Veterans Heritage Project announces 2020 ‘Saluting Stories of Service’

Colonel Thomas H. Kirk, Jr., to receive Storyteller Award


Veterans Heritage Project officially announced the Second Annual Saluting Stories of Service.

The event honors the veterans who have shared their stories of service with a new generation, imparting the hard-earned lessons and wisdom they accrued through their time in uniform.

With thanks to returning sponsors TriWest, SRP, and Sanderson Lincoln, the gala will be held on March 7, 2020, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas.

Honored at the event with the 2020 Storyteller Award will be Colonel Thomas H. Kirk, Jr., USAF (Ret.) for sharing his story of service and life lessons resulting from his survival as a prisoner of war in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” for five-and-a-half years.

Col. Kirk has shared his story over 500 times, always imparting lessons in the power of perseverance and positive thinking, even when things seem darkest, according to a press release.

The Saluting Stories of Service annual fundraising dinner honors Veterans Heritage Project’s outstanding community of veterans for sharing stories of dedication and service to our country; making a positive impact in the community and the development of Arizona’s youth.

Since its inception, Veterans Heritage Project has immersed over 43,000 middle school, high school, and college students in personal accounts of heroism and service to the country directly from veterans through its after-school program and lecture series, all while teaching leadership skills and developing a passion for history, writing, and civics.

At the same time, the program allows veterans to continue to serve by imparting the wisdom that can only be shared by individuals who sacrificed for the freedom of our nation.

“Our inaugural ‘Saluting Stories of Service’ fundraiser last year was a great success, and we’re thrilled to have another opportunity to commemorate the incredible true-stories that our veterans share with our students throughout the year,” said Michelle DiMuro, executive director of VHP. “Thomas Kirk’s story of strength and positivity is an exemplary tale that illustrates the character-building strengths of VHP’s program, and we’re honored that he’ll be joining us as on March 7.”

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