About Us

Our Mission

Provide support, both financial and otherwise, to local veterans and veterans organizations, in the Tri-State area.

Our Story

We are an organization that is working hard towards making our very first events a success. To support our mission we will be hosting music and food festivals in the Evansville, Indiana area. The festivals will consist of local as well as nationally known talent. 

We are a 501(c)(3) entity and our board consists solely of volunteers.

Where Our Proceeds Go

The board works directly with local Veteran’s Outreach Programs to prioritize funds, scholarship awards, and other charitable donations.In the coming months we will have an application system where you can apply for funding for your veteran based need.

Meet The Board

Lance Yearby- President

Lance is a 2004 graduate of Heritage Hills High School. After High School he joined the United States Army.

Lance served in Iraq from 2007-2009 with 1-163rd Field Artillery, where he served as the communications Sergeant for Alpha Company while also preforming convoy security missions.

In 2009 Lance took a job with the US Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for maintaining lock and dams on the Ohio river. Lance is also a underwater Diver for the Army Corps, performing underwater structural inspection on our nation’s infrastructure.

During his time with the Army Corps he was heavily involved in the flood of 2011 in Metropolis, IL.

In 2013 during Hurricane Sandy, Lance was the field Supervisor in New York City.  He oversaw all clean up and teardown of structures and rebuilding of new boardwalks and roads.

In 2015 to 2016 Lance was a Dive Safety Officer, overseeing all dive operations at Olmsted Lock and Dam, a multi-billion dollar project being built in Olmsted, IL.

In 2017-2018 during Hurricane Marie in Puerto Rico, Lance was a field Supervisor overseeing the rebuilding of the power grid in the Rio Grande Area.

Lance served as a City Councilman in Carmi, IL from 2015 to 2018, where he lives with his wife Melanie and their four children.

Lance is a member of many organizations including the Carmi Lions Club, Carmi American Legion, Carmi VFW, and is the Past Commander of the Metropolis American Legion.  He is also a member of the Metropolis Masonic Lodge, Ainad Shrine, Hadi Shrine, Hadi Shrine Legion of Honor, Hadi Shrine Funsters, and attends Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City, IL. He he also President of Carmi Christmas Elves a nonprofit that raises funds to provide weekend meals for the Carmi School kids.

Jeff J Meeks – Vice President

Born and raised in Princeton, Indiana.

Graduated from Princeton Community High School in 1982.

Immediately went to work at Southern Indiana Tire where he worked his way up to Vice President, owner / partner and wholesale manager. He worked there for 23 years where he went through extensive managerial training and learned business organization skills. He went through OSHA safety training and became a sight safety inspector.

In 2004 Jeff started his own corporation, Gibson County Quality Assurance Inc. in Princeton. Main objective was to support Toyota Manufacturing with quality products through inspection and warehousing. He grew that successful business over the next 8 years to a high of over 900 employees. In 2012 he sold GCGA and retired to pursue his passion to help with veterans and veteran issues. His father was a Korean veteran so he has a very high respect for all past present and future members of the military.

Jeff is Vice President of Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 6 where he is very active with veteran issues and needs. Jeff is a Liaison for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve ( ESGR ) where he is on the military and employer outreach team. He has been awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award with ESGR. ESGR is a branch of the Department of Defense. Jeff is a lifetime member of VFW 1114 in Evansville, a Military Highpower Expert shooter, and an avid marksman.

Jeff and his wife Christina ran Meeks Guns Inc for 8 years in Fort Branch Indiana before retiring from that hobby project in September 2019.

Christina and Jeff live in Evansville, Indiana where he spends valuable time with their 6 kids and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy motorcycle riding, Evansville Corvette Club, traveling and spending time at our Colorado ranch.

Scott Mauser – Member

Scott Mauser is an Indiana native and has lived in Evansville the past 30 years. Scott has worked in marketing and advertising the past 35 years with positions of VP Marketing at Shoe Carnival, Inc, Vice President of Business Development at AXIOM Marketing & Advertising and sales management positions with TV, radio and digital companies and has been with Townsquare Media the past 13 years.

His grandfather and stepfather are veterans and has a son that served in the JROTC while in high school and participated in the Extreme Military Challenge in Alabama.

Scott is enjoys all genres of music and believes there is no other medium that bonds and connects people or fulfills one’s soul better than music. Besides his love for music, he has coached baseball, basketball and softball for over 25 years and currently coaches a competitive 18U travel softball team year round.

Scott and his wife Melissa have four children, Zach, Zane, Matt and Bella.

James A Stidham – Member

Married to Michelle Stidham
From Mt. Vernon, In
Owner of Beaux Cheveux salon in the downtown Evansville area
Graduated from Bosse High School in 1992
From 1993 to 1997 mechanic on uh-1n huey and ah-1w cobra attack helicopters
From 1997 to present, entering the union in 1999 IBEW member
Executive board and Safety committee for IBEW local 16
He also serves on the Vanderburgh County Building Commission electrical examining board.

Patrick Buttry – Member

Patrick was born and raised in Carmi, IL. He graduated from Carmi White County High School in 1994 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marine Corps he deployed to Iraq twice once in 2005 and again in 2007. He has also deployed many other times around the world in support of military operations. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2015 after 20 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant.

In 2015 Patrick started working for the Army Corps of Engineers in Mt. Vernon, IN. He currently holds the position of Equipment Mechanic Leader. During the summer of 2018, Patrick deployed to the Virgin Islands in support of Hurricanes Irma and Maria Response & Recovery.

Patrick is a member of the Carmi VFW Post 3851 where he served as the Quarter Master in 2016 and 2017.

Patrick and his wife, Amanda currently reside in Norris City, IL with their son Jayden. Patrick’s oldest son is currently stationed in Jacksonville, FL with the United States Navy. He is married with one son and a daughter on the way.

Garry Hisel – Member

Garry Hisel is a native of Jasper, Indiana and is the founding member of the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade.

Inspired by his father’s service in the United States Navy, Garry was determined to find a way to remember and honor the service members of our great nation. When he realized our community and surrounding areas did not have a Veterans Parade, Garry took the initiative and founded the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade. He currently serves as the President of the Board and is a historic military vehicle collector.

Garry and his wife reside in Jasper, Indiana.

Ray Engler – Secretary

Ray Engler is the founder of Nomad Technology Group, a local Evansville area business that is also an avid supporter of local veteran charities. In December of 2019 Ray sold his shares in Nomad and started another IT company Point Man Technology. Also an avid real estate investor, Ray owns many local properties in the Tri-State.

Mr. Engler also sits on the board of many different local organizations, such as the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade, where he heads up their main yearly fundraiser, dubbed Convoy for Cash. This helps bring in funds for the yearly Parade, as well as various veterans organizations.

He is the President of the Southern Indiana Military Vehicle club and an enthusiastic student of military history. He was brought into the club by his best friend, a veteran and a fellow enthusiast that helps him understand the plights facing modern veterans. Ray is also a prolific collector of former military vehicles.

He lives with his lovely wife, Lenore. They are both Members of All Saints Catholic Parrish.

Jason Brown – Treasurer

Jason is a native of Haubstadt, IN. After graduating from Gibson Southern High School he attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After a few years working in other locations in the Midwest, Jason returned to the area. He obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration and currently serves as the Plant Manager for Westech Building Products in Mt. Vernon. He has over twenty years of leadership and management experience in various manufacturing industries.

Jason is a Past Master of Fort Branch Masonic Lodge. He is also a member of Hadi Shrine and a Past President of the Hadi Funsters.

Jason currently resides in Haubstadt with his wife Bobbi and their two daughters Autumn and Raegan. They attend Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh, IN.

Jason’s desire to serve on this board is rooted in patriotic pride and a desire to instill respect and honor in younger generations for those who have served and sacrificed for the United States. It is also an avenue to honor the service of his father, grandfather and other family members.

Amanda Tempel – Member

Named as one of the top 40 under 40 by the Hoosier Business Journal in 2017, Southern Indiana native Amanda Tempel has spent the last 10 years writing for music and travel publications. She’s interviewed country music’s biggest stars at the CMA Awards, CMT Awards, music festivals, and beyond. Now, in her role as editor for Mixtape-Escape.com, she fuses travel and country music from Nashville and beyond.