Action Tank On The Road: Running, Cycling & Fundraising for the Good of the Community

Action Tank Members have been busy participating in athletic events supporting veterans and the community.

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This spring our members raised thousands of dollars, generated awareness, and met personal goals to better the community. They demonstrated Action Tank’s core values of empathy, collaboration, and service beyond their organizational roles.

A huge congratulations to member, Nick Lierman, founder of Team Foster, who raised 83K during the Ruff Ride cycling event to support acquisition of service dogs for veterans in need at no cost to the veteran. Members Chris Diaz, Emily Balog, Randy Hsia , Linda Fontanilla, Mark Torres, Darrell Wisseman, and Jessica Wisniewski participated in the event on a veteran team organized by Jessica Wisniewski.

AT members and Pat Tillman Scholars, Emily Balog and Chris Diaz, ran the Tillman Honors Run in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation and legacy of NFL hero Pat Tillman.

Member Darrel Wisseman of Blue Hen Veterans & Friends, cycled with adaptive athletes in Face of America Gettysburg event, a 112-mile cycling ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg hosted by World TEAM and raised over $4,000 to support adaptive athletic events totaling over $700,000.

Member Carlo Aragoncillo ran with the Sergeant Major of the Army, Daniel Dailey, to honor a fallen soldier and brought color to a service organization.

Member Mark Torres finished the Naked Prussian 50 Mile Ultra in under 11 hrs crushing a personal milestone and demonstrating inner and outer strength, dedication, and perseverance.

Congratulations to a dedicated team of veterans who continue to serve the community!

Member presents at Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Conference

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Action Tank Policy Team Member, Doug Weiglet, had the opportunity to present to over 600 law enforcement, public service, medical professionals, at the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Conference hosted by the State Attorney's office. His team covered a number of topics that included bio-terrorist risks to humans and agriculture infrastructure, to ebola treatment centers and current operational capacity to survey, respond, and prepare for these events.
Doug is yet another demonstration of the diverse knowledge set that Action Tank members posess and the dissemination of that knowledge to the right groups.

Meeting with Policy Makers, Action Tank's Call to Action: Gun Violence

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Action Tank is at it again—Bringing theory to action in our community! Members took to Harrisburg and met with the PA House of Representative’s Armed Forces Caucus, including PA National Guardsman and State Representative Zach Mako for state action on gun violence while another Action Tank group met with Representative Chrissy Houlahan to discuss federal impacts on gun violence. Action Tank is utilizing their unique position as veterans to develop innovative solutions to ensure a safe America while also protecting our right to bear arms. Anyone interested in making an impact should email info@actiontank.us Pictured (top): Matt Miclette, Chris Diaz, Representative Zach Mako, Andres Galarza; Pictured (bottom): Randall Hsia, Nick Lierman, Representative Chrissy Houlahan, Emily Balog, Doug Wieglet

Member and Entrepreneur Wins Two Awards

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Member Chris Molaro won two prestegious awards promoting his company, NeuroFlow, an organization designed to promote behavioral health access and engagement. The awards honored his company mission to improve mental health access and treatment. The awards included the 2019 Venture Connect Pitch at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and the 2019 Hatch Pitch at SXSW. Congratulations, Chris! We're so lucky to have you on our team!

Action Tank Member Participates as Female Veteran Panelist in HERstory

Action Tank member, Jessica Wiesnewski, was a panelist for Drexel University’s HERstory on February 11, a program showcasing women veterans. Jess and the other panelists courageously told their stories and answered questions about the struggles and achievements of being a woman in the military. Jess also shared how the military mindset has allowed her to grow in her career. She is an exemplary leader and an asset to Action Tank. Way to go, Jess!

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Veterans take on hunger through community collaboration: Action Tank's 100 for Hunger

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Action tank members orchestrated an interactive meeting to tackle the food insecurity epidemic in Philadelphia. Members of the federal, state, and local government—including Pennsylvania’s very own Representatives, Evans and Houlahan—as well as non-profit organizations, corporate leaders, local university leaders, and individuals who have experienced food insecurity,participated in 100 for Hunger this Friday on behalf of Action Tank. Check out the coverage from KYW Newsradio here.

ACTION TANK, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIETZ & WATSON, TO HOST 100 FOR HUNGER: AN INTERACTIVE MEETING ON FOOD INSECURITY

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CONTACT: Emily Balog 856-287-1700 Emilyjo.balog@gmail.com

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ACTION TANK, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIETZ & WATSON, TO HOST 100 FOR HUNGER: AN INTERACTIVE MEETING ON FOOD INSECURITY

WHAT: The aim of this invitation-only meeting is to foster new relationships with an array of community leaders, scholars, and innovators through collaboration. The meeting includes break-out sessions to present evidence, determine funding, implementation, and sustainability strategies intended to curb food insecurity in Greater Philadelphia. Meeting attendees range from members of the federal, state, and local government, non-profit organizations, corporate leaders, local university leaders, and individuals who have experienced food insecurity.

WHERE: We Work: Northern Liberties 1010 N Hancock St Philadelphia, PA 19123 860-859-7322

WHEN: January 18, 2019 9:00 - 12:00 *Breakfast and Lunch Provided by Dietz & Watson

WHO: Action Tank is a team of veterans who are dedicated to serving the greater Philadelphia community. We tackle tough problems by harnessing the experience, skills, and relationships of service-minded citizens to improve the social conditions of the communities in which we live and work. Currently, we are focused on food insecurity in the greater Philadelphia area and have worked with several organizations that address different facets of food insecurity, including government programs, food access and cost, food and health, urban agriculture, and zero waste. We are honored to partner with Dietz and Watson to bring together a diverse collaboration of individuals, groups, and ideas – all focused on the task of raising awareness and developing solutions to the issue of food insecurity. https://www.actiontank.us/

Dietz & Watson is a fourth generation family company that has been able to grow with the support of communities and the individuals within these communities – starting with their hometown of Philadelphia. Dietz and Watson is always striving to find ways to give back to these communities. They do this in a variety of different ways, one being their philanthropic program, “Families Helping Families,” which is a nationwide effort to raise money and provide resources for community focused organizations. With their hometown of Philadelphia in mind, Dietz &Watson is thrilled to support Action Tank, and didn’t hesitate in teaming with Action Tank on this meeting. https://dietzandwatson.com/

Action Tank member publishes journal article

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Action Tank's Operation Director and member, Matt Miclette, published an article entitled "Closing the gaps in opioid use disorder research, policy and practice: conference proceedings" in the Journal of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. The article describes policy recommendations from stakeholders associated with the University of Pennsylvania aimed at closing the gaps in substance use policy and practice. The article can be found here