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MIGHTY 25: We Are The Mighty Announces The Top 25 Military Changemakers of 2023

Cathy Hebert
Press Release, Recurrent News

MIGHTY 25: We Are The Mighty Announces The Top 25 Military Changemakers of 2023

Winners to be honored at Military Influencer Conference (MIC) in Las Vegas

NEW YORK – November 2, 2023 – Today, the revered media brand for the military community, We Are The Mighty, is thrilled to announce its distinguished MIGHTY 25 class of 2023

The MIGHTY 25, sponsored by National University, annually highlights 25 trailblazers who are making a notable impact on the military community. Featuring dedicated service members and veterans, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, fervent advocates, steadfast military spouses, and global thought leaders, this list embodies unmatched dedication and epitomizes community impact.

The Mighty 25 will be celebrated in the vibrant atmosphere of Military Influencer Conference (MIC) 2023, at the Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World from November 7-10. The conference’s signature event is the Mighty 25 Awards Gala, which is a tribute to the recipients.

Tessa Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of We Are The Mighty, expressed, “For eight years now, We Are The Mighty has recognized 25 individuals doing incredible things to better our communities. Some of the awardees are household names, some you’ve never heard of, but their unwavering dedication to bettering the world around them is the same. The MIGHTY 25 represents the best of humanity – men and women working tirelessly to support our service members willing to sacrifice it all in the name of our shared freedom and democracy. It is an honor to announce this year’s MIGHTY 25.” 


  1. Nolan PetersonAuthor, Defense Consultant, and Military/Foreign Policy Expert
  2. David Gale, Linda Alexander, David Harden, and Bill Siegal – Founders & Board of We Are The Mighty   
  3. Stacy Pearsall – PBS television series “After Action” Producer and Host
  4. Monica Bassett Founder and CEO of Stronghold Food Pantry
  5. Ashley Gutermuth – Award-Winning Comedian, National Public Speaker, and Military Spouse 
  6. Brittany BoccherSpeaker, Military/Veteran Advocate, and 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year
  7. Libby Jamison Attorney Advisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs, co-founder of MissionLICENSE; Instrumental in passing Executive Order on Advancing Economic Security for Military and Veteran Spouses, Military Caregivers, and Survivors  
  8. Cailin Crockett Director, Military Personnel & Readiness, NSC/Senior Advisor, Gender Policy Council, The White House; Instrumental in passing Executive Order on Advancing Economic Security for Military and Veteran Spouses, Military Caregivers, and Survivors 
  9. Thomas Brennan Founder and Executive Director of The War Horse News
  10. Rebekah Edmonson – Advocate for Veteran Leadership 
  11. Ruben Ayala – CEO at Triple Nikel 
  12. Charles Moore – Associate Director for Enterprise Program Development, Raytheon
  13. Isabella Casillas Guzman – Administrator at U.S. Small Business Administration
  14. George Kittle – Tight End, San Francisco 49ers 
  15. Wayne Peacock – CEO of USAA and leader of the suicide prevention campaign “Face the Fight” 
  16. Richard Fierro – Army Veteran, Disarmed Club Q Gunman 
  17. iAsia Brown – Senior Producer at Xbox and Keynote Speaker 
  18. James Harvey IIIFirst African American USAF jet fighter pilot to fly combat operations in the Korean War, Tuskegee Airman
  19. Victor LaGroon – Chief Diversity Officer at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Head of Global Health Equity Strategy
  20. Steve Schwarzman – CEO & Co-Founder of Blackstone 
  21. Matthew Weiss – USMC Intelligence Officer, Author, “We Don’t Want YOU, Uncle Sam: Examining the Military Recruiting Crisis with Generation Z”
  22. Kimberly MitchellSenior Advisor, Veteran Services Organizations Liaison, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  23. President George W. Bush – 43rd President of the United States and creator of the #StandTo Veteran Leadership Program
  24. Lauren Hope – Executive Director, Second Service Foundation, Military Spouse, Entrepreneur 
  25. Kathy Roth-DouquetCo-founder and CEO of Blue Star Families, Author 



We Are The Mighty is the premier media brand for the 133 million “mega-niche” community of America’s military, veterans, and their families. WATM’s veteran creators capture this community’s voice with original, multi-platform media, branded campaigns, and high-profile events. WATM is committed to making a positive impact in the community we serve. Our unique insights, guidance, and experience provide distinct value to brands, businesses, and anyone looking to authentically connect with our nation’s military-veteran community. 



Military Influencer Conference is the leading military-focused event for entrepreneurs, influencers, leaders, and brands who shape and support the military community. Annually, MIC brings together more than 100 global partners and 1500 attendees. MIC and WATM are owned and operated by Recurrent, a privately held media company that has one of the largest suites of military brands, including Task & Purpose, MilSpouseFest, We Are The Mighty, and The War Zone.