Children of Heroes Foundation

Advisory Board
Products About the Founder Founder's Statement Advisory Board Feedback


The following individuals and companies have contributed their support, time and effort to the Foundation:
Jesse White
Illinois Secretary of State

Mr. White served as a paratrooper in     the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne       Division and as a member of  the     Illinois National Guard.

Mr. White has and will continue to give his time and effort to advise and guide the Foundation.

Allen J. Lynch                               Chief of Veterans Rights for the Illinois Attorney General

Served in the United States Army and National Guard.

The President of the United States presented him with:
The Congressional Medal of Honor

Mr. Lynch will assist in contacting veteran organizations to help support the Children of Heroes Foundation and the sale of its products.  He will also assist in qualifying veteran organizations to which Children of Heroes will contribute.

Lt. Col. Anthony C. Turner
United States Marine Corp

Served in operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

The President of the United States presented him with:                            The Bronze Star Medal

Lt. Col. Turner, while not representing the Marine Corp, he will be personally advising and helping the Foundation in areas relating to the military.

Casey Owens
United States Marine Corporal

Purple Heart Recipient, Veteran Advocate, Iraq War Veteran hero and Paralympics skier.

Casey is a Veteran Advocate who has testified before United States Congress and featured on CBS national news broadcast. Casey lost his legs during a command in Iraq. Casey is a managing member of Enabled Enterprises helping employ veterans.


In Memorial

In October of 2014, we lost our good friend, partner and military hero Casey Owens. Casey endured many physical and psychological battles as a result of his service. On October 14, 2014 he succumbed to his PSTD. He was interned at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

We dedicate Enabled Enterprises to his memory. Our efforts to create employment, business opportunities, jobs and medical and emotional support for our veterans, will continue in Casey's honor.

May he rest in peace


Adam McCabe
United States Marine Sergeant
Adam is a Veteran Advocate, Founder of Purple Star Veterans and Founder and Director of Operations for Huts for Vets. Adam as a managing member of Enabled Enterprises and works with Children of Heroes to give veterans high level employment opportunities.
James H. Mukoyama
Major General, U.S. Army, Retired
The General served as a platoon leader in Korea and an infantry commander in the 9th division Vietnam. He was the youngest General Officer in the U.S. Army and subsequently the youngest Army Major General. He became the first Asian-American in the history of the U.S. to command a division. Among the Generalís decorations and badges include The Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, Parachute Badge, Expert Infantry's Badge and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

General Mukoyama, based on his strong faith, has long believed that spiritual support is critical part of a veteranís ability to deal with the many issues they are facing. This led to the creation and his commitment to Military Outreach USA, a faith based 501(c)(3) organization supporting the spiritual needs of our active duty and veterans
Col Jayson Sawyer
U.S. Army, Retired

Jayson graduated from West Point on the Commandantís List in 1982, 83rd in his class of 863, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Math/Science/Engineering with a concentration in behavioral science and leadership. He is a veteran of four command tours, three at the field grade officer level, to include battalion command, three company commands, as well as tenure as the Chief of the United States Army Armor Centerís Combat Indoctrination Committee at Fort Knox and the leader of both a Rifle and a Weapons platoon in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He has served in uniform on military staffs at the Company, Battalion, Division, and Army Headquarters levels, culminating at the E-Ring of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

James Frazier                                   Gold Star Father

Former Senior Policy Advisor on Veteran Affairs to Illinois Lt. Governor

Mr. Frazier is a father of an American hero, Jacob Frazier, lost while defending our country.  Jim is dedicated to helping veterans and their families.

Sylvia Perez

Sylvia is a powerful veteran advocate having been brought up on military bases and married a serviceman. Sylvia is an Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, news and health reporter, and was a major market anchor. Perez is one of the most recognized talents in the Chicago broadcast community, the third largest US television market. She is well known for her expertise and interest in topics involving veterans, including multiple features on their journeys once they return from service and acclimate back into civilian life. Sylvia has a unique and heartfelt perspective on veteransí issues and has a passion for investigative storytelling.

Dr. John M. Buchanan
Pastor - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois

Editor and Publisher of the Christian Century and President of the Christian Century Foundation

Children of Heroes Foundation is a way all of us can address the concern every American has for the children of service people who are casualties in Iraq.  Nothing can heal the deep wound of the loss of a parent.  But we can, as communities and a nation, stand together with those whose loss a grief are profound.  I am pleased to endorse this effort to provide college scholarships, counseling and emergency services.  This project expresses the common bonds, regardless of our political affiliations or opinions on the war in Iraq, that bind us together as one nation.

Herbert Bronstein                               Rabbi-North Shore Congregation Israel

Whatever our  backgrounds, religious affiliation, politics and views on the present war, the hearts of all Americans reach out to the families, and particularly, to the children, of those who have perished in the conflict.  In this we are united.  Support for children of heroes is a way for which all of us yearn to be united in bringing healing to hurt, wholeness to the brokenness of loss, to express in deed that which is the heart of all spirituality, acts of charity and love.

Troy Livingston
Founder of Livingston Products, Inc and Freedom Trax
Livingston Products has worked in alliance with Children of Heroes Foundation to develop the Freedom Trax for disabled veterans. His company engineered the Medi-Sun Phototherapy devise, which will begin clinical trials with the military as to the benefit in preventing and treating concussions and PTSD and TBI, (traumatic brain injury).
Daniel Livingston                              Project Manager for Livingston Products, Inc

Dan is the engineer behind the Freedom Trax and the Medi-Sun Phototherapy Technology. He and father, Troy, will continue to develop products to benefit disables veterans.

Marilee Upton Spatz


Board of Director

Marilee has been working with the Children of Heroes Foundation and Veterans at the Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Week for the last 10 years. She provides support and creative input.

Adora Spatz Sauer

Sun Health Technologies
Enabled Enterprises

Board of Director

As General Counsel for Children of Heroes, she provides legal counsel and support of the Foundation.

Linzy Upton Spatz Linzy has been working with the Children of Heroes Foundation and Veterans at the Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Week since she was 10 years old. She is a graduate of North Shore Country Day School. She will start her journey to a medical degree next year. She will promote Children of Heroes and Veteran causes on campus.
Skippy Upton Mesirow

Deputy Political Director - Illinois
Obama - 2008

Deputy Campaign Manager
Jesse White - 2010

Real World Reporting
Chief Executive Officer

Jacmel Ekspresyon

Board of Director

Skippy has years of experience running political campaigns, running a news company and traveling the world to run a not-for-profit arts center in Haiti.  He aids in political outreach and organizational and creative planning.

Dr. Allan Zelinger                       Cardiologist, Lecturer, Author  
Michael Belsky
Mayor of Highland Park, Illinois
Larry Gambon                           President - Larry Gambon, Inc. Designed and developed all logos for the Children of Heroes products.