21 Nov November 22, 2016 – First First Gentleman Gerald Weaver, NEFE Ted Beck & Veteran’s Widow Elizabeth “Denise” Caldon Sorkness
Gerald Weaver has done just about everything there is to do on Capitol Hill and in Washington. He was a lawyer at a Washington law firm, a Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, a lobbyist who owned his own firm, a political analyst at a major trade association, and a legislative assistant who began his career as an intern. He has managed Congressional campaigns, testified before the U.S. Senate, served on the steering committees of Presidential campaigns, affected federal legislation, managed a large state for a Presidential campaign and personally known countless of Washington’s politicians, journalists and other figures. Gerald has been quoted on numerous occasions in the London Sunday Times, New York Times, The New Statesman, the Washington Post, The Times of London, Daily Variety, ABC World News Tonight, has been interviewed on the BBC, Talk Radio Europe, Monocle 24, and has appeared in many other publications and media outlets. After having written countless speeches, press releases, Congressional testimonies, political advertisements, legal briefs and lobbying reports, he is beginning his career in a different kind of writing.
Ted Beck – President & CEO at National Endowment for Financial Education
Ted Beck is the president and CEO of The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a nonprofit foundation that provides financial education and practical information to people at all financial stages. NEFE believes that regardless of background or income level more financially informed individuals are better able to take control of their circumstances, improve their quality of life, and ensure a more stable future for themselves and their families. It is NEFE’s strong conviction that, through an increased understanding of personal financial issues, all Americans can enjoy better, more secure, and more satisfying lives.
Elizabeth “Denise” Caldon Sorkness – Veteran’s Widow, Speaker and Author of Stall, Deny and Hope They Die – The VA’s Unwritten Policy: The Story of One Widow’s 19-Year Battle with the VA
Jim Caldon was a Navy Seabee who served in Vietnam in the late 60’s. When his children were 2, 4, and 6 years of age, it was determined that he suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – Stage IV. The prognosis was “two years.” My husband lived for nine. After many years of medical testing, the VA classified his death as “service-related due to his exposure to Agent Orange.” But Denise has never received a penny in benefits. This is her story.