Our Community Program builds peer support networks for our heroes and their families to uplift one another. New friendships and lasting memories are made through bonding experiences and resiliency-building events.
REUNITING THE BRAVE
We reunite service members so their bonds may be reignited and celebrated throughout their lives. Military units and their loved ones become one big family, forming a connection unlike any other. When these bonds evolve from the battlefield to civilian life, nourishing these relationships helps make peace with the past, build support for the present, and gain hope for the future.
The life experiences of service members, veterans, Gold Star Families, first responders, and their loved ones can only be deeply understood by one another. We bring these heroes together for resiliency-building events that provide an opportunity to share and bond. Our heroes may arrive feeling alone, but they walk away with a renewed sense of family.
When Robert visits the military, he brings a sense of home. He knows from serving in the Royal Navy that bases are a tight-knit community. Beyond having fun, Robert always makes time for important dialogues about what it means to serve, sharing his insights on food, nutrition, and fitness.
Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans serve in the military. We’re raising awareness about the ever-changing needs of those who protect our nation and their families by bringing local communities together for special events that inform and inspire.
We’re creating an outstanding team of veterans, military families, and caregivers to raise awareness about the Robert Irvine Foundation. These friends volunteer their time to help Robert spread his vision. As Foundation representatives, they provide program updates and share their stories at speaking engagements and events.
Meet Our Ambassadors
SFC (Ret) Michael Schlitz
Sergeant First Class Michael Schlitz served in the US Army for 14 years before medically retiring in March of 2010. Throughout his military career, he served in several positions from Rifleman to Platoon Sergeant and received numerous Awards and Decorations. A true reflection of his proud service to our country.
Michael Schlitz now finds it his mission to give back to the Veteran and First Responder Communities. Schlitz regularly travels the country for speaking engagements and events. Since the injury, he has returned to Iraq three times to mentor wounded and non-wounded veterans, supported the establishment of multiple new non-profit organizations and had the honor of speaking in front of Congress on issues facing Veterans today. Micheal Schlitz is a proud Robert Irvine Foundation Ambassador, he shares the vision, values, and passion to give back to the Military and First Responders who have given so much for our Great Nation.
Chris Kaag, USMC
Founder & CEO of the IM ABLE Foundation and Corps Fitness
You may hear Chris Kaag’s booming voice before you see him roll around the corner to greet you with a huge smile and an even bigger handshake. Like many influencers in the community, Chris Kaag wears numerous hats as the founder and CEO of the IM ABLE Foundation, founder of Corps Fitness, adaptive athlete, public speaker, and relentless advocate for the adaptive community.
In 2007, he launched the IM ABLE Foundation, with the mission to remove obstacles that prevent people with disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities, and motivation. His motto was simply, “Get Up and Move!”. He has developed programs like IM FIT, a free fitness class for all adaptive children and young adults to practice the fundamentals of exercise together in a supportive and motivational environment, Operation Lead From the Front, a mentorship program that matches adaptive athletes with veterans in a relationship fostered around physical fitness and fun, and Rally Point, geared around his passion for the trails, which joins the adaptive and able-bodied community on various level bike rides through the Berks county trails and beyond. The IM ABLE Foundation has also awarded hundreds of equipment grants to motivated and deserving individuals in the adaptive community.
He has been able to accomplish great things with the support of his resilient and ever-supportive wife and fellow trainer, Gretchen Kaag. Their rambunctious and lovable son, Carter, is a testament to the Kaag culture.
Chris Kaag is an inspiration to everyone, able-bodied and adaptive, that he encounters, and he encourages them to celebrate the abilities they have, rather than focus on those they don’t. Chris, his family, his team, and his community believe that an active lifestyle is achievable for all, regardless of their abilities. Chris is a Robert Irvine Foundation IBOT recipient and is honored to be a part of Robert’s Ambassadors.
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U.S. Army Captain Luis Avila
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Luis Avila Jr.
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ROBERT S. WILSON COMMUNITY RESPITE, A Signature Program of the Robert Irvine Foundation
The Robert Irvine Foundation is excited to partner with Easterseals DC MD VA to ensure the continuation of the Robert S. Wilson Community program. Together, we provide care for the needs of children with and without disabilities of wounded warriors, veterans, service members, first responders, and civilian families.
Thank you for reaching out to the Robert Irvine Foundation. We have recently experienced an increase in requests and appreciate your patience if there is a delay in response. Our team reviews every inquiry personally and we consider each request thoughtfully. We wish we could help every person and organization in need of support, but regrettably, we are unable to do so at this time. If it is an emergency, please reference our resource page and reach out to a 24/7 hotline that is able to assist you further. Thank you again for your understanding and we wish you the best of luck.
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