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RECAP: THF “A Toast to Veterans” Virtual Live Stream Event


12 November 2020

The Honor Foundation Gathered Senior Military Leaders, Medal of Honor Recipients, Simon Sinek, for Nationwide Tribute to Veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – The Honor Foundation (THF), a unique transition institute that serves the U.S. Special Operations community, hosted a nationwide live virtual event, A Toast to Veterans, with Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley, in celebration of all U.S. Veterans on Veterans Day. The event offered an opportunity for our country to unite in patriotism and in appreciation of the service of all Veterans.

The event kicked off with a special rendition of “Old Glory” by Evangelo Morris and featured a range of senior military officials, Medal of Honor recipients, a bestselling author, THF leadership and alumni to provide remarks to our nation’s veterans. Distinguished speakers included ADM William McRaven (USN, RET), LTG Mike Nagata (USA, RET), Lt Gen Tom Trask (USAF, RET), MajGen Frank Donovan (USMC), Simon Sinek, Optimist and bestselling author, Medal of Honor recipients Britt Slabinski and Florent Groberg, The Honor Foundation CEO, Matt Stevens, and Navy SEAL Foundation CEO, Robin King.

The virtual live stream celebrated the extraordinary men and women who have given and continue to give their lives in service of our country. It was an evening filled with patriotism, inspiration and heartfelt remarks. Speakers described a warrior’s path from joining the military, to active duty experiences, transitioning out of the military and the value of veterans to our country and society post-uniform. The program closed with notable groups such as the LAPD and Boston Bruins paying tribute to all veterans across the country.

Vince Lumia, Head of Field Management for Morgan Stanley, the Presenting Sponsor of the virtual event, shared his tribute during the program.

“We proudly recognize the service of our military veterans, reservists and those on active duty,” said Lumia. “It’s been a privilege to partner with The Honor Foundation which put together a phenomenal program featuring leaders from our military branches to discuss their careers, the lives of veterans, their importance to our society, and the challenges faced while transitioning to a civilian life and potential solutions.”

Matt Stevens, CEO of The Honor Foundation, added: “As a Veteran led organization and a Veteran myself, The Honor Foundation wanted to pay tribute to our nation’s service members with this unique virtual event featuring esteemed speakers, guests and our Alumni. With the support of our Presenting Sponsor, Morgan Stanley, all the supporting sponsors and everyone who had purchased tickets and donated, we are  proud of its inaugural event and look forward to another one next year.

The mission of THF is to help transitioning members of the Special Operations Forces community prepare for their next career after service. We are grateful for the partnerships and continued support of the Navy SEAL foundation, our Founding Partner, PayPal, Wounded Warrior Project, Carrington Charitable Foundation, our donors and all THF Tribes who provide us the opportunity to continue impacting the lives of our nation’s veterans.”

Proceeds from the event benefitted The Honor Foundation’s program to help veterans transition out of uniform and apply their skills, work ethic and leadership to the private sector.


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About The Honor Foundation

The Honor Foundation (THF) has developed a world-class transition institute for the U.S. Special Operations Forces community that, through a three-month program, provides tailored executive education, one-on-one coaching, and access to a nationwide professional network. This program was built by the desire to serve others with honor for life so that their next mission is always clear and continues to impact the world. We do this by providing the tools that maximize our fellows’ potential and prepares them to succeed on their own. The Honor Foundation has campuses in San Diego, CA, Virginia Beach, VA, Camp Lejeune, NC (serving the Marine Raider community), and a virtual campus. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a Founding Fartner of The Honor Foundation.


Stu Bradin on the Official Launch of THFv

Written by: Stu Bradin, President / CEO at the Global SOF Foundation

If you are in the Special Operations Community and you are within 18 months of transition or retirement then you need to read the rest of this post. The Honor Foundation (THF) has a few open slots in their first official Virtual class which will begin on June 3rd. They’ve run several pilots and is moving forward with their first “official” class.

What: The Honor Foundation’s first official Virtual transition course. A 3-month executive MBA-like transition course paired with executive coaching and mentors.

When: Begin date, June 3rd. Each week, classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for approx 3 hours. (Exact times TBD based on your geographic location – but generally in the evenings, after work for CONUS based personnel). 3 month total program.

Where: Wherever you live. This is focused on those SOF professionals who are NOT physically located near one of THF’s physical campuses (San Diego, VA Beach, Camp Lejeune). You just need a decent internet connection & a computer.

Who: Any SOF professional from any branch of the USSOCOM Enterprise. This is NOT just a Navy SEAL/SWCC focused program. It started with NSW, but our mission is to support ALL SOF personnel!

Why: Because each transitioning SOF professional is in the top 1% of the military.  The service mandated transition programs are OK, but not good enough for SOF. We encourage each member of the SOF community to treat their transition out of the military with at least the same focus and vigor that you focused on getting INTO our community. I firmly believe that the pros from the SOF community will continue to impact the world after their time in the military has come to an end.

Coordinating Instructions:

– Check out our website at  

– Email Mike “Halty” Halterman – He’ll conduct the intake interviews.

– Focus on yourselves. You will learn a ton and the program will open your eyes to the great opportunities (but hard work) your transition holds in store.  

If you use the current government provided system you will limit yourself and you will not get everything you need. This is a great opportunity but hard work and you will not be wasting your time.