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Naperville Responds ‘Strength and Honor’ Luncheon returns April 19

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Join Naperville Responds For Veterans when they host their annual “Strength and Honor” Luncheon beginning at noon on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, to honor and give thanks to Veterans.

The Luncheon will be held at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, 6440 Double Eagle Dr. An 11AM arrival and check-in is scheduled with lunch served promptly at noon. This year’s featured speaker is 1SG (ret), US Army Matthew P. Eversmann.

Matt Eversmann

Matt Eversmann enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in December 1987, and was stationed at Fort Drum, NY, with the 10th Mountain Division. In 1992, he reenlisted and arrived at Fort Benning, GA, for his assignment in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He spent eight-and-a-half years in the Regiment, serving as a squad leader, a weapons squad leader, the battalion air operations sergeant, the battalion liaison sergeant, and a platoon sergeant. Matt was also the officer in charge of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Pre-Ranger Course that helped train future leaders to pass the grueling Army Ranger School.

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In August of 1993, Matt and his company deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, in support of Operation Gothic Serpent. His inspiring story of survival was immortalized in the epic film, Black Hawk Down, which recounts the harrowing experience. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Matt’s last military assignment was an Infantry Company First Sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division. He and his men spent 15 months in Iraq during “The Surge” fighting Al-Queada and implementing the counter insurgency strategy.

Matt retired in 2008 and is a Partner and Co-founder of Eversmann Advisory, a consulting firm in West Palm Beach. His specialty is preparing young leaders to join and succeed in the professional workforce. He in an Emmy award winning documentarian and has co-authored two New York Times best selling books with James Patterson. Their latest book “Walk My Beat With Me” hit the bookstores in February 2023. They are currently working on their fifth book.

The luncheon is free of charge for Veterans and one guest (spouse, family member, care-taker, or good friend). Veterans wishing to attend are asked to RSVP through the Naperville Responds website by April 10.

The cost is $60 for individuals, $500 per table of ten and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.NapervilleResponds.org.

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