Second location of Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor announced

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“This scholarship means commitment.  It means sacrifice, service and above all, honor.  I am beyond grateful for not only the monetary reward of this scholarship but  the honor it bestows.  It opens so many more opportunities to serve and it gives me the confidence and encouragement to continue on this path I am taking.  Even though it is different than Danny’s, I still will serve with his same heart and bravery.“

Kate Russell, 2018 Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor recipient

The Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor has been awarded at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado since 2007. This year, the Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor will be awarded at a 2nd location at Austin High School in TX. Students of both high schools can apply online at: http://www.briansjourney.com/scholarships-of-honor/application.

In 1999, Danny graduated from Heritage High School and joined the Navy three months later. While in high school, he played football his senior year and was active in weight lifting and swimming. Danny had two weeks of service left in Afghanistan when he was killed on June 28, 2005. Danny was posthumously awarded one of our nation's highest honors for heroism, the Navy Cross. Danny's widow, Maria, said he was not only her friend and role model, but her hero. He is a true hero to so many.

The Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor is made possible by the Mader family and the family and friends of the Dietz Family.

Scholarship recipient now in Medical School

2013 Brian LaViolette Scholarship recipient, Luke Buttke updates us on his first semester of Medical School..

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“I was accepted to Saint Louis University for medical school and have just finished my first semester there! I feel like I fit in very well with the mission of the school which is to put humanism in medicine and focus on the patient and their needs. I’ve made a great group of friends that push each other to be as successful as we can and also take an edge off of the stress that comes with being in medical school.

So far I’ve completed statistics, cellular and molecular biology, anatomy, immunology, and am halfway through intro to pharmacology. They have all went really well and it’s been wonderful to begin my journey to becoming a physician. I am currently leaning towards pursuing a residency in emergency medicine, but am keeping my mind open until I go through all of my clinical rotations during my third year.

Thank you for everything you have done for me.”

 
Luke with his parents at his white coat ceremy

Luke with his parents at his white coat ceremy

 

Remember Me

I was told there was a tradition during World War II that when soldiers went off to war, some gave handkerchiefs to the special people in their lives with a poignant embroidered message...Remember Me.  

 
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We’re not sure if our dear friend, Reuben Schaetzel, ever gave one to someone he loved, but we do know he will be remembered. 

I met Reuben through our friend, John Maino at a Heritage Hill Veterans event in Green Bay that John was hosting.  Reuben was sharing his colorful stories with the audience, lifted right from the pages of John’s book, “Frontlines”.  They revolved around Reuben driving a M4 Sherman Tank under General George S. Patton’s Third Army and ending his service during World War II in a small town called Pilsen in the Czech Republic that his unit helped liberate.  

 
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Click!  That was the connection, if we really needed something to bring us together. For those of you who knew Reuben he was magnetic, for those of you who didn’t, it’s a shame because he brought so much joy to everyone he met. That included the 17,000 people that bought a car from him over his 60+ year career as an automobile salesman.  He felt the pinnacle of his storied career was selling General Patton’s grandson, Pat Waters, a new Chevy Equinox in 2017.  At 94 years old he was selling cars every day at Buss Chevrolet in Shawano.

 
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Thanks to Mark Leland and WLUK Fox 11, the documentary “Return to Pilsen, Sharing An American Story” aired back in 2013.  Because of that documentary, Kathy and Lee Anderson came into our lives and ultimately into Reuben’s.  

 
The Brian LaViolette Foundation spearheaded the making of the documentary which was premiered at an event on 11.12.13 featuring the Preble Choir.

The Brian LaViolette Foundation spearheaded the making of the documentary which was premiered at an event on 11.12.13 featuring the Preble Choir.

 

Because of the Anderson's kindness, Reuben went to Pilsen twice during their annual Liberation Festival and was honored and adored by hundreds of citizens of the Czech Republic.

 
Reuben with Lee and Kathy Anderson and Stanley Bartl during the Pilsen Liberation Festival

Reuben with Lee and Kathy Anderson and Stanley Bartl during the Pilsen Liberation Festival

 

It was on those Pilsen trips that Reuben became a very close friend of General Patton‘s grandson, Pat Waters. It was a friendship both men cherished.

Last week, God decided he needed a new best friend by his side and Reuben's last full day on earth was Christmas Day.  That seems fitting as well, an Angel being called home that night, the day after the most hallowed day on earth.

After Reuben’s first Pilsen trip he mentioned to his daughters, Gail and Lee Ann that if he died now he would die a happy man but for us it’s so sad to see him leave us. 

 
Tomas Hataj received the 2016 General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor in Pilsen. He was honored to meet Reuben during the reception.

Tomas Hataj received the 2016 General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor in Pilsen. He was honored to meet Reuben during the reception.

 

Rest in peace Reuben, you will be missed, but you will be celebrated and remembered forever by those you left behind.

Your friend, 

Doug LaViolette

Because of you, in 2018...

  • 57 students received a scholarship that inspired and financially supported them.

  • Those 57 students joined  781 others who have received scholarships before them for a total of 838 scholarships to date and counting.

  • 78% of the scholarships awarded through Brian's Foundation were presented in honor of someone other than Brian, allowing their spirit to live on. 

  • The total scholarship dollar awarded to date increased to $727,720.

You truly are investing in your community and our future leaders.  Thank you.

As a contributor to the Brian LaViolette Foundation, you become a major part of the life-changing inspiration to individuals throughout the world.  We promise you, that with your help, Brian's Foundation will continue to be a source of inspiration as we invest in leaders who continue to make this world a better place.

Please consider Brian's Foundation in your year-end contributions