Hollywood Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis returns to Oregon to support Oregon National Guard and the Reintegration Team…

March 18, 2012 (Hollywood, CA) Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis recently returned to Portland, Oregon to show her continued support for the Oregon National Guard and the Reintegration Team. This isn’t a glamorous, high profile event by any stretch of the imagination; people like Suzanne do this because it holds a special place in their hearts, as well it should. Suzanne was presented for the second time with the Oregon Commendation Plaque, a true honor, and one that she doesn’t take lightly. Her mission is to make sure the Vets know how much they are appreciated for protecting our country and make sure they all are able to find jobs upon their return home.

What most people don’t realize is that our Veteran’s return from horrors that most of us don’t even want to imagine and are then put in a position where they have to put their lives back together. These are men and women who put their lives on the line every day that they are in the service, and when they come home, they can’t even get a job.

When Suzanne first heard about the Oregon National Guard and the Reintegration Team, spearheaded by Master Sgt. Vinnie Jaques, she knew that she had to get involved, and she has been ever since. She’s hosted numerous charity events for the Organization, adds messages promoting the Military at the end of every film, and is constantly reaching out to her Hollywood colleagues both for donations and to spread the word about the lives our Veterans are coming back to.

If you walk into the typical Producer’s office in Hollywood, the first thing you’re most likely to see are recent posters of movies that they’ve made or an award from the industry. The first thing you see when you walk into Suzanne’s office is her accommodation medal from the Oregon National Guard. “I make movies, and the men and women of our military make it possible for me to do what I do for a living. In the grand scheme of things, I think it’s obvious which one of us has the most harder job.”

On Saturday March 10, Suzanne went out in less than stellar weather conditions to the tarmac to see Captain Tyler Eikenberry, commander of 7-158 Aviation, to see him off on his mission to Afghanistan. Watching him board the Blackhawk Helicopter was a particularly moving event for Ms. DeLaurentiis. “I can never quite comprehend the selflessness of our soldiers. It’s something you never get used to.”

Lt. Col. John Middaugh, the new commander of the 1249th Engineers, said, “Her presence here was great! She made a lot of effort to come here and that was something special–besides the financial support, I think the symbolic gesture was great too; what she did was very clear to the troops and they sincerely appreciated it.” Yes, the financial support is much needed, but so is something that money can’t buy: a shoulder to cry on or somebody who is just willing to listen. More than anything, that’s what this trip was about – Ms. DeLaurentiis just being there for the troops in whatever capacity they needed. If they wanted to talk about their fears about combat, Suzanne listened. If they wanted to talk about coming home and trying to readjust, Suzanne offered advice. If they just wanted that shoulder to cry on, she was that too.

Suzanne was honored to be doing this for our servicemen and women, but at the end of the day, she was the one being given praise and recognition. “It breaks my heart. Some of these men and women won’t be coming home. They are the ones who deserve all of the praise and recognition.” Her reaction to this honor gave all attendees a glimpse into her heart: she was the one crying now…

More about Suzanne DeLaurentiis: www.suzannedelaurentiisproductions.com.

Written By: Chris Hlad
Photos by: Extreme PR & Cory Grogan

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Hollywood Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis helps veterans in Portland, OR…

Concert and Career and Benefits Fair

Friday March 9 – Saturday March 10, 2012
Written by: Cory Grogan
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs’

Salem, Ore. — All service members, veterans and their families, as well as media, are invited to attend a Career and Benefits Fair event sponsored by the Oregon National Guard’s Joint Transition Assistance Program, Saturday March 10, at Cascade Hall on the Salem Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is also a free concert at the Salem Armory, Friday March 9, with an on-site donation of a non-perishable food item (canned or boxed) to the Marion County Food Bank, or a $5 donation to the food bank. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to include performances by eight popular performers including the bands “Amerakin Overdose” and “Billy the Kid.”

Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Hollywood producer and president of Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions, is the guest speaker at both events. She is a previous recipient of the Oregon National Guard Commendation Medal who has supported service members and their families through philanthropy, and by raising awareness of their sacrifices through film and other outlets.

“It has always been my passion to help these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our country free. It’s important that we take care of them when they come home,” DeLaurentiis said.

Suzanne said she was inspired after she played the film “This is War: Memories of Iraq” at one of her film festivals. The film documents the deployment to the Oregon National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment.

“This is an opportunity to thank vets and stock the food shelves,” said concert organizer Shaun Bell who is a former Marine, and owner of 3 Boyz Records. The concert will honor disabled veterans and promote the career and benefits fair the next day. The career and benefits fair will include major employers, local businesses, trade schools, community colleges, universities, benefits information providers, career counseling, internship programs, apprenticeships and more.

Cory E. Grogan
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs
Cell: 503-856-5757
Email: corygrogan@msn.com

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