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January 3, 2017
03 Jan 2017

Impact a Hero Appoints Rod Long as Interim Chairman


December 31, 2016 – Houston, TX.

Impact a Hero (IAH), has announced a change in its Board of Directors. Effective January 1, 2017, Daniel Ebarb and Dan Sullenbarger will leave the Board after serving more than 3 years of service. Mr. Ebarb was instrumental in revising our financial grant system, and Mr. Sullenbarger served as Chairman of the Board for more than 2 years of his term.

“It has been an honor to serve as Chairman of this Board and work with a group of highly talented and diverse individuals who all shared the common mission of serving our wounded veterans. The Board has made terrific strides in establishing much needed policies, practices, and procedures that will make it sustainable to our wounded vets and attractive to potential financial supporters,” said Mr. Sullenbarger.

A retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, combat veteran and business owner, Rod is the longest-standing member of the all-volunteer board and will serve as Chairman for a one year term. “Impact A Hero is a wonderful organization that has helped hundreds of our nation’s most deserving after 9/11. I am proud to be voted on as Chairman and will do everything possible to continue to help our combat wounded veterans and their families in this role.”

About Impact A Hero

Impact A Hero is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides immediate and ongoing support of our severely wounded post-9/11 combat veterans and their families and caregivers. For more information and to make donations visit

October 12, 2016
12 Oct 2016

2016 Hero’s Highway

2016 Hero’s Highway:
November 12, 2016

We Ride For Those Who Served…Republic Harley Owners Group (HOG) is collaborating with Houston based non-profit Impact A Hero for the inaugural Hero’s Highway Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Inviting all motorcycle riders to unite with Republic HOG to raise money for veterans and their families in the Houston area.

Hero’s Highway Motorcycle Ride will start their festivities at 9:00 AM at the Republic Harley Davidson in Stafford. The three 22 mile legs of Hero’s Highway will be police escorted and end at Redneck Country Club in Stafford at 4:00 PM. This is a rain or shine event. Redneck Country Club will host post ride activities where there will be raffle drawings.

All motorcycles are welcome to participate. Registration is $35.00 for a single rider and $50 for a rider and passenger. Each rider will receive a special designed patch for participating in Hero’s Highway inaugural ride. Impact A Hero is also asking for volunteers to help with the event.
This ride will not only provide financial support to veterans and their families, but also to provide the Greater Houston area the opportunity to engage with and thank our wounded heroes. Veterans and their families participating in the ride will engage with others facing similar challenges, promote emotional well-being by building camaraderie with other wounded military members, as well as receive their much deserved support from those they serve – our community.

Impact A Hero is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial and emotional support to post 9/11 combat wounded veterans and their families. Impact A Hero has been committed to impacting the lives of these brave men and women and their families around the country. Over the past 12 years, through the continued support of corporate sponsors and individuals we have been able to provide close to $4 million in grants with an issuance of over 2,259 grants.

For registration and more information please visit our event page. or

August 17, 2016
17 Aug 2016

Save The Date: 2017 IAH Weekend

Announcing the 13th Annual IAH Weekend:
October 28-30, 2017

2016 IAH Weekend
Details for the 2017 Impact a Hero weekend are being formulated.
The IAH Weekend Gala is being held at the Sugar Land Marriott on the 29th.

The IAH Weekend Golf Tournament is being held at Sugar Creek Country Club on the 30th. Please check back often for more details.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 weekend please contact Laurel Goodroe at

July 13, 2016
13 Jul 2016

Announcing 2 New Board Members


Impact a Hero (IAH), a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting severely wounded combat veterans to live exceptional and purposeful lives, has announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors, Bill Norwood and Doug Hall.

“We are extremely pleased that we have had both Bill and Doug join our Board,” offered Dan Sullenbarger, Chairman of the Impact a Hero Board. “They bring a wealth of business talent and diverse personal experience in their personal lives that will be extremely valuable to the continued success in fulfilling our mission to serve those who have given so much to protect our freedoms.”

Bill recently retired from the Texas Association of Counties after 24 years as the Manager of Employee Benefit Programs. He graduated with a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Janet live in Pflugerville, TX and are parents of five children and grandparents of five.

“Janet and I feel the best way to honor our son Byron (Sgt Byron Norwood, USMC) and his ultimate sacrifice on November 2004 while serving in Iraq is to devote ourselves to the welfare of those who also sacrificed and are now home dealing with combat related injuries,” Bill stated.

Doug Hall is currently Vice President of Special Projects for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. He has previously served as the General Manager of the Toyota Center for the Houston Rockets and as the GM of BBVA Compass Stadium for the Houston Dynamo. He most recently finished as the President/CEO of the 2016 Houston Final Four Local Organizing Committee. Doug is a graduate of Texas A&M and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University. He spent four years on active duty as a US Marine Corps Infantry Officer.

“Impact a Hero is a tremendous organization that has just scratched the surface of repaying our debt to service members and their families. I am honored to serve as a Director,” commented Doug.

Bill’s appointment on the Boars was effective March 1, 2016, and Doug’s appointment was effective July 1, 2016.

February 6, 2016
06 Feb 2016

Mike Nasche is the new Director of Veteran Relations

MNascheImpact a Hero (IAH), a leading 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting severely wounded combat veterans to live exceptional and purposeful lives, has announced Mike Nasche as its Director of Veteran Relations effective Feb 1, 2016.

Mike is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran, a combat Veteran of Iraq, and he served on the IAH Board of Directors for the past year. In addition to his sixteen years of honorable military service as an Airborne Infantryman, Mike successfully transitioned from Active Duty to Civilian life, but it didn’t come without struggles. “It is his story of overcoming those struggles, his contagious enthusiasm, and his ability and desire to help others do the same that help make Mike the right person for this job.”, said Dan Sullenbarger, Chairman, IAH Board of Directors.

In 2014, Mike testified as an expert witness before a Congressional Sub-Committee in Washington D.C. focused on Veteran reintegration to the business sector after their military service. In his testimony he gave specific examples of the trials Veterans encounter and how businesses can do more to bridge the gap for transitioning service members. After his testimony, Mike met personally with US Representatives Bill Flores (TX), Markwayne Mullin (OK) and Kevin Cramer (ND), as well as US Senators John Walsh (MT) and Jon Tester (MT) to discuss specific issues that continue to plague Veterans in transition.

Mike is driven by his passion to support Veterans, especially wounded Veterans. Over the last decade his efforts resulted in him being awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Mike also served as the Chairman of the Veterans Resource Group at Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI), where he helped the company become the third most Veteran friendly company in the nation and helped raise more than $150,000 that was then donated to help Veterans in need. Also, during Mike’s time there, BHI was nominated for Best Outreach Program by the Prestigious World Oil Awards.

“Impact a Hero has been doing an excellent job of making a difference in the lives of Veterans for more than a decade, and the future looks even brighter.” stated Mike. “I’m excited about the legacy of support and caring that my predecessors established and am thrilled of the direction we are headed. Our Vision and Mission inspire me, and I’m so honored that the Board of Directors have chosen me to be their ‘hands and feet’, to serve my brothers and sisters all across this great nation. I want to help Veterans overcome the obstacles that are in the way of achieving their goals. I want to help Veterans find purpose and meaning in their lives after they hang up their uniform. I want to inspire them to avoid this idea of victimization, and, instead, chase exceptionalism.”

Mike will be an Impact A Hero Ambassador to thousands of combat veterans all over the country. Feel free to contact him at and learn more at

October 14, 2015
14 Oct 2015

Notre Dame vs. Navy Football


It’s no accident that the University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Naval Academy met on the football field this past Saturday for the 89th consecutive season. It’s a game of mutual respect between two storied institutions.

And Danielle Green was selected to be the keynote speaker by Notre Dame’s ROTC leadership at the Notre Dame Pep Rally for this most storied of all rivalries.image001

You see Notre Dame had just lost their first game of the year vs. Clemson last week. Danielle Green, a noted Notre Dame alum, decided it was time for everyone in attendance to forget the past and focus on the next obstacle ahead – Navy. Speaking in front of thousands of fanatic Notre Dame students and alums Danielle triumphantly stated “If I can get up after being hit and losing an arm from a Rocket Propelled Grenade then obviously the Notre Dame football team can and will win against Navy.”

The crowd erupted in a roar and Danielle Green reinforced her image on the Notre Dame campus as the ultimate Notre Dame team player.

At every pre-game tailgate she visited, Danielle was the bashful and humble star. Admirers and well-wishers in the thousands were tailgating – they joyfully took time to thank her for her tremendous sacrifice and service to others. Students, players’ parents and alumni lined up for a picture with Danielle Green. She embodied what this rivalry game is all about: respect for our military, personal sacrifice and service to this great Nation of ours.

I was humbled and honored to have witnessed this outpouring of unconditional love. It was one of the greatest days of my life.” stated Impact A Hero founder Dick Lynch.

One person who had strong feelings about the Notre Dame vs. Navy football rivalry wasn’t around on Saturday. Former University president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., died in February at age 97.

All I can say is without the Navy during the war (World War II), this institution would have gotten down to a few hundred students,” Father Hesburgh once said. “Instead of that, we were almost twice our normal size during the war, and we were able to contribute something to the Navy.

During World War II, as Notre Dame’s enrollment dropped to Depression-era size, the Navy’s decision to establish a Navy College Training Program on the South Bend campus in July 1943 provided much-needed economic relief and a surge of energy. Then, during the Vietnam era, as college administrations elsewhere restricted or abolished ROTC programs, Father Hesburgh’s insistence preserved the Navy presence on campus.

For the 89th game of the Notre Dame vs. Navy rivalry, the ROTC leadership at Notre Dame selected Danielle Green to be the face of mutual respect between two storied institutions.

A very special thank you to writer John Heisler for his historical writings/research on the Notre Dame vs. Navy rivalry.

September 14, 2015
14 Sep 2015

Laurel Goodroe Steps In As IAH Business Director


It is Monday morning, and I hope everyone is enjoying a great start to a new week. For me it has been two weeks since I stepped into the role of Business Director for Impact a Hero.

Effective September 1, 2015, I assumed my new role succeeding Jeny Cortez managing the many worthwhile activities of Impact A Hero to grow this wonderful non-profit organization. Jeny leaves some big shoes to fill and I can’t thank her enough for all the amazing work and support she has provided to Impact A Hero over the past few years. I am especially thankful for her help in transitioning me into this new role.

I want to provide a little information to help you know me better. I have a BA in Communications and an MA in Advertising. For the past 8 years I’ve been working for non- profit trade associations where I managed membership, led the production of a bi-monthly magazine, coordinated events and managed over 100 virtual volunteers across the US. I’ve been involved with Impact A Hero in various capacities for a little over 4 years through my husband, Jack, who is also a wounded Hero.

I am very excited for this opportunity to work for Impact a Hero and look forward to helping it grow and serving our wounded Heroes and their families.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me or just say hello!

Laurel Goodroe
IAH Business Director

October 24, 2014
24 Oct 2014

Marine Corporal Casey Owens

In Memoriam | Marine Corporal Casey Owens


It is with the utmost sadness that our hero, Marine Corporal Casey Owens, has lost his battle with PTSD on October 15, 2014.

Corporal Casey Owens USMC (Ret.), was born in 1981 in Houston, Texas; a United States Marine, Iraq War veteran, and paralympic athlete.

Corporal Owens deployed for a second tour in Al Anbar Province Iraq August 2004. On Sept. 20, 2004, while responding to a wounded Marine, his vehicle struck two anti-tank mines which resulted in the amputation of his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee. In addition to losing both legs, his injuries included a broken jaw and collarbone, shrapnel wounds, collapsed lungs, and blood clots in his lungs.

Corporal Owens had multiple issues to overcome, and became an advocate for the treatment of Veterans, speaking to Congress about how difficult it was for Veterans to navigate the maze of regulations the VA has in place. Corporal Owens struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder despite his many accomplishments, and eventually took his own life.

Please pray for Casey’s family. Casey has been a member of the IAH family for over 9 years, we will always remember, and never forget his beautiful smile, great sense of humor and his service to our country.

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September 26, 2014
26 Sep 2014

VETSJobs Partner Program

We are excited to announce a new partnership with

We are proud to partner with VetsJobs.Org an organization which helps veterans transition to the civilian workforce. Veterans can apply for jobs with companies strictly looking for veterans. Their vision is to place veterans in positions of employment where they can succeed and build a career after the military.

To find out more information such as applying for a job, or to have your company listed with veteran employee opportunities, please

20% of profits are donated to Impact a Hero.

September 26, 2014
26 Sep 2014

Zonesty Partner Program

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Zonesty.

A one-stop shopping platform to help you select the best electricity provider that works for your budget! When you sign up with a provider, you can select Impact a Hero as your charity of choice for IAH to receive a percentage of the profits.

This is a great way to find electric companies while saving you time & hassle of researching.
Any and all electricity consumers in Texas’ deregulated areas, which makes up around 85% of Texas are available to use Zonesty.

Please visit: and use promo code: IAH.