Captain Leslie Nicole Smith, USA Ret. Tapped for "Phoenix" Award by Camp4Heroes
One of the highlights planned for HERO FEST Day is the Love, Honor, Respect Awards Dinner. The purpose of the Dinner is to raise funds to build a wellness center at Camp4Heroes and to serve as a campaign to reaffirm the significance of veteran’s day each year leading up to the holiday. Dinner begins at 4:00pm following a special opening procession led by Honor the Warriors cycling troupe.
he first honoree and keynote speaker for the Camp4Heroes “Love, Honor, Respect Awards, will be Army Captain (ret.) Leslie Nicole Smith. Captain Smith will be the first recipient of the “Phoenix” Awards, receiving the distinguished Leadership Award for the advancement of veteran’s causes on a local, national and international level.
Captain Smith graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and received her commission from the Army ROTC program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was assigned to the Nuclear Biological Chemical Corps and attended the Army Defense Information School, which enabled her to serve as a Public Affairs Officer as well.
What is Hero Fest Day?
Veterans Resources RV Joins Camp4heroes HERO FEST DAY Salute to Veterans & First Responders
There’s a 32-foot red, white and blue RV on a nationwide road trip to support veterans. Called Operation 22 to Zero, This mobile Billboard is on a mission.
Michele Ladd, the founder and her “Hero Mobile” want to help connect America’s heroes with more resources. “I am a Rochester local and I am a real estate broker here,” Ladd said. “My team and I have helped hundreds of heroes locally over the years and they share their stories with me over the years and I just took it to heart and with both my children being veterans I wanted to do something to pay it forward and make a difference.”She said. “I share their stories on Facebook, we do videos and I am looking for resources to help our veterans and our first responders with PTSD, suicide prevention and drug and alcohol related issues.”
An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day in this country.