Why We Give
The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized and supported for their commitment. All of us believe and understand in the fabric of the common bond of why we call ourselves American is to care for the men and women who wear the uniform; and when they take off the uniform, we care for them when they are veterans.
Herman Statum- Lt. Col. U.S. Army Retired
Hello, My name is Herman Statum. I was born and raised in Shelbyville, TN. I have lived with my family in Brentwood, since 1985. As a former military family, we moved several times. Of my 20-year Army career, I was stationed eleven years overseas. It is a pleasure and honor to offer my thoughts about the Joshua Chamberlain Society (JCS). The JCS is a very special and unique charitable organization that adopts severely wounded veterans and the families of deceased veterans and commits to providing support for the long term. The JCS follows through on its belief that their sacrifice is permanent- so is the support of JCS.
My association with JCS has been with the Nashville Chapter under the outstanding leadership of Don and Pam Ross. Both are dedicated, exceptionally talented and patriotic all the way. I always look forward to participating in the various JCS events including the annual galas, parties, auctions, shoot for the troops, and other special events. The excellent scheduling, promoting, arranging and managing these diverse events is a tribute to the stellar leadership, dedication and management skills of Don and Pam.
I also have enjoyed meeting the JCS wounded heroes when they attended some of the local events. They are an amazing group of America’s finest soldiers whose attitudes are an inspiration to others. The JCS wounded veterans very much appreciate the special things JCS does for them and they proudly praise the organization. Having volunteered for combat with two tours in Vietnam, I also can relate to the veterans’ feelings experienced in combat situations.
Please get involved and support JCS any way you can with the understanding that what one does for one’s self dies with you, but what you do for others and the world remains immortal.
Captain April Bruner- 1138th Sapper Company Commander
The 1138th Combat Engineer (Sapper) Company out of Farmington, Missouri is a huge supporter of the Joshua Chamberlain Society. Army Sappers are known to be the cutting edge of our country’s sword. They are often tasked to complete any mission regardless of available assets, and are put in some of the most dangerous, challenging, and austere environments. Any Sapper knows the true meaning of personal courage, and fearlessly puts themselves in harm’s way in order to complete the mission at hand, or to protect the lives or safety of others. Due to the true testament of character and selfless service that these Soldiers embody, it is no surprise that two 1138th Sapper Company Soldiers are now Joshua Chamberlain Society heroes.
SSG Joshua Eckhoff, served honorably with the 1138th Sapper company as well as multiple tours to Iraq. On February 6, 2008, Josh’s vehicle was struck with an improvised explosive device altering his life forever. The mascot for the 1138th Sapper Company is the Ozark Hellbender, and Soldiers from the unit will often tell you, “Once a Hellbender, always a Hellbender”. The same is true with Josh and his continued ties to the unit. For the past 2 years, the company has come out and participated in the JCS Fitness Challenge alongside Josh. He is still very much a valued Soldier in the organization.
The same is true for JCS hero SGT Denis Kisseloff. After leaving active duty Marine Corps, SGT Kisseloff joined the ranks of the Army National Guard becoming A Sapper with the 1138th Engineer Company. SGT Kisseloff was killed-in-action on May 14, 2010, leaving behind his two children Serena and Aleksander. It has been with great honor that the 1138th Sapper Company has been able to be in the Kisseloff children’s lives, who have been present with the command team at numerous events, including the annual Gala. Just as JCS adopts a hero for life, so does the 1138th Sapper Company, hence creating a lasting bond between the two organizations. It is with tremendous gratitude and continued support to the Joshua Chamberlain Society from the 1138th Sapper Company, for taking care of two of its very own heroes.
My name is Jeff Netherton, and I live in St. Paul, MO with my wife Barb. I am a graduate of Missouri State and postgraduate of Washington University, Olin School of Business. We have transferred around the US for Graybar four times in my 25+ year career, but have been back in St. Louis since 2010.
I was introduced to the JCS about 9-years ago at the Sporting Clay Shoot through work affiliations with NAI DESCO and ARCO Construction. Coming from a military family, but never serving myself, I was immediately drawn to the efforts and support this charity was providing. I was humbled meeting some of the hero’s knowing and seeing the sacrifice they gave to this country. I am fortunate to work for a great company, Graybar, who supported my request to help sponsor the JCS.
Our Corporate Partners
The Joshua Chamberlain Society would like to recognize those businesses that support our mission of caring for the most traumatically wounded heroes in our communities. We understand that without that support we would not be able to complete our mission. You are truly patriotic. On behalf of our JCS Heroes, thank you!
Envision Health Partners
Gardius Wealth Advisors
Industrial Shelving Systems
Stone Tree Fabrications
The Cracker Factory
The Moneta Group
The Smokehouse Market
Thompson Street Capital
Gene Tichacek Family
John Brunner Family
The Jones Family Foundation