Showing posts with label Budweiser. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Budweiser. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Someone is waiting for you to come home

We all get it. A lot of veterans drink. Sometimes you drink too much. This is something to think about the next time that happens. Someone loves you and will be waiting for you to come home. Make sure you don't let your buddy down.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Budweiser “Welcome Home Our Heroes” Honors Vietnam Veterans

Budweiser Clydesdales perform for veterans in Orange
New Haven Register
By Keldy Ortiz
POSTED: 05/01/14

Scott Savary and Dennis Salzer soaked up sun, alcohol and, yes, the sights and sounds of horses Thursday afternoon as the Budweiser Clydesdales trotted out to help pay tribute to them and fellow veterans.

The two Vietnam veterans were among 20 honored as part of a “Welcome Home Our Heroes” campaign at Dichello Distributors.

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses’ ast appearance in Greater New Haven was eight years ago.

Savary and Salzer, both of Shelton, served in the Navy reserve together and look forward to spending time with one another. Savary initially invited a family member to attend, but that person had other obligations. So, instead of going alone, Savary invited eight of his friends.

“It was a privledge to come here,” said Savary, who served for 22 years.

Geoffrey Acampora, director of marketing for Dichello, which put on the event, said honoring veterans is something which needs to be done. With the help of Budweiser, Acampora said, donations are made to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which helps veterans and their families.
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This is the video I filmed of the parade in Winter Park for Lt. Charles Nadd with the Budweiser Clydesdales. The parade was used in a wonderful Super Bowl Commercial.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Budweiser Super Bowl solider ad nearly blocked by Army

Fort Drum soldier's Budweiser Super Bowl ad nearly blocked by Army: Report
By Geoff Herbert
March 24, 2014

"A Hero's Welcome" wasn't welcomed by everyone, according to a new report.

Emails obtained by Foreign Policy reveal Budweiser's popular Super Bowl commercial featuring a Fort Drum soldier was nearly blocked from airing. U.S. Army officers apparently considered a cease-and-desist order three days before the NFL championship game over concerns the 60-second ad violated military policies against active-duty members endorsing private companies or "glamorizing alcohol."

The spot showed Lt. Chuck Nadd, a helicopter pilot returning home from Afghanistan to a parade in his honor. He and his girlfriend ride a carriage pulled by Anheuser-Busch's famous Clydesdale horses, red-white-and-blue confetti fills the sky, and Nadd hugs his flag-waving mother in an emotional climax.

"Every soldier deserves a hero's welcome," the Super Bowl XLVIII spot's message said.
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Budweiser Parade for Soldier Slammed

Winter Park Welcomes Home Soldier in Style

I was there. Nadd didn't get handed a beer when he climbed onto the wagon. He didn't pop the tab when he went to the podium to say thank you to the huge crowd waiting over two hours for him to get there because weather delayed his flight from Fort Drum. No one in that crowd held Budweiser signs or cans of Bud.

If the Army squashed this day for the people of Winter Park to show their love and devotion to all the men and women serving that Nadd represented that day then it would have been pretty pathetic.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Soldier made famous in Super Bowl ad visits Fort McCoy

Soldier made famous in Super Bowl ad visits Fort McCoy
Ocala Star Banner
By Andy Fillmore
Published: Friday, February 21, 2014

FORT MCCOY — U.S. Army 1st Lt. Chuck Nadd visited the Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Retirement Village in Fort McCoy on Thursday.

Nadd, the pilot of a Blackhawk helicopter on at least 240 hours of missions in Afghanistan, gained notoriety during the Super Bowl when Budweiser aired its “A Hero’s Welcome” commercial featuring him and his fiancĂ©e Shannon Cantwell and most of residents of his hometown of Winter Park.

The commercial came out of a VFW program to honor one returning serviceman representing many. Cantwell, a native of Mobile, Ala., and a staff member with Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, entered Nadd’s name in the drawing.

After his name was drawn, the VFW became involved with the company that produced the 60-second commercial as well a 5-minute documentary that included VFW members sharing their homecoming experiences. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Al Lugo, director of the village, and members of the staff there, along with other local VFW personnel, were involved in the project.

For the two productions, Cantwell started a campaign to get Nadd’s friends and former classmates at Trinity Preparatory School of Winter Park assembled, along with his mother and hundreds of town residents.
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This is the video I shot from right in the middle of the huge crowd.

This is from Budweiser

Friday, February 21, 2014

Budweiser soldier gives to old school in more ways than one

Soldier presents former school with gift from combat
Lt. Chuck Nadd featured in Budweiser commercial
Feb 21, 2014

WINTER PARK, Fla. —A hometown hero was honored in Winter Park on Friday.

Lt. Chuck Nadd can usually be found flying Blackhawk helicopters.

However, he was at his alma mater Trinity Prep to present a gift to everyone at the school.

Before he handed over that gift, Nadd shared some words of wisdom with 850 students.

"There are so man who have given so much more than me," said Nadd. "Folks who have gone over there and done multiple tours and those who have not come back. They're real heroes."

The Defense Department chose the 25-year-old as its representative for soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
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This is the full video of the parade.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Budweiser Parade for Soldier Slammed

Missing the point of the Budweiser Super Bowl Ad
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
February 5, 2014

There are some really crazy things being written all over the country, but this one tops the list. An ex-"deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy" decided to slam the fantastic Super Bowl Budweiser commercial of a soldier back from Afghanistan. Why? Because it was done by Budweiser. I had to leave this comment.
I was there when was being filmed. As a matter of fact I have a 6 minute video of this parade that lasted a lot longer. No one picked up a bottle/ can of Bud in case you didn't notice. No one said anything about drinking. Nadd didn't get off the escalator with a Bud in his hand. He didn't get into the car with one or hit the liquor store before the parade. They didn't hand out beer when the huge crowd gathered. The same crowd that waited over 2 hours for him to arrive from Fort Drum because weather delayed his flight. It wasn't an ad for Bud but was an ad by Bud for a soldier picked to represent what all soldiers and veterans deserve from us.
Here is the video I shot from the crowd. Do you see anyone holding beer cans? Do you see anyone holding up signs that say Budweiser at all? No it was all about them. The spent even more time with veterans but hey, much easier to just ignore all of that then it is to appreciate what this event represented.

Is this Bud for the Army?
Star Telegram
Philip Carter
Feb. 04, 2014

I like beer, and I’d wager that most veterans like beer too.

Budweiser placed a similar bet Sunday night during the Super Bowl with its ad “A Hero’s Welcome,” which showed a Norman Rockwell-esque homecoming for Army 1st Lt. Chuck Nadd in his hometown of Winter Park, Fla.

The ad tugs my heartstrings. Nonetheless, it should have never been aired.

The ad ignores the complicated relationship that veterans have with alcohol, obscuring how much harm booze does to veterans when they come home.

The military’s Joint Ethics Regulation section 3-209 states that “Endorsement of a non-Federal entity, event, product, service, or enterprise may be neither stated nor implied by DoD or DoD employees in their official capacities and titles, positions, or organization names may not be used to suggest official endorsement or preferential treatment of any non-Federal entity except (the services’ official relief societies).”

Under this regulation, the Army cannot legally endorse Budweiser, nor allow its active-duty personnel to participate in their ads (let alone wear their uniforms), any more than the Army can endorse Gatorade or Nike.
An Army spokesman said the ad had been vetted, and Army officials concluded that Ladd’s appearance in uniform while on duty did not constitute “official support to or otherwise partner[ing] with” Budweiser or the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the spot’s production.

Phillip Carter is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He served in 2009 as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy.

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This video by Budweiser has interviews with veterans and how this event made them feel. It wasn't on TV so it must have been easy for Carter to ignore. After all, why bother to look into what was behind this commercial when he must have formed his opinion ahead of time? This video has been seen 826,598 times as of right now.

This is a longer version of the commercial seen during the Super Bowl.
By the way, this one has been seen 8,464,761 times as of right now.

If nothing else, millions of people thought about the men and women risking their lives to retain our freedom. They don't get to decide who they will fight. All they get to decide is if the soldier next to them is worth dying for while the other 99% of the population get to ignore them.

This is where I live. These are my friends. These are the people I spend most of my time with covering over 200 of their events. They are only 7% of the population. I know what they say when news crews show up, shoot some video hoping someone will see what they do all the time. They go home, turn on the TV and flip back and forth for all the news stations that bothered to send someone out. Then their hearts sink when a 2 hour event is reduced to a couple of seconds if they are lucky because most of the time, the video is never seen.

Budweiser has our gratitude for doing something like this for one soldier representing all who serve and for the veterans they took the time to interview for a video they didn't show on TV.