Veterans. Community. The Works.
HomeFront Rising provides veterans with vital opportunities and services, and lifts entire communities by applying a military mindset to civilian life. We launch mutually beneficial social enterprises with artists, charities and businesses. Ideas and plans are hashed out in The Wine Diaries, a series of online chats that make dreams come true.
Criminal Defense Hero Don Hammond predicts the outcome of Springsteen's case, and demonstrates the breathalyzer test while imbibing.
Army veteran Roger Stebbins builds sound reduction rooms to give much-needed relief to those who are plagued by noise.
Pro bono legal services for veterans and their families.Learn More
Community gardens, affordable food and healthy living.Learn More
Veterans pursuing a career in the entertainment/media field are introduced to accomplished professionals for mentoring and opportunities to collaborate on projects.Learn More
The Veterans Community Theater is on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.Learn More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a writer-director-actor-dancer and activist. He opens cultural spaces, trains youths and organizes community improvement projects for underserved poplulations.
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.
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.