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    Special Thanks to
    The William Penn Foundation
    Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors
    Cabela's
    American Legion Post #405
    Ben Franklin Global Forum Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation

  • Honoring the Fallen

    1Lt. Gerald N. Brennan

    Extortion 17

    Lt. Commander Patrick Jude Murphy

    Spc. 4 Craig Ray Schoenbaum

    A. Matthew Schuh , USMC

    Cpl. John Ways

    P.F.C.Thomas Moore Wilson, USMC WWII

    General Wallace K. Wittwer

     

  • Our Mission

    Mount America Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that serves Veterans, Active Duty and National Guard/Reserve Service Members, First Responders, their families, and the families of those who paid the ultimate price. Through our efforts and partnerships with other organizations, we develop and provide programs that help reconcile the physical and emotional effects of combat to foster hope, understanding, and success.

    Leveraging the values and discipline of military service, the Mount America Foundation develops young people as American citizens of character. Our programs and partnerships create challenges to develop teamwork and leadership skills creating experiences that teach respect, responsibility and good citizenship.

     

    Our Vision

    The Mount America foundation serves as the hub of a network of organizations helping Veterans, Servicemembers, First Responders, and their families build a better future for themselves and the Nation.

     

     

  • Prayer for a Soldier

  • James (Jim) Woolsey former head of the Central Intelligence Agency with William Wheatley & George Turak

    placing a bronze plaque at Mount America to honor the service and sacrifice of the CIA.

    Michelle & George Turak with Rob O'Neill at the Gala of Courage November 2019

    CWO5 Ron Carpenter and VietNam Veteran Charles (Hap) Hazard.

    Mount America 2020 Honoree Sam Elliott

    U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

    Mount America 2019 Honoree, Gold Star father Charlie Strange, receiving the flag signed by all veterans.

    Pictured with him are George Turak, Purple Heart recipient, Admiral Joseph Hare and Lt. Colonel Jon Peterson.

    The first ringing of the Sailor's Cross on Memorial Day 2019 at Mount America by Gold Star father, Charlie Strange and Patrick Mudge, a close friend of his son, Michael Strange.

    Unveiling of the Gold Star Mothers bronze plaque at Pocono Raceway

    Gold Star Mother Trudy Corma with George Turak.

    Commandant of the Army War College, MG Bill Rapp with George & Michelle Turak

    at the dedication of the Soldier's Crosses at the Memorial Garden, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

    Left to right Sergeant Major Army War College, George Turak, Michelle Turak, Peggy Vosseler William Vosseler,

    Robert Hanrahan, Jean Gaherity, Peg Marchi, MG Randall Marchi and Commandant of the Army War College, MG Bill Rapp.

    Presentation of a Sailor's Cross to the Commandant of Navy Special Warfare Group 10 by Frank & Dottie Giordano and George Turak

    Mount America 2018 Honoree Wounded Warriors of Pennsylvania

    Judith Young awarding George Turak the Gold Star Mothers' Distinguished Service Medal - 2018

    Presentation of a Soldier's Cross to the Gold Star Families in memory of those lost in the Beirut bombing to be placed at Quantico.

    Mount America 2017 Honoree Soldiers Strong

    Mount America 2016 Honoree Frank Giordano generously donates tickets to the military, veterans and first responders for the Philly Pops Christmas Concert.

    Left to right Admiral Garry White (Ret.), Frank Giordano, Purple Heart Veteran George Turak and MG Steve Hasham (Ret.).

    Mount America 2015 Honoree, Star McKinley, who founded Suiting Warriors in memory of her cousin Jimmy. She now provides professional attire to transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses on the path to a new career.

    Presentation of the Gold Star Mothers bronze plaque by Purple Heart VietNam veterans, Andrew Chernak and David A. Christian

    2014

    The Clemens family at the dedication of Mount America with David A Christian and the Turaks

     

    George Turak being filmed for his Soldier's Story for the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

    Medal of Honor recipient, Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum, Jr. with Michelle Turak.

    Charlie Zahm performing "Prayer for a Soldier".

    Mount America 2013 Honoree Captain David A. Christian (Retired), the most decorated veteran of the Vietnam War with friend, Kasia Gil.

    Mount America 2012 Honoree Emily Sosangelis.

  • Mount America History

     

    Gray Horse Farm was purchased by Vietnam Veteran George Turak and Michelle A Berkowitz (now Michelle Turak) in 1999.


    About 2009 Robert Daniels said to George, "You have been back from the war for 40 years. Do you think it’s time to put up a flag?” Soon, a flag pole forty feet in height, stood proudly atop the highest point on the property. George found a life size marble sculpture of a WW1 soldier who pulls guard duty below the flag. A friend, Purple Heart recipient and sculptor, Andrew Chernak, also a veteran of the Vietnam War, created bronze Soldiers Crosses depicting the boots, helmet and weapon of the fallen. Seven of these crosses stand at the top of the hill, each twenty-one feet apart.


    Every Memorial Day a ceremony is held. Three people stand at each cross. Each person in turn says a name and rings the helmet, which sounds like a bell. Twenty-one names will be spoken in remembrance of their sacrifice for their country. Every US war is represented except WWII as we have not found the right sculpture as of today.
     

    In 2014 the three Clemens brothers did a crayon on canvas artwork and called the hill Mount America. The following year a bronze plaque was made and the hill was officially named Mount America. Captain David A. Christian, one of the 50 most decorated Vietnam Veterans, did the Honor of blessing the hill at the dedication ceremony.

     

    In the last few years we’ve hosted several groups for activities on the property including soldiers from Walter Reed for fishing, Gold Star families to aid in their healing, and US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, our future leaders, for training.

     

    The Mount America Foundation was formed to carry on and expand our service to others who love our Country.

     

    After all, Love of Country Leads.

  • Michelle A. Turak

    President

    P.O. Box 521 Nottingham, PA 19362

    MTurak@mountamerica.org
    610-256-4025

     

    George J. Turak (PH/RVN)

    Advisory Council

    P.O. Box 521 Nottingham, PA 19362

    GTurak@mountamerica.org
    610-256-4025

     

    MAJ. Andre C. McCoy USA (Ret.)
    Secretary

    P.O. Box 521 Nottingham, PA 19362

    AMcCoy@mountamerica.org
    215-327-9196

     

    William S. Vosseler (PH/RVN)

    Treasurer

    P.O. Box 521 Nottingham, PA 19362

    610-558-2163

     

    LTC. Jon J. Peterson USA (Ret.)
    Advisory Council

    P.O. Box 521 Nottingham, PA 19362

    JPeterson@mountamerica.org
    908-489-6436

     

    Kristin Peterson
    Executive Director - Patriots of 1784

    P.O. Box 521 Nottingham, PA 19362

    JPeterson@mountamerica.org
    908-489-6436

     

    Joseph S. Myers, MBA

    Advisory Council

    307 Fellowship Rd, Suite 202

    Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

    JMyers@calton.com

    856-745-6671