In celebration of our nation's independence, Speakers.com presents these patriotic Americans who make America a great place to live.
David McCullough is a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian and best-selling author of books such as 1776, John Adams, and Truman. He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.
LCDR Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs, and starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His first book, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.
Mike Abrashoff, a former Naval Commander of the USS Benfold is also a New York Times Best-Selling Author of It's Your Ship. The extraordinary interest in Abrashoff's leadership journey and Benfold's organizational lessons led to two follow-up books - Get Your Ship Together and It's Our Ship.
J.R. Martinez is an actor, author, motivational speaker and army veteran, and author of Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit. J.R. was the season 13 winner of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" and served as the 2012 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal. J. R. was the cover of People Magazine, featured in their Sexiest Man Alive issue and one of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 2011.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in U.S. Army's Combat Support Field, and she is a Leadership and Change-Managing Expert. She broke barriers to become the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the US Army, and she founded Educational Achievement Services, Inc. with a mission to prepare tomorrow's leaders.
Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs started and directed the enormously successful effort to create a national memorial to those Americans who served their country in the Vietnam War. Starting with $2,800 of his own money, Scruggs initiated the memorial project after Congress failed to act. Despite controversy and numerous setbacks the endeavor raised more than $8 million dollars -- all of it from private sources.
As an astronaut and the fourth person to walk on the moon, Alan Bean is dedicated to inspiring people to be the best they can be, so their family can be the best it can be, and their company can be the best it can be. In 1973, he was the Commander of Skylab Mission II. Under his leadership his crew accomplished 150% of their pre-mission goals - a record unsurpassed before or since.