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Learn more how visual storyteller and the State of Ohio Veteran Hall of Famer Rick Isbell can contribute to your organization’s success.
Gulf War Veteran wages war at home against the spirit sniper
By Al Burzynski
It's not simple for many of whom answered America’s call to military service to make the seamless transition to civilian life. Some challenges warriors and their families face include dealing with the invisible wounds of war, challenges finding meaningful employment, and dealing with overwhelming bureaucratic processes when trying to access veteran's benefits.
As a disabled Army veteran and taking from my experience, many veterans rapidly realize some government services meant to assist them to turn out to be a good-intention, poor execution exercise.
Medically retired, Air Force Visual Media Maintenance Technician, graphic illustrator, business strategist and creative entrepreneur Rick Isbell knows first-hand the struggles America’s warriors, and their families face when returning to civilian life and the true meaning behind the adage without despair there is no hope. Isbell lost his beloved brother Ronnie, a Global War on Terrorism Marine Veteran October 31, 2013.
“Well, my transition wasn’t exactly seamless. I became ill after the First Gulf War and had to go directly from Los Angeles Air Force Base to Wright Patterson for a major operation while simultaneously trying to process out of the Air Force and prepare for my life as a civilian with my wife and small children,” said Isbell.
Isbell has been a Veteran and military advocate for over 30 years and has been fighting on a professional and personal level against the lethal Spirit Sniper whose damaging activities have negatively affected the warriors of our nation and their families.
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The Spirit Sniper's, noxious impact:
• The rate of Veterans in poverty by state ranged from 4.4 percent in Virginia to 18.2 percent in Puerto Rico, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
• A study conducted by American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network reports nearly a third (29.6%, 3.5 million) of the 12 million military veterans ages 21-64 report having a disability.
• Veteran suicide rates continue to escalate resulting in 22 deaths a day.
Isbell gallantly shares his lessons learned that serve as a blessing and a curse. The curse it nearly demolished his life while the blessing, as warrior wisdom, allows him to share his lessons learned with others and serve as a support multiplier to those who are battling the Spirit Sniper.
“Yes, I get tired just like anyone else. I want to throw up my hands and just walk away. But, there’s that little voice inside of you, that drive, urging you to help others, which is instilled in a lot of us, said Isbell.
He added: “We are the ones that run toward the fire and not away from it. I’m just doing my part helping my cohorts through humor and the creative arts.”
Isbell generously gives his time, skills, and resources to support many causes, including the Central Ohio Veterans Homeless Stand Down, helping Gold Star Survivors, serving on the advisory board of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), and as President of the Fallen 15, to name a few of his volunteering organizations.
Isbell is a huge fan of comic books and movie quotes. He shares a lot in common with Marvel’s Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, who was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the 2003 movie adaptation.
Affleck delivers one of the most iconic movie lines ever, which is befitting and serves as a tribute to Isbell, “Soon the world will know the truth. That this city is a born of heroes, that one man can make a difference.”
News media advisories
Public Service Announcement:
Adaptive skiing gets veterans off the coach
MANSFIELD, Ohio – The Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC) in conjunction with other local patriotic supporters of the Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ initiative is offering veterans, and their families an opportunity to enjoy a day on the slopes free of charge on March 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Snow Trails Ski Resort.
“Through adaptive skiing, we can help physically challenged veterans overcome barriers by helping them rediscover how to push their limits once again and in a lot of cases finding full independence on the slopes,” said Adaptive Sports Connection founder Dave Holzer. Read more here.
Did you know i4ni Studio founder and President Rick Isbell is dedicated to leading by example as he serves as a member of the board for the Fallen 15 and the Central Ohio Veterans Homeless Standdown?
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Wounded warrior to host a webinar on bridging the divide between civilians and the military
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The State of Ohio, Class of 2019 Veterans Hall of Fame inductee and community champion Al Burzynski will share his insight on how businesses, government, and society can better connect with America’s armed forces warriors, veterans, and their families. Take advantage of this
professional development opportunity. Act now.
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I4ni Studio Project FAQs - HCI
What is the mission objective of the
Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ initiative?
Response: The mission objective of the Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ initiative is to partner with patriotic organizations like the Adaptive Sports Connection to continue to provide support through sports, creative arts, mentorship, and whole-warrior programs.
What is the motivation behind the Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ initiative?
Response: Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ is grounded in the immortal words of President Harry S. Truman who said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."
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Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. Video News Release
Photo by Al Burzynski
Marine Veteran Al Parish prepares to hit the slopes on his adaptive sled during the Adaptive Sports Connection (ASC) Annual Hope on the Slopes adaptive skiing event on January 31, 2020, at the Snow Trails Ski resort located in Mansfield, Ohio. Parish joined his fellow Army, Navy, and Marine Corps cohorts took the opportunity to Honor.Celebrate.Inspire. ™ in the remembrance of those who gave their tomorrow, so we can have our today.
i4ni Studio supports the annual Central Ohio Veterans Day Parade
COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 25, 2019 – The Military Veterans Education Foundation (MILVETS) 33rd Annual Veterans Day Parade honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day happens November 8, 2019, kicking off at noon with parade step off at Nationwide and High Street traveling through downtown Columbus and ending at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM). Read more here.
Photo by Al Burzynski
The National Veterans 'Memorial and Museum
(NVMM) is located in Columbus, Ohio.
In fact, the president and founder of i4ni
Studio served on the NVMM Advisory Board from 2013-2019.
Isbell making news
Veteran finds renewed purpose following military service with Veteran finds renewed purpose following military service with creation of childrens' book Courtesy of WBNS 10TV
Veterans issues: Stand Down offers legal aid that can help vets land jobs, homes (Courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch)
Market and Consumer Analysis
The Army Marketing Research Group. (2017, December 14). Increasing Propensity for Military Service Through Marketing. Retrieved from https://www.asamra.army.mil/org_amrg.html.