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Today's episode features the lovely Ms. Bonnie-Jill Laflin. Bonnie-Jill is the first and only female scout in the NBA, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, model, actress, fashion line creator, but most importantly she is a bourgeoning philanthropist, Bonnie-Jill is a dedicated supporter of the troops and has traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries on 17 Goodwill and USO tours as the only female celebrity. She recently returned from her 7th Goodwill tour in Iraq and is currently featured on the cover of the 2011 “Battlefield Babes” Calendar” with proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project. She takes her 18th trip, to Afghanistan this August.
Bonnie-Jill is also heavily involved in animal welfare issues and has been featured in three international PETA campaigns as well as a PSA for the Humane Society encouraging compassion for all animals. Laflin has recently started her own non profit Hounds and Heroes benefiting the military and animal welfare. She also donates her time to Operation Baghdad Pups, ASPCA, Humane Society, Special Olympics, Best Buddies, Operation Gratitude, Wounded Warriors Project, GallantFew and visiting war veterans in VA hospitals.
The New American Veteran explores transition challenges for Special Operations veterans leaving active duty, identifies veterans that have become successful in their work and communities after serving, and organizations that provide innovative and effective treatment for conditions effecting veterans - PTSD, homelessness, unemployment, suicide..