Capt. Sam Brown, retired, U.S. Army, will speak at the second annual “Salute: A Toast to Our Veterans” hosted by CDS Life Transitions and Warrior Salute Veteran Services from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at The Strathallan, 550 East Ave., Rochester.
Brown graduated from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and served as a platoon leader in Afghanistan. While responding as the backup to an ambushed patrol in September 2008, his vehicle drove over a bomb placed to disrupt any support to the engaged U.S. soldiers. Brown suffered third-degree burns on 30 percent of his body, mostly places his individual body armor did not cover, but 85 percent of his body was affected because doctors used skin from areas that were not burned.
As a soldier unable to continue service in combat, Brown was medically retired in 2011, and redirected his leadership to helping wounded soldiers and returning veterans. He became an advocate for wounded warriors through national TV news, radio appearances and print features as well as conference speeches. He spends time supporting various veteran-based nonprofits across the country, plays an active role in politics and mentors fellow veterans.
“This year has been a very important milestone for CDS Life Transitions as we celebrate 40 years in Greater Rochester,” said Sankar Sewnauth, president and CEO. “We opened Warrior Salute Veterans Services in 2010. It’s built around the unique needs of each service member. We offer individual mental health counseling; group therapy; support therapies, including music and art; case management services; transitional housing; and more. I met Capt. Sam Brown after his presentation in Virginia in May, and was truly inspired. I knew Rochester would love him. He is an inspiration for us all, and we could not think of a stronger ambassador for veterans to join us in our city this November.”
General admission featuring beer and wine tastings from local breweries and wineries, with food pairings, will start at 6:30 p.m. The formal presentation will start at 7:45 p.m. Limited tickets are available for $100. Proceeds will benefit Warrior Salute Veteran Services.
A 40-year-old classic Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, donated by Marina Auto Group, will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Winners do not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 by contacting Tom DeRoller at (585) 347-1205.
Visit for information.