Our Guests Attending

Help us welcome and honor the following veterans and guests attending the Helicopters for Heroes’ Annual Helicopter Hunt and Festival. Thank you for your service.

We will be adding to this list as our attendees are confirmed.

School: University of Arizona

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year: 2019

My name is Quinn Mooldyk and I’ve been involved with CFP for a couple of years and have made some incredible connections through them! I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 and may possibly continue my education through law school in the future. Thanks to CFP paying for school and its financial endeavors have been one less weight off my shoulders! I would love to join in on Helicopters with Heroes and hunt with you all!

Attending with Fallen Patriots

Quinn Mooldyk

School: University of Arizona

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year: 2019

My name is Quinn Mooldyk and I’ve been involved with CFP for a couple of years and have made some incredible connections through them! I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 and may possibly continue my education through law school in the future. Thanks to CFP paying for school and its financial endeavors have been one less weight off my shoulders! I would love to join in on Helicopters with Heroes and hunt with you all!

Attending with Fallen Patriots

School: United State Military Academy

Major: American Legal Studies

Graduation Year: 2012

I am from Savannah, GA and the youngest of 11 siblings. I am a second-generation Army veteran with multiple siblings having served. Completing my transition from the military to corporate law, located on the east coast.

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Quincy Jallah

School: United State Military Academy

Major: American Legal Studies

Graduation Year: 2012

I am from Savannah, GA and the youngest of 11 siblings. I am a second-generation Army veteran with multiple siblings having served. Completing my transition from the military to corporate law, located on the east coast.

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School: Brigham Young University- Idaho

Major: Business Finance

Graduation Year: 2016

Growing up with my father being in the military I was blessed to live in many different parts of the US. Since graduating from college in 2016, I have had the unique opportunity to work and live in NYC with my beautiful wife. While I don’t have the same access to the things I grew up doing (riding motorcycles, snowboarding, shooting guns, and skating) I have been able to gain an appreciation for the diverse cultures, restaurants, and people in New York. I’m grateful that the military lifestyle helped me get outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to always look for the good in every situation.

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Daniel Bertolino

School: Brigham Young University- Idaho

Major: Business Finance

Graduation Year: 2016

Growing up with my father being in the military I was blessed to live in many different parts of the US. Since graduating from college in 2016, I have had the unique opportunity to work and live in NYC with my beautiful wife. While I don’t have the same access to the things I grew up doing (riding motorcycles, snowboarding, shooting guns, and skating) I have been able to gain an appreciation for the diverse cultures, restaurants, and people in New York. I’m grateful that the military lifestyle helped me get outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to always look for the good in every situation.

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School: University of North Georgia

Major: Accounting

Graduation Year: 2022

My name is Abigail Wittwer and I am a Fallen Patriots Scholar. My dad was a fighter pilot in the Navy, and he passed away in January of 2006 in a training accident. Fallen Patriots has done so much for me and my siblings. I love the foundation and all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet through it!

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Abigail Wittwer

School: University of North Georgia

Major: Accounting

Graduation Year: 2022

My name is Abigail Wittwer and I am a Fallen Patriots Scholar. My dad was a fighter pilot in the Navy, and he passed away in January of 2006 in a training accident. Fallen Patriots has done so much for me and my siblings. I love the foundation and all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet through it!

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School: University of South Carolina

Major: Environmental Studies/Operations and Supply Chain

Graduation Year: 2024

Jenna is a freshman from New Bern, North Carolina. She is the proud daughter of LtCol Benjamin James Palmer, USMC. She is actively involved in student government, gamecock sailing, and Greek life. She enjoys the outdoors, sailing and hiking.

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Jenna Palmer

School: University of South Carolina

Major: Environmental Studies/Operations and Supply Chain

Graduation Year: 2024

Jenna is a freshman from New Bern, North Carolina. She is the proud daughter of LtCol Benjamin James Palmer, USMC. She is actively involved in student government, gamecock sailing, and Greek life. She enjoys the outdoors, sailing and hiking.

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School: Virginia Tech

Major: General Engineering

Graduation Year: 2024

I am a freshman at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC there at VT. My father was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. He was killed when I was 15 months old. I am very interested in all things aviation.

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Noah Moehling

School: Virginia Tech

Major: General Engineering

Graduation Year: 2024

I am a freshman at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC there at VT. My father was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. He was killed when I was 15 months old. I am very interested in all things aviation.

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School: Clemson University

Major: Marketing

Graduation Year: 2022

I love adventure, snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, traveling, and shopping. My dad was a helicopter pilot, so this sounds like such a cool opportunity. I’m from the south so I’ve grown up around hunting, fishing, mudding, etc! I actually have a 4-month-old puppy who went dove hunting for the first-time last weekend! I have two brothers as well that love to do fun adventurous things with me. I also do the marketing for a company called Gun Dog Solutions that provides medical kits for field dogs!

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Sarah Moehling

School: Clemson University

Major: Marketing

Graduation Year: 2022

I love adventure, snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, traveling, and shopping. My dad was a helicopter pilot, so this sounds like such a cool opportunity. I’m from the south so I’ve grown up around hunting, fishing, mudding, etc! I actually have a 4-month-old puppy who went dove hunting for the first-time last weekend! I have two brothers as well that love to do fun adventurous things with me. I also do the marketing for a company called Gun Dog Solutions that provides medical kits for field dogs!

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School: The Citadel

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2021

I am currently a senior at the Citadel and graduating in the fall. Upon graduation, the plan is to pursue an active-duty career with either the Army or the Marine Corps. I volunteer regularly with organizations meant to provide mentorship to children who have lost their parents in military service. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, shooting, and just general adventuring.

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Alex Moehling

School: The Citadel

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2021

I am currently a senior at the Citadel and graduating in the fall. Upon graduation, the plan is to pursue an active-duty career with either the Army or the Marine Corps. I volunteer regularly with organizations meant to provide mentorship to children who have lost their parents in military service. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, shooting, and just general adventuring.

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School: Colorado State University

Major: Journalism and Media Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Cassidy La Bouff is a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado studying Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of the classroom, Cassidy is involved with numerous clubs and organizations including Colorado State Athletics. Cassidy is passionate about supporting our veterans, active-duty military, and their families. As a Gold Star Child, she best expresses this passion by supporting non-profits that work directly with Gold Star and surviving families. Over the last few years, Cassidy has worked closely with a non-profit, Children of Fallen Patriots (Fallen Patriots).  Cassidy was the Fallen Patriots 2019 summer intern and the 2019 Greenwich Gala Student Speaker.

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Cassidy La Bouff

School: Colorado State University

Major: Journalism and Media Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Cassidy La Bouff is a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado studying Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of the classroom, Cassidy is involved with numerous clubs and organizations including Colorado State Athletics. Cassidy is passionate about supporting our veterans, active-duty military, and their families. As a Gold Star Child, she best expresses this passion by supporting non-profits that work directly with Gold Star and surviving families. Over the last few years, Cassidy has worked closely with a non-profit, Children of Fallen Patriots (Fallen Patriots).  Cassidy was the Fallen Patriots 2019 summer intern and the 2019 Greenwich Gala Student Speaker.

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School: Clemson University

Major: Health Science

Graduation Year: 2020

My name is Greyson Gilbert, I go to Clemson University and am a junior Health Science major, planning to graduate in 2020. I was born in Texas, so Texas is my home state, but now I call South Carolina home. My dad was Major Troy Gilbert, USAF, and was killed in action in OIF when I was 6 years old. I’m the second oldest of five kids, and I’m passionate first and foremost about my Christian faith, the outdoors, Health and Fitness, and art – especially where those four intersect in helping others. I am also a freelancing photographer on the side.

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Greyson Gilbert

School: Clemson University

Major: Health Science

Graduation Year: 2020

My name is Greyson Gilbert, I go to Clemson University and am a junior Health Science major, planning to graduate in 2020. I was born in Texas, so Texas is my home state, but now I call South Carolina home. My dad was Major Troy Gilbert, USAF, and was killed in action in OIF when I was 6 years old. I’m the second oldest of five kids, and I’m passionate first and foremost about my Christian faith, the outdoors, Health and Fitness, and art – especially where those four intersect in helping others. I am also a freelancing photographer on the side.

Attending with Fallen Patriots

Jordan joined the Marine Corps in 2007, serving as an infantryman and Infantry Combat Instructor during his service as well as deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. Jordan suffered multiple injuries during his time in the military that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Today, Jordan lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two sons where he likes to spend time hunting on his land.

Attending with Independence Fund

Jordan Leitsch

Jordan joined the Marine Corps in 2007, serving as an infantryman and Infantry Combat Instructor during his service as well as deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. Jordan suffered multiple injuries during his time in the military that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Today, Jordan lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two sons where he likes to spend time hunting on his land.

Attending with Independence Fund

Chris, an Ohio native, joined the Marine Corps in 1993, serving as an infantryman and antitank assault gunner before being injured. Chris was involved in a training accident that resulted in him being paralyzed from the neck down and wheelchair bound for nearly two years. After two dozen back procedures to remove vertebra, install rods in his lower back, and install an electronic box to block pain signals, Chris is able to walk and enjoy his life. Today, Chris lives in Ohio with his family where he spends time hunting and connecting with other Veterans.

Attending with Independence Fund

Chris Miller

Chris, an Ohio native, joined the Marine Corps in 1993, serving as an infantryman and antitank assault gunner before being injured. Chris was involved in a training accident that resulted in him being paralyzed from the neck down and wheelchair bound for nearly two years. After two dozen back procedures to remove vertebra, install rods in his lower back, and install an electronic box to block pain signals, Chris is able to walk and enjoy his life. Today, Chris lives in Ohio with his family where he spends time hunting and connecting with other Veterans.

Attending with Independence Fund

Brian joined the Army in 2006 after working as a welder and mechanic following high school. He served four combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving as an EOD Tech in Afghanistan in 2010 with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Brian stepped on an improvised explosive device and immediately lost both of his legs. Brian’s awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. He and his family reside in North Carolina where Brian works in the gunsmithing industry.

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Brian McGuire

Brian joined the Army in 2006 after working as a welder and mechanic following high school. He served four combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving as an EOD Tech in Afghanistan in 2010 with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Brian stepped on an improvised explosive device and immediately lost both of his legs. Brian’s awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. He and his family reside in North Carolina where Brian works in the gunsmithing industry.

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Mike is a New England native and die-hard sports fan. After 9/11, Mike knew he had to fight and defend his country so he enlisted to be part of the storied 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC, with B Co, 2/508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. A recipient of the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge, Mike was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. He has been classified as one of the most severely wounded Soldiers in the Global War on Terrorism, having survived over 120 surgeries. He is a single leg amputee, with severe burns over 70% of his body. When not recovering from surgery, Mike serves as the Chief Brand Officer for The Independence Fund and lives with his family in NC.

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Mike Verardo

Mike is a New England native and die-hard sports fan. After 9/11, Mike knew he had to fight and defend his country so he enlisted to be part of the storied 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC, with B Co, 2/508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. A recipient of the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge, Mike was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. He has been classified as one of the most severely wounded Soldiers in the Global War on Terrorism, having survived over 120 surgeries. He is a single leg amputee, with severe burns over 70% of his body. When not recovering from surgery, Mike serves as the Chief Brand Officer for The Independence Fund and lives with his family in NC.

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Josh is a US Army Veteran from Asheboro, NC.  Spc Craven was serving with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in Iraq, when he was struck by an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) while driving a Humvee on patrol. The blast immediately severed his left leg and caused near total damage to his right leg. Today, Josh lives with his wife and daughter near his hometown Asheboro, NC.

Attending with Independence Fund

 

Josh Craven

Josh is a US Army Veteran from Asheboro, NC.  Spc Craven was serving with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in Iraq, when he was struck by an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) while driving a Humvee on patrol. The blast immediately severed his left leg and caused near total damage to his right leg. Today, Josh lives with his wife and daughter near his hometown Asheboro, NC.

Attending with Independence Fund

 

Christian “Chris” Fleming, Marine Veteran, served honorably in the Marine Corps for 8 years on multiple combat tours as an Infantry machine gunner. Chris participated in the Iraqi Liberation in 2003, attached to Task Force Tarawa, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. In 2009, he was wounded in Afghanistan while serving as a contractor to assist indigenous forces. He lost both of his legs from an Improvised Explosive Device while he and his teammate were returning to their Forward Operating Base. Chris is an avid outdoorsman and active with multiple shooting teams across the nation. Always one to give back, Chris now serves as a fulltime volunteer for a Veteran-based charity offering professional firearms training to those with injuries as a form of athletic rehabilitation.

Attending with Independence Fund

 

Chris Fleming

Christian “Chris” Fleming, Marine Veteran, served honorably in the Marine Corps for 8 years on multiple combat tours as an Infantry machine gunner. Chris participated in the Iraqi Liberation in 2003, attached to Task Force Tarawa, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. In 2009, he was wounded in Afghanistan while serving as a contractor to assist indigenous forces. He lost both of his legs from an Improvised Explosive Device while he and his teammate were returning to their Forward Operating Base. Chris is an avid outdoorsman and active with multiple shooting teams across the nation. Always one to give back, Chris now serves as a fulltime volunteer for a Veteran-based charity offering professional firearms training to those with injuries as a form of athletic rehabilitation.

Attending with Independence Fund

 

Brian is a retired US Army SSgt most recently served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team 9th Engineers 1st Infantry ID as Combat Engineer. Having served tours to Afghanistan (Jan-Jun 2002) and the invasion of Iraq (Mar 03 – Feb 04), Brian was injured with 11 days left on his last deployment to Iraq 06. Brian was leading convoy to an Iraqi Army base when he was hit by an EFP just 150m south of an IA checkpoint. The blast immediately severed both legs, took part of his colon, and caused lifetime tissue and nerve damage to his left arm. Today Brian lives with his wife and kids in Elizabeth, CO.

Attending with Independence Fund

 

Brian Schar

Brian is a retired US Army SSgt most recently served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team 9th Engineers 1st Infantry ID as Combat Engineer. Having served tours to Afghanistan (Jan-Jun 2002) and the invasion of Iraq (Mar 03 – Feb 04), Brian was injured with 11 days left on his last deployment to Iraq 06. Brian was leading convoy to an Iraqi Army base when he was hit by an EFP just 150m south of an IA checkpoint. The blast immediately severed both legs, took part of his colon, and caused lifetime tissue and nerve damage to his left arm. Today Brian lives with his wife and kids in Elizabeth, CO.

Attending with Independence Fund

 

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