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HEAR THEIR STORIES • HIRE THEIR VOICES™

In Tulsa, Oklahoma...Army Veteran Brian Childs places his hand on the wheel and with his other hand, he presses the "ENTER" key on his laptop. He takes a deep breath and leans forward. As he exhales, his speaks into the microphone in front of him...

"My name is Brian Childs. I am a disabled veteran...and this is my story."

Brian sits back in his wheelchair with a confident smile and whispers to himself, "I did it".

Brian has just joined hundreds of his fellow military veterans as a working voice-over talent through the Colorado-based, nonprofit organization Warrior Voices.

THE ORGANIZATION

Warrior Voices is the world's only 501c3 Nonprofit Voice-Over training academy and talent agency that exclusively trains and represents U.S. Military Veterans and their spouses in the $15-billion voice-over and voice acting industry.

Since its launch in 2015, Warrior Voices has provided over $150,000 in voice-over work to our nation's veterans and collectively, Warrior Voices talent have provided voice-overs for over 300 major brands and companies over the past decade, including companies like Disney-Pixar, SONY, the NFL, NASCAR, CISCO and AT&T.

“And as a new generation of Veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the American Dream they helped defend. So to every CEO in America, let me repeat: If you want somebody who’s going to get the job done and done right, hire a Veteran.” – President Obama, 2015 State of the Union Address

THE MISSION

The Mission of Warrior Voices is to make a difference in the lives of our nation's military veterans and their spouses by educating, equipping and empowering them to succeed as working voice-over artists.

We do this through free voice-over training, personalized one-on-one coaching and talent representation on our talent casting site. When needed, Warrior Voices also provides free equipment to our veterans such as laptops, microphones and sound booths.

38% of Veterans consider the transition back to civilian life to be their most difficult challenge.

THE CHALLENGES

Of the many hurdles military veterans face in America today, they name adjusting back to everyday life as the most significant challenge. A RallyPoint/Rasmussen report reveals that 38% consider the transition back to civilian life to be the most significant challenge facing veterans today. Twenty-four percent (24%) think finding civilian employment is the greatest challenge, while 13% say that of health care. Nine percent (9%) each rate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personal finances as the biggest challenge facing veterans today.

Other factors of readjustment may even be a bit more complex. Depending on the individual veteran and whether or not he/she has the benefit of a positive support system, these intrinsic matters can be crucial to his/her overall transition and successful development, such as:

Veteran’s relationship with him/herself, their sense of identity, purpose, and self-worth.

Reassessment of life goals and ambitions, followed by setting and achieving personal/professional goals.

Coping with “starting over” in society. No longer holding the respect and authority afforded by a rank, ultimately being regarded as “Dan Smith” versus “Sergeant Smith, etc.

Physical handicap as a result of injuries sustained in combat. Such injuries may include disfigurement, amputation, and scarification.

Psychological effects of traumatic experiences, which may inhibit personal and professional growth. Examples include PTSD, survivor’s guilt, depression, and inclinations towards substance abuse/addiction.

20% of Iraq War Veterans suffer from PTSD.

THE STATISTICS

There are an estimated 21 Million military veterans from the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 20% to 31% of these veterans suffer from PTSD.

50% of veterans suffering from PTSD do not seek treatment.

19% of veterans have Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

7% of veterans have both PTSD and TBI.

THE BARRIERS

Many veterans also feel that private companies are not making the adjustment any easier. Despite a strong work ethic and dedication to mission accomplishment, many continue to find it difficult to secure a position in the civilian workforce, with the below being assessed as the top issues:

1. Skills translation - Unless veterans are applying for defense contracting jobs, they have to translate their military skills into civilian terms.

2. Skill mismatch - The military helped transform the men and women of the armed forces into leaders with excellent work ethics, but that does not mean veterans are trained to do every job.

3. Negative stereotypes - Some employers see veterans as too rigid or formal. Other stereotypes include problems with anger management or post-traumatic stress.

4. Concern about future deployments - Guardsmen and reservists face challenges associated with having to miss work for deployments, especially if they are seeking employment with small businesses.

5. Acclimation - Some employers are concerned that veterans don't completely fit into corporate culture.

And finally, according to the Veterans Health Administration report, the suicide rate among male and female veterans and military service members exceeds the national rate for the general population. Veterans comprise 20% of national suicides, with approximately 22 veterans dying by suicide every day. Three out of five veterans who died by suicide were diagnosed as having a mental health condition.

THE NEED

With the return of an estimated 3.4 million veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, an important trend has raised concern in recent years. That trend is the rise in veteran unemployment which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is currently stands at 8.4% - 68% higher than the national rate among civilians.

The alarming rate of unemployment among veterans is due to several factors and a nationwide effort to address those challenges is growing. Corporations are seeking out specialized training to assist in their hiring of veterans and there are an estimated 45,000 nonprofit organizations in America that self-identify as assisting U.S. military service personnel and their families. However, many of these organizations are at maximum capacity in their assistance or are simply underfunded and not able to meet the demand of the number of veterans seeking vocational training or job placement assistance.

The need for greater access to employment and vocational training for veterans is undeniable, as is the need for organizations that can help translate our veterans' skill sets and experience into qualification for the available jobs that remain unfilled around the country. Warrior Voices has established itself as one of those organizations and will continue to expand its services and its impact on veterans' lives.

Retired Marine Chad Ritter, Coach Norm Silver and Warrior Voices' Founder/CEO Rob Reese.

THE APPROACH

WV is dedicated to extending assistance to veterans of all wars and eras and their families. In addition to current working voice-over veterans, WV offers our program to veterans who are disabled, frequently unemployed or even homeless, as they move from dependent, often abusive relationships into independent, self-sufficient lifestyles. Additionally, we will assist our nation's veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders.

Through strategic collaborations with voice-over studios, online academies and coaches, like Edge Studio in New York and Udemy.com, Warrior Voices will provide free training, coaching and continual education for veterans seeking a new career or part-time employment in a stable and growing industry.

Our qualified team provides trainees with a comprehensive program that teaches them necessary life skills, in addition to voice-over skills. This collaborative approach to empowerment is the keystone to developing self-sufficiency.

THE TEAM

The management team of Warrior Voices consists of six individuals that collectively provide over ninety years of experience in voice acting and voice-over services, radio and television production and broadcasting, web and graphic design, concert production and more. Three of the Company’s management team are also managing Members of the LTD and SERVE AS the sole directors until Warrior Voices begins to grow.

The Management Team of Warrior Voices: Rob Reese, Phil Saraff, Andrew Reed, Bill LeVasseur, Norm Silver & Greg Stone

ROBERT REESE - Founder & CEO

Rob got an early start in voice-over and broadcast radio at age 17, working as a weekend news announcer and on-air personality in Michigan. He later moved on to “Power 93” KITY FM in San Antonio, Texas where he was introduced to the world of concert production. By age 22, Rob had made a name for himself in the concert industry as the Executive Producer of major concert events including Tommy Chong, George Lopez, Brooks & Dunn and VH-1’s “Big 80’s” tour. After concert production, Rob debuted as a television talent in Denver, Colorado and continues to lend his voice to such major brands as Sony, Craftsman, Motorola, John Deere and the hit television show "The Lifted Life" on NBC Sports.

PHIL SARAFF - Co-founder & COO

As a former US Marine and 19-year police patrol Sergeant, Philip brings a broad spectrum of life and work experience to Warrior Voices, giving him a very unique and "Real world" approach to mentoring, coaching, training and leadership.

Philip also brings a unique approach to consulting and leadership development, believing wholeheartedly that we must create a system of trust and understanding, especially among those with whom we work.

Philip is certified by Paul Ekma International for Evaluating Truth and Credibility as well as Emotional Skills and Competency. He is currently the only police officer in the nation to deliver this material and is known as the "The Human Lie detector.”

BILL LEVASSEUR - Program Director

Bill was born the oldest child of a military family and after high school, served 5 years as an F-16 Crew Chief in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Japan and Utah.

Following his Honorable Discharge after Desert Storm, Bill discovered acting while working alongside Leslie Nielsen in the Disney film Family Plan, and has since appeared on such hit shows as Melrose Place, Days of Our Lives and The West Wing, and in films like The Postman, with Kevin Costner.

Being a commercial actor for the past 16 years, Bill has been the trusted face ofmajor brands like Southwest Airlines, Coors Beer, Cabelas and Ducati.

His most recent project has been hosting the new reality show BrainStormers, which will aired nationally in March, 2015

ANDREW REED - Business Development

Andrew started his carrier in the nightclub industry over 20 years ago and has become one of Denver’s most well-recognized live entertainment personalities.

Andrew produced and co-hosted the Denver-based TV entertainment program Denver Live, conducting exclusive Red Carpet interviews with A-List celebrities such as Morgan Freeman, Kevin Bacon and Jamie Foxx.

Andrew’s other accomplishments include monthly appearances on Denver’s iconic rock radio station, KBPI with Gregg Stone and he has hosted hundreds of private and public events throughout the U.S.

Andrew brings great mentoring, coaching and training skills and is an expert in the live performance and emcee industry.

NORM SILVER - Director of Coaching & Curriculum

Norm has coached and trained hundreds of actors in Denver for over 25 years in voice- over, film and commercial work and is highly recommended by Denver talent agents. Norm is also a professional actor, voice-over artist, performer and auctioneer and has appeared as a guest star on shows such as Perry Mason and the Father Dowling Mysteries, and has been feature actor with Dick Van Dyke on Diagnosis Murder and the mini-series, Asteroid.

His commercial clients include: Budweiser, McDonald's, Burger King, The Colorado Lottery, Village Inn, Rocky Mountain News, U.S. West, Coors and Ford.

Norm is responsible for the current coaching system and voice-over training curriculum used by Warrior Voices.

GREGG STONE - Coach & Curriculum Development

With over 30 years of radio and voice over experience, Gregg “Uncle Nasty” Stone is a major market radio talent with call letters like KBPI/KOA Denver, KLOL-Houston, KSJO-San Jose, KIOZ-San Diego and KBER-SLC.

Gregg hosted a very successful afternoon drive show at KBPI-Denver for over 15 years and has provided television narration for Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. His voice over skills can be heard on numerous radio and television commercials nationwide.

THE INDUSTRY

As of 2017, Voice Over and Voice Acting was estimated to be a $15.1 billion industry worldwide. In the U.S., there are currently 24 million small businesses with approximately 885,000 new firms launched each year. These businesses represent Warrior Voices' customer foundation with major brands, ad agencies and brand managers a close second, providing the largest per-project dollar amounts spent respectively. Following small business and major brands is radio and television broadcasting.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that as of May 2017, the mean hourly wage of actors was $41.73 (www.bls.gov). Freelance voice-over actors are usually paid by a flat rate per project, though a longer project, such as a television series, could be salaried. Anecdotal information relayed by the BLS in 2016 shows that voice actors usually earn hourly wages that range from $300-$500 for the initial hour and $200-$350 for each following hour.

The BLS predicted a 4% employment growth for actors in general from 2012-2022, however voice actors have experienced a much higher growth rate due to the birth of Internet-based casting agencies. Small businesses and major brands alike are breaking away from the traditional “Big City” talent agencies and finding their voice talent online, making the future very bright for new and working voice actors.

THE PROGRAM

The Warrior Voices Voice Over Training Academy is an intensive 8-week course consisting of 7 Sections, 49 Modules and a total run time of 9.5 hours.

WARRIOR VOICES ONLINE TRAINING COURSE

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