Tony Drees joined Veterans Passport to Hope as our Executive Director in March of 2017. Tony is an Army veteran who was severely wounded in the deadliest scud missile attack of the Gulf War. He has been fighting for veterans’ rights ever since. Today, he is a Transition Expert who assists veterans and others as they move through the challenges of their lives, so they can turn their own circumstances into success.
Tony was a recipient of the 2016 Mort Marks Award, named in honor of the veteran of World War II and the Battle of the Bulge, and the keynote speaker at VP2H’s 2016 Gala. He was also recognized for Diversity and Military Empowerment impact at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards for Education. He serves on the NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Executive Board and Diversity and Inclusion Board, and speaks to groups such as Hearts of Valor, a retreat for PTSD caregivers.
In addition to his work with veterans, his speaking engagements, and his training sessions, Tony is launching a new 6-episode empowerment show, with co-host Kimberly Outlaw, which will be live streamed and distributed via social media.
The partnership between Tony and his work and the mission of Veterans Passport to Hope is the first step in the organization’s national campaign launch.