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U.S. Tour of Duty offers veterans the opportunity to network with other public-spirited Americans and develop mutually beneficial relationships. We launch social enterprises with strategic allies, facilitate all types of creative expression and lift communities by applying a military mindset to civilian life. U.S. Tour of Duty is a project of Fulcrum Arts' fiscal sponsorship program. Fulcrum Arts, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, advances collaboration at the intersection of art and science.

American Revival


Good things inevitably happen when veterans and public-spirited nonveterans join forces. U.S. Tour of Duty fosters relationships between former service members and their fellow Americans by utilizing libraries as a nerve center and bastion of creativity. Whether it's to launch a business, learn a new skill, obtain essential services or attend a workshop, librarians stand ready to help veterans connect with kindred spirits who make a difference in each other's lives.  

U.S. Tour of Duty is the engine that drives a cultural awakening built on collaborations between game-changers who meet virtually and at libraries. We teach veterans and their cohorts how to host and produce a podcast. Diverse programming is pervaded by a commitment to promote social enterprises and community development projects in partnership with libraries.

Radio Silence Rooms


Radio Silence Rooms are perfect for Zoom meetings, podcasts, recording or practicing music, and escaping any type of noise. We can install soundproofing in existing rooms or build enclosed booths of any size. Various components can be added. Whether you're a consumer or producer, let us know what you need, and we'll come up with a cost-effective solution that fits your circumstances. Email us or call 213.375.4150. If you're a low-income veteran, click here to apply for a free Radio Silence Room.

Navy veteran Roy Finegan worked under a flight deck where aircraft constantly landed when he served as a diesel mechanic on the USS Independence from 1989 to 1993. The intense roar and clatter left him with permanent tinnitus and other debilitating effects. More recently, Roy has been plagued by loud disturbances where he lives. After he mentioned the problem in a Nextdoor.com post, U.S. Tour of Duty created a Radio Silence Room in his apartment with funding provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and noise reduction material donated by Soundproof Cow in partnership with WE RISE LA, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Arts Council for Long Beach, Compound LB and 10 other organizations and artists in the Harbor Region.

If you're a low-income veteran, click here to apply for a free Radio Silence Room.

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Programs


HomeFront Justice Center

Pro bono legal services for veterans and their families.

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HomeFront Wellness Project

Community gardens, affordable food and healthy living.

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MENTORING

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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Veterans Community Theater

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

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Staff


Jeff Norman

Project Director & Founder

Jeff Norman is a former TV actor-writer-producer and standup comedian. Nowadays he collaborates with veterans and compatriots 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.

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.

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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 required.

Recorded January 30, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded January 23, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded January 16, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded January 9, 2020 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded November 14, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded October 31, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

Recorded October 24, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.

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Staff


Jeff Norman

Project Director & Founder

Jeff Norman is a former TV actor-writer-producer and standup comedian. Nowadays he collaborates with veterans and compatriots 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.

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.