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June 9, 2017
09 Jun 2017

Impact A Hero Welcomes 3 New Board Members


June 9, 2017

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 election of three new members to its Board of Directors effective April 1, 2017. They are Robert Paiva, Robin Ritchie and Neil Campbell.

“From a Gold Star father to veterans that have served our nation in time of war, and with executives representing both the for and non-profit sectors of our community, our board is comprised of patriots that have a heart for service for those who have sacrificed so much for all Americans.  I am proud to be part of an organization that continues to attract top caliber individuals to volunteer their time to our mission,” says Rod Long, Chairman of the Board. “New IAH Board Members Robin Ritchie, Neil Campbell and Rob Paiva will provide the leadership that will benefit Impact A Hero.”

Robin Ritchie is the co-founder and managing partner for ProHealth Resources LLP, a healthcare staffing and placement company. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and holds a masters degree in Government from Texas Christian University.  Rob also served 27 years in both the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army where he held worldwide command and staff positions, including multiple command and advisory tours in Vietnam as a combat infantryman.

Additionally, Rob is a past board president of Fort Bend County Habitat for Humanity as well as former vice chair of Habitat Texas.  Rob resides in Sugar Land, TX with his spouse Jan and is the proud father of two children and six grandchildren.

“Courage exemplifies our wounded veterans and I am honored and humbled to be part of Impact a Hero and be able to contribute to the ‘tomorrow in every soldier’s prayer’”, says Ritchie.

Neil Campbell is currently the Director of Corporate HSE for Pacific Drilling. He has previously served as the director of the Independence Ride for the past 10 years and has served a 2-year term as a board member on the Schlumberger Employees Credit Union.

Neil graduated as an electrical engineer from University of Saskatchewan and is now residing in Sugar Land, TX. He and his spouse of 31 years have 2 adult daughters. Besides supporting our veterans, his personal passion is road cycling.

“I am excited to be coming into Impact A Hero as a board member. This organization has done many great things for our veterans, and has a very bright future focused on giving back and supporting those who have paid a huge price for our freedom.” stated Neil.

Robert “Rob” Paiva, a United States Navy veteran, joins us as someone you may already be familiar with as one of the co-hosts for the fast-growing AM radio all-veterans talk show, VOC Radio with Rob & Doc on AM1070 The Answer. Rob joins fellow Navy Veteran Brandon “Doc” Buttrey each Sunday to bring fellow veteran guests from around the U.S. who are motivating, inspiring and empowering our veteran community.

Additionally, Rob is currently the Houston Business Development Manager for New Earth Inc. He brings over 25 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sector, having been focused in V.C. and Private Equity for Technology and Oil & Gas for the last 8 years. Rob resides in Houston, TX with his wife Roxanne and their son Hudson. Rob holds a BBA-Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio.









February 7, 2017
07 Feb 2017

2017 IAH Weekend 5K Run, Walk, Wheel

Saturday May 20, 2017 – Saturday May 20, 2017

1 Stadium Drive

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5K Race Start: 7:30 am

1K Kids Run Start: 8:30 am

Join us as we celebrate 13 Years of impacting lives!

The race will feature a 5K Competitive/Timed Run, 5K Non-Competitive Run, 5K Wheel and a Kids 1K Run. Welcome and cheer our heroes and their families as they join us for the race!

*FREE PARKING and CONVENIENT to race activities!


Family Focused – Get the Whole Family Involved:

  • Kids 1K Race
  • Kids Zone
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kids Train Ride

Register Here!
Click Here To Download The 5K Brochure
Click Here To Download The 5K Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure





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.

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.

August 26, 2015
26 Aug 2015

Halliburton Selects Impact A Hero

Impact A Hero is selected by Halliburton as one of their charities

We are excited to announce Impact A Hero has been selected as one of the charities Halliburton has selected to support through their annual Charity Golf Tournament!

For more information about the tournament click here:



August 26, 2015
26 Aug 2015

Traveler’s Insurance Raises Funds for Impact A Hero

Thank you Traveler’s for your employee particpation! They raised $1,350 through contributions via their donate to wear Blue Jeans on Friday while also supporting our Heroes.

Traveler’s loves supporting our military and has many veterans working within their team.

Travelers Insurance Check Presentation

Board of Director, Rod Long & Business Director, Jeny Cortez accept the generous support from Traveler’s team.





August 26, 2015
26 Aug 2015

Houston Safari Club Host Veterans

Thank you Houston Safari Club for hosting a few of our Heroes for a great fishing trip and opportunity to build camaraderie together as they enjoyed the boats, fish, water and sun in San Leon, TX for a nice weekend getaway.

We appreciate Houston Safari Club’s continued support of our wounded Heroes.



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