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The Victory Bridge Foundation Story

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History

Katie Katz, daughter of an Air Force Veteran, found her calling to serve our Nation's Heroes after her father's passing from Parkinson’s Disease when she was just 17, on the cusp of her senior year of high school.

 

Throughout her  life, Katie witnessed her father's profound illness, enduring distressing side effects such as falls, tremors, speech impairment, hallucinations, dementia, and the loss of basic functions like walking, talking, and self-care. Unbeknownst to them at the time, her father also grappled with PTSD flashbacks and panic attacks relating to combat, casting a shadow of mystery over their understanding of his condition.

 

Motivated by these experiences, Katie devoted herself to a deep exploration of neuroscience and trauma studies, which encouraged her to start a trauma healing zoom group based on “The Body Keeps The Score” workbook, written by Bessel van der Kolk.

 

Katie visualizes a transformative shift through the unity of the mental health community, veterans, first responders, active military, families, corporate supporters, public figures, media, and the general public. This collective convergence aims to establish a unified voice, foster a collaborative community, and centralize all pertinent information in one accessible location - The Golden Victor Awards.

Mission

To raise national awareness for mental health and wellness, while providing vital resources and support for our nation’s veterans, first responders, and their families

Vision

Our vision is for our nation to unite in collaboration, bridging gaps to provide assistance to every veteran and first responder in need. 

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Our Values

Integrity

We strive to maintain the highest ethical standards in all of our actions, decisions, and relationships. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity, and are continually improving our practices.

Compassion

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness, empathy, and understanding. Compassion is essential for building strong relationships, fostering resilience, and promoting healing. 

Transparency

We prioritize transparency for trust and credibility in community relationships. Committed to the highest standards, we continually enhance our transparency practices.

Community

Community is at the heart of our work. We are committed to building a strong, inclusive, and resilient community. Together we can achieve far more than any one individual or organization could alone.  

Meet The Team

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Katie Katz
CEO | Founder
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Kristy Bain
Board Member
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Jim Moazez
Board Member
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David Zabetakis
Board Member
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Stephan Porter
Chair of Advisory Committee
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Jemilah Senter
Director of Marketing
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Kelly Darr
Director of Events
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Frank Baltazar
Program Director
Resilience & Recovery
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Samantha McGartland
Director of Human Resources
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Ian Bohen
Celebrity Spokesperson, Veteran & First Responder Advocate
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Mary Saadat
Advisor to CEO
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General Martin Schweitzer
Advisor to CEO
Ambassador
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Nikkea Devida
Advisor to CEO
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Nick Busse
VBF Ambassador, Military Influencer, Mental Health Advocate
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Anthony Espada
VBF Ambassador, Veteran & First Responder Advocate, Mental Health Advocate

Collaborators

Victory Bridge Foundation collaborates with a variety of social impact organizations to most effectively support the veteran & first responder communities. Here are some of the organizations we are honored to be teaming up with. 

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