The VMLC's Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon provides us the opportunity to honor and celebrate our Veterans and Military Service members who have, and continue to, “Stand in the Gap” to defend our Liberty and Freedom.


In addition to honoring a Veteran from each major conflict,  the celebration event features a special Key Note speaker who loves our country and supports our Veterans, like those patriots below:

  • Wayne Newton

  • Navajo Code Talker, Peter MacDonald

  • Rear Admiral Connie Mariano, MD, former White House Physician under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and author of "White House Doctor"

  • Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney & Major General Paul Vallely

  • Jerry Molen, Film Producer & Marine Veteran

  • Captain Dawn Halfaker, Board of Directors, Natl. Wounded Warrior Project

  • Lieutentant Commander Heidi Squier Kraft, Author & Navy Veteran

  • Tech Sgt., Matthew Slaydon, US Air Force, (Ret)

  • Dr. Alexander White, Holocaust survivor and author

  • Col. Thomas Kirk, USAF (Ret), Fighter Pilot Korean/Vietnam War, POW

  • Command Chief Master Sergeant Scott Dearduff, USAF (Ret)


The annual Heroes luncheon is always around Veterans Day and gives each of  us  an opportunity to honor our Veterans and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you to our past luncheon sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

The 2020 luncheon keynote speaker is

Captain Charles Plumb

Captain Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to be a fighter pilot flying the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. In 1967, on his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8-by-8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in communist war prisons.

During his nearly six years of captivity, Captain Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the chaplain in his camp. Since his return home, more than 5,000 audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as fighter pilot keynote speaker Captain Charlie Plumb shares his story and the lessons he learned from it.

Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC)

1024 W. Pampa Ave.

Mesa, AZ 85210

*VMLC Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Square