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.

2019 VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon Honoree Video

Thank you to our 2019 luncheon sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC)

1024 W. Pampa Ave.

Mesa, AZ 85210

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


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