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Veterans Day: Top 5 Military Speakers

  • By Noah Schwartz
  •  Nov 11, 2021

On November 11, we celebrate and honor those who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces, and we thank them for their sacrifice that has benefitted us all. If you are looking for a speaker to inspire your audience, a Military speaker is the perfect choice. Love of country and stories of heroic efforts to protect our nation will leave your audience ready to take on any challenge. Engage has a wide variety of military speakers from combat veterans to military journalists, so there is a speaker available for everyone. Take a look at the Top 5 Military Speakers on Engage:

5. Brent Gleeson

Brent Gleeson is a former member of Seal Team 5 who took tours of Iraq and Africa during his time in service. After being honorably discharged, Gleeson decided to earn an MBA at the University of San Diego, where he began working to co-found Internet Marketing Inc., which is now called REQ, and he has since founded TakingPoint Leadership, which is a consulting firm that focuses on building leadership, culture, and engagement in the workplace. He has been on multiple reality TV shows including “One Man Army,” and “Stars Earn Stripes,” and has also authored a bestselling book titled, “TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change,” and an additional book titled, “Embrace the Suck: The Navy SEAL Way to an Extraordinary Life.” Currently, Brent is the author of a weekly column on Forbes.com and Inc.com, where he talks about leadership methods. Gleeson is a wealth of information and is ready to share his knowledge and experience with everyone in attendance at your event.

4. Ryan Stream

Ryan Stream is a two-time war Veteran, a motivational speaker, and a musician. As a child, Stream had to sleep in a homeless shelter and make his way through the foster system. He struggled with losing his mother from suicide, which led him to a path of drug addictions and jail sentences. When Stream decided to change his life, he joined the Army. When he deployed to Afghanistan, 23 of the 32 soldiers Stream deployed with had their vehicles blown up with an improvised explosive device, and it was through this experience that Stream learned the power of positive thinking, challenging change, and believing in yourself. Stream believes that he is proof that you can change your life and write your own story. He uses his music and the stories of his deployment to connect with and inspire people across the world.

3. Jake Rademacher

Jake Rademacher is a military documentary filmmaker. He produced the documentary “Brothers at War,” which documents an American military family and the Iraq War. In order to make the film, Rademacher embedded with an 18th Airborne LRS Company, Marine Advisors, Snipers, and a National Guard Infantry Company in Iraq. At his alma mater, Notre Dame, Rademach created the “Brothers at War” Resilience Workshop. The workshop is intended to help military Service Members and their families to help them reintegrate, reconnect, heal and grow. So far, the workshop has served over 20,000 individuals, and Rademacher aims to continue growing. Currently, Rademacher is working on “Brothers at War II - The Long View,” which will follow the Service Members and families that he worked with in the first film. Rademacher has a very unique perspective, with the time he has spent both with active service members and their families, and his stories are sure to bring value to your audience.

2. Israel Del Toro Jr

Israel Del Toro Jr is an American Hero and a veteran. As an Air Force Senior Master Sergeant in Afghanistan in 2005, Del Toro Jr was injured when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device. This injury caused him to lose most of his fingers and to suffer third degree burns on more than 80% of his body. After nearly three months in a coma, Del Toro Jr was only supposed to have a 15% chance of survival, and he was told he would likely never walk or breathe on his own again. However, Del Toro Jr defied all odds and became the first 100% combat disabled Air Force technician to re-enlist in the military. At the ESPYs in 2017, Del Toro Jr won the Pat Tillman Award for Service, whose namesake left the NFL to enlist in the Army in order to serve his country. Del Toro Jr is a true hero and anyone who has the privilege of hearing him speak will surely be touched by the experience.

1. Travis Mills

Travis Mills is a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant of the 82nd Airborne and is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. In Afghanistan, Mills lost portions of both arms and legs from an improvised explosive device. As one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive his injuries, Mills decided to live the rest of his life by the motto “Never give up. Never quit.” Mills and his wife have founded the Travis Mills Foundation in order to benefit and assist post 9/11 veterans who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation. The foundation gives veterans and families and all expenses paid vacation where they can bond with each other and other families and enjoy time off. Mills is also the author of a bestselling memoir titled “Tough as They Come.” If you are looking for a speaker who will truly motivate and inspire your audience, Mills is the perfect speaker for you.

Should I book a speaker for my event?

In today’s age, our attention span is dwindling. A technological era in which we can get rushes of dopamine to our brain in a couple seconds by scrolling on a variety of social media platforms has created an atmosphere where we quickly become uninterested by something if we are not immediately curious to hear more. In an event, this means being able to grab your audience’s attention immediately and pull them in, wanting to hear more. This is where hiring a speaker for an event comes into play. The speakers that are on Engage’s website are some of the most high-class, interesting stories you will ever hear. Engage has the stories and speakers that will hold your audience captive with interest. 

To learn more about Engage, its talent, and how to book your next speaker contact us at info@letsengage.com or visit  https://www.letsengage.com/.