HOOAH serves forward deployed special operations troops, servicemen and servicewomen, their stateside families, and returning veterans with a high level of understanding, compassion, empathy, and appreciation.
HOOAH’s vision is to give our volunteers, and the public, an opportunity to honor our dedicated servicemen and servicewomen and veterans with customized support and services when they need it most:
Simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. We hear a lot about it, but what is it and what can we do about it? By definition: A mental health condition triggered by or experiencing or seeing a terrifying event.
Bob Sebastian enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1983. Following the completion of One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington where he completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program. Then, SPC was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. SPC Sebastian conducted himself with the upmost honor and integrity throughout his service to the 75th Ranger Regiment. While conducting a jungle training exercise in Panama, SPC Sebastian injured his right knee. SPC Sebastian continued to selflessly serve the 2nd Ranger Battalion; however, due to complications of his injury, SPC Sebastian was honorably discharged from the military in February 1986. Since his separation from the military, Bob Sebastian’s life of living the Ranger Creed has been nothing short of exemplary. In 1999, Bob purchased his first auto repair shop. Over the next 14 years he was able to expand to nine locations with almost 100 employees. He vowed to give back to the community by setting the example for others to follow. Over the years Bob was able to give free oil changes to anyone who donated to the local food shelf, free oil changes for donations to a local police department in order to purchase two working dogs, sponsor several school sports teams, as well as provide donations to many other local charities. Because of his desire to give back to the 75th Ranger Regiment, on 09 April 2011 Bob placed 2 care packages in the mail with CSM Merritt’s name on them. His goal was to do this every other week. After just one month of mailing Rangers care packages he founded Helping Out Our American Heroes (H.O.O.A.H) with the help of his wife, Melissa Sebastian, Ranger Rocky Otte and his wife Diane Otte and Ranger Brett Beaudette and his wife Cathy Beaudette. The foundation quickly began to grow and continues to support all of the military while also still supporting the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Melissa Sebastian, one of the original co-founders of H.O.O.A.H., currently serves as Treasurer on the National Board of Directors. Melissa’s grandfather served with the Army in WWII where he was shot in the chest and received a Purple Heart. The family didn’t talk much about his service, or the military. It wasn’t until she met her husband, Bob (served in the Army with the 2nd Ranger Battalion) that she really learned about the selfless sacrifices our military men and women, and their families, make on a daily basis to keep our country free from harm.
In early 2011, after almost 10 years at war, Melissa and Bob decided it was time to do something to give back to those who serve and had served. They, along with two Ranger buddies and their wives, formed H.O.O.A.H. and started sending care packages to deployed troops. H.O.O.A.H.’s mission is “to lend support to forward deployed servicemen and women, their stateside families and returning veterans with a high level of understanding, compassion and empathy”. While H.O.O.A.H. still sends care packages to deployed troops, they’ve branched out to do so much more. Melissa tries to live H.O.O.A.H.’s mission every day and gives back to the military and veteran communities because it’s the right thing to do.
Melissa and her husband travel in an RV to explore all the wonderful sites and places in the USA. They’ve been able to attend H.O.O.A.H. events throughout the country and meet a lot of troops, veterans and their families at various military gatherings. Melissa also enjoys reading, crafting and puzzles of all kinds: crossword, sudoku, jigsaw, kakuro, ken-ken and more.
Darryl Wolff joined the United States Army in 2010. At the young age of 25 he knew it would be a roller coaster. He completed OSUT, Airborne, RASP and Ranger School at Fort Moore (Benning) and his first combat rotation was a year to the day that he joined the Army. After just over 10 years and five combat rotations he felt it was time to move on. He continues to serve as a Drug Testing Technician on Fort Moore as well as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Team Rubicon and HOOAH. In his other spare time he fishes the Georgia Bass Trail. His simple rules for communication are: If I’m fishing, send via 8 pound bass, if I’m hunting send via 8 point buck, if I’m sleeping or spending time with my wife by the pool wait until options one or two!
Dr. Anya Szigeti is a multifaceted professional with a diverse background in health and wellness. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious United States Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Grantham University, and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine with a certification in Acupuncture from the National University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Szigeti’s passion for holistic health and integrative medicine led her to become a Diplomate with The American Board of Chiropractic Internists (DABCI). She is the CEO + founder of Back to Health Functional Medicine, a unique approach that combines functional medicine and nutrition to address the root causes of health issues and promote optimal well-being.
Dr. Szigeti is a highly regarded clinician, educator, and founder of The Szigeti Method, a cutting-edge virtual education platform. With extensive experience in her clinical practice, she also serves as a mentor and shares her vast knowledge and expertise with health professionals who are pursuing advanced degrees. Her passion for education and empowerment has driven her to create The Szigeti Method, a dynamic platform that equips and empowers others through innovative virtual learning experiences. Dr. Szigeti’s commitment to excellence in healthcare and education has made her a trusted leader in her field.
She is also a best-selling author, with her book “You Can’t Outrun Your Fork” providing practical guidance on nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health.
Dr. Szigeti is a true embodiment of a healthy lifestyle, as evidenced by her participation in ultra-marathons, ironman triathlons, and her dedication to yoga. She is also a veteran, wife, and doxie-mom, showcasing her unwavering commitment to family and community.
With her extensive education, clinical expertise, and passion for holistic health, Dr. Szigeti has become a respected figure in the field of functional medicine. She continues to make a positive impact on the lives of her patients and the community through her innovative approach to health and wellness.
My name is Kevin Cagle and I have a mission. I am a man that served my country with honor in the United States Army (2/508th Airborne Infantry). I’m a man who was sexually assaulted by a senior NCO male person in our country’s military. I am a man that has decided to dedicate my life to advocating for men like me. I’m a servant and volunteer and if gives me joy.
Your donation will aid H.O.O.A.H in achieving its mission to lend support to forward deployed servicemen and women, their stateside families, and returning veterans. All gifts are 100% tax deductible.