO, the WWE was the recipient of the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s first ever “Legacy of Hope” (in honor of Bob Hope) award for its extensive support of our troops. In 2007, the company received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for its support of deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has recognized WWE as a top wish granter.
Advisory Board: Vice President Vince McMahon
Aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft Carrier, one of many troop entertainment visits including Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times.
Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WWE, transformed the company into the family-friendly, global entertainment phenomenon it is today. As a pioneer in the television syndication business, a recognized television personality throughout the world, a creative visionary and fearless marketer, he continues to make his presence known as a leader within the broadcast and entertainment industries.
McMahon also believes in leveraging the power of WWE’s brand and platforms to help address important social issues worldwide, including an unwavering support for the U.S. Armed Forces. Under McMahon’s leadership, WWE has been a strong supporter of the military through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free entertainment for active servicemen and servicewomen, and provide workforce assistance for veterans. In 2004, the USO of Metropolitan Washington presented WWE with the first ever "Legacy of Hope" award (named after Bob Hope) for the company's extensive support of troops and the USO's Operation Care Package Program. In 2012, WWE celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual holiday special event, Tribute to the Troops, which has taken place on active military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as joint operating bases here in the U.S.
Celebrity Spokesperson: Cher. What else can I say. Love that sweet gal whose face (and body) have launched a million dreams and whose generosity and love have saved the lives and futures of untold numbers of our warriors...and their families and loved ones.
East Coast Director: Mark Meaders, Major, USAF-Retired and Carla Jean Meaders, SMSgt, USAFR. Enthusiastic, web-savvy guy who did all the work to put this stuff together. Wears glasses and a hearing aid. Fun to embarrass your kids, isn't it? note from Mark - every time I clean up the web site, my Pa messes it up again. Of course, Carla's primary job is keeping Mark out of trouble.
Miss Operation Helmet:: Candice Bennatt, past Miss Houston, present Miss Dallas, Miss New Mexico <then Miss USA?>
Partners: All the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen whose sacrifice and devotion to duty make this operation both possible and needed. And their wonderful families, including my wife, LaVera.
Key Volunteers: Rod McMahon, North American Metals, Inc. and his entire family (think WWE); Scott Henderson, Navy airplane driver in past life, Viet Nam vet. Bob Shelton, Marine Aviator, ex-grunt, Viet Nam vet.
Our Affiliated Volunteers around the country
And all the wonderful families, friends, business associates and concerned citizens who are a tremendous help and support
Operation Helmet has no connection to or association with any manufacturer of helmet suspension systems. Our only goal is added protection for our troops. If a better upgrade comes along, supported by sound scientific data from both civilian and military studies, we'd add it or switch to it in a heartbeat. We do not have an official relationship with any branch of the uniformed services, although we provide helmet upgrades to all who ask, when money allows.
All admin expenses related to the organization are still covered by Doc Bob. Our books are open to inspection by any person at our home office.
Operation Helmet is an IRS approved 501-C-3 organization, making all past and future donations tax deductible to the individual or company. EIN: 20-1756585
We hope that instead of re-verification, we will be out of business because the efforts of all of us will convince our military to upgrade THEIR HELMETS with Government funds. In the meantime, let's keep our life-saving work going. Semper fi, shipmates. Love to all and God Bless America. s/Doc Bob