HomeFront Rising

an American revival

Gore Vidal Tribute

We salute U.S. Army veteran and legendary author Gore Vidal. He would have been 95 on October 3.

Host Jeff Norman speaks with Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter and Gore Vidal's personal assistant, Fabian Bouthillette. Produced by HomeFront Rising in association with Long Beach Public Library.


We connect emerging artists with established professionals. Our theater and music workshops help veterans meet the challenges of everyday life. Our U.S. Tour of Duty applies the mindset and training of veterans to civilian life. The HomeFront Justice Center provides veterans and their families with free legal services. The Vortex Youth Project is a paid internship program that provides Los Angeles teens and young adults with multimedia training and life skills. HomeFront Rising is managed by Fulcrum Arts, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 

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HomeFront Justice Center

Pro bono legal services for veterans and their families.

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Vortex Youth Project

The Vortex Youth Project (VYP) is a 10-week intensive paid internship program that provides Los Angeles teens and young adults with multimedia training and life skills.

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Veterans pursuing a career in the entertainment/media field are introduced to accomplished professionals for mentoring and opportunities to collaborate on projects.

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We elevate communities by applying the mindset and training of veterans to civilian life.

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Veterans Community Theater

The Veterans Community Theater is on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jeff Norman

Project Director & Founder

Jeff Norman is a former TV actor-writer-producer and standup comedian. Nowadays he collaborates with veterans on community development, arts and media projects.

Melvin I. Johnson

Project Coordinator

Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson is a playwright, director and community organizer. He created a 10-week program that trains veterans in the theater arts and conflict resolution.

Donna Janosik, LMFT, LCPC

Mental Health Consultant

Donna focuses on homeless issues and music/art therapy. She is a former Adjunct Professor at North Park University in Chicago, where she taught Clinical Psychology.

Don Hammond

Director of Legal Services

Don Hammond specializes in DUI defense, criminal defense, administrative law, litigation, parole representation, writs of habeas corpus, business formation, criminal law and aviation law.

Todd Grove

Director of Special Events

Todd is a highly-experienced live event producer and facilities manager. He is the former Director of Operations for Live Nation's Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, and Production Manager for Holland America Lines.

Carmelo Alvarez

Project Coordinator

Carmelo Alvarez is a writer-director-actor-dancer and activist. He opens cultural spaces, trains youths and organizes community improvement projects for underserved poplulations.

Cebu Funk

Chief Strategy Officer

Keyboardist Cebu Funk has worked in project management and land use planning in the wireless telecommunication industry since 1999. He is in charge of business development for HomeFront Rising.

Roger Stebbins

Music Ambassador

U.S. Army veteran Roger Stebbins is a singer-songwriter-guitarist and founder of the Creative Sharing Meeting, a 12-step recovery music group in Huntington Beach, CA, now in its 25th year.


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Holy Smokes

A collaboration between Rock to Recovery and HomeFront Rising, Holy Smokes met weekly in Long Beach, CA from April 2018 to January 2020. It was all about camaraderie and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song was written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The uplifting sessions were free for all who attended, and no experience was necessary. This work-in-progress blog features recordings of each composition.

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Recorded October 31, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded October 24, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

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