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1% commission bait and switch in real estate, skunks and racism.

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This episode aired live July 15, 2019. Guests included: Patrick Mercer, Jennifer Koch, Ryan Alvey, Jonathan Cohen-Kurzrock. Topics ran the full gamut from a big chunk on Real Estate and commissions to healthcare, social media, The Golden Rule, racism and back to Real Estate. For context and more laughs, you'll need to listen to the full show here. Some of the quotable moments from today's episode include these:

But no, it was a 20-pound looking skunk. That thing was massive. It must've sprayed all over all three of them. But my girl's like, "No, no, you little b*tch. You're not allowed in my backyard, you're out of here." So she killed the skunk and then this morning I was like, "Ooh, the skunky."

Jennifer Koch -  I feel like Vanna White right now the way you're saying this.
Bryan Garrity - I feel like I was Vanna getting you my darling.

"There are some that are not so fun that are in real estate and they will not be on this show. No, they will not be on this show."

On real estate agent commissions and the supposed "1% commission" bait and switch:

Once you realize your self-worth, you'll stop giving a discount. 

It needs to be more than, "Oh I just want to get the listing," but what else are you offering against those other agents? Especially if we are talking the same price commission.

It's always scary when they say, "My friend just got their license a week ago." So the nice part of me, the nice part of me is like, "We'll help your friend." The realistic part of me is like, "Run the other direction and tell them to call me in a couple of years when you get some experience. Do you want to be the guinea pig for that person?

On racism

We live in a crazy society now with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where I think that this hatred, if you will, or negative talk has always been around, I just think that it wasn't able to get out there because people said it kind of behind closed doors. 

I would say in the last few years though I feel like it's heightened. I think that comes from the top, you know, Cheeto head definitely I think has a big effect on that part. Where just when you see the allowance at the highest level in the US, being able to say certain things, being able to treat people certain ways, and for a lot of cultures dog whistles that other people might not hear, but definitely dog whistles depending on who you are. The people who have those racist tendencies in everything, that's how they feel like they're allowed to come out. A dog whistle is when basically someone says something and only the people who have that belief and the people who it's against are able to hear it. So what happens is a lot of people might not realize it, like there might be 50% of people who don't realize that someone just said something racist. Except for the group that's being hit upon and the people that that person is trying to incite the racism in.

I'll tell you what's happened the last couple of years, we found out that what goes behind those closed doors is not quite all rainbows and sunshine like people thought. It's too bad.

Let's just get back to a community of respect for one another, of love for one another. People make fun of me and say, "Oh yeah, love, love, love." Yeah, yes, love all day. Why not? You want it to be hate, hate, hate? That doesn't make a sh*it of sense to me, that actually pisses me off.

That's my favorite thing to do when I get home at night though. Sit my ass on the couch, and get a Mexican Coke, and play with my puppies, and watch The View.

Well, I feel like mental health is like the healthcare system and the way it's set up, they overlook that a lot and helping people with mental illness. I have a lot of family and friends that I've seen go through that and a lot of times it seems like they're just throwing pills at them. Let's experiment with this, let's try this, let's up that, let's take that down, let's throw that in, and it doesn't really help the problem. I think they just try to brush it under the rug and forget about it. Like, "Here take some of these and have fun."

On minding your own flippin' business:

Patrick Mercer: "It's obviously difficult for people to stay in their lane..."

Bryan Garrity - "I like that. Stay in your lane, stay in your lane."

Special guest: Heather Shotke from The gramMarch Challenge is back!

This week we welcome back Heather Shotke from The gramMarch Challenge. For those who aren't familiar with Heather, she is a middle school teacher that started this initiative a few years ago to help make her students more aware of the words we use in writing for proper communication. The initiative started out just with her students and now has expanded to a campaign that has been adopted by many throughout the nation. 

Immigration Myths Busted and Group Rant

In the studio with Bryan today: Angie, Drew, Luis Lopez from the Law Office of Kevin Tracy. He's a Paralegal and Interpreter.

Luis told us that with regards to gay marriages, they have had 20 cases so far come in with Visas, met their partner here and took advantage of new law.

How scary for some coming from Guatemala , Honduras that are very against gays. Their risk is bigger. If they get caught and deported, some countries will actually kill you for being gay.They can ask for asylum out of fear due to their living situation.

The studio is on the Pope Francis bandwagon. WE LOVE HIM.The new Pope - his view of tolerance of love of all.
We are all about welcoming people into the church. so says the Archbishop of NY. Progressive action is happening.

Our team doesn't believe in the "lock the borders" point of view. What do you think their reason is for coming here?
Do you not get a lot of it is about FEAR. If you had kids in a country with violence all around you and there was chance to escape to safety - wouldn't YOU take that for your kids?

Yes, you need to do it right - meet with a team like Luis and those at the Law Office of Kevin Tracy. Have a sit down/free consult. They usually have interpreters, they have a attorney/client confidentiality agreement to protect you. They won't notify immigration. Spell out your situation and Luis and his team will be honest and help you on your path. They'll also be honest and tell you if you have some things to clear up first.

Call Luis at 858-805-6786. They serve ALL of San Diego county and outlying areas.

If you mention Big Daddy Radio, they'll set up a free consultation for you. They are looking out for the best interest of the client. They don't want you hurt or your families. They want to help you do it right and start your better life.

If someone is here, and they marry someone from Holland, do they get automatic citizenship. This is a common myth.
Married to US citizen - they can go ahead and start the immigration process. BUT have to check their history, how many times in and out of the country, are there problems with their visa, or will they have to do processing where they fill out the paperwork here but have to go back to their country of origin to complete it.

People are confused with that belief like the movie Green Card.
It's not automatic. Look at the Governor of Oregon's girlfriend. She married someone when she was 18 just to get him a greencard - she was paid for this, too. There is no free pass. You need to know the laws. There are several types of visas.

If you have a legal document, you marry here to a US citizen, that's the perfect scenario.It takes about 6 months.
Say you met on vacation - longer process - 1-2 years. Depends where you met, background checks and the rest. Luis loves these stories and loves helping.

Bryan reminds us: This country was built on welcoming people.


< h3>30:00 GROUP RANT: Violence against women.

WHY do you men think this is any type of OK? You weak, puny minded, insecure person. Picking on someone who can defend themselves? It's about bullying and power. You weak, pathetic human if you do this. NOTHING warrants violence against another human being. You cannot justify it hiding behind religion and local, archaic laws and your neighborhood social norms. How would you feel if someone beat your grandma? Your daughter? So your wife or girlfriend is the same? And if you think this is OK in any way, you are a sick, sick human!

Women/victims - Past behavior like this will NOT get better. Same with cheaters - why are you shocked if they do the same to you? Why would you tempt the odds? Have more self-respect. You can't fix these sick people no matter how good you are in bed, no matter how much money you lend them - they are sick manipulating abusers. RUN! If your friend or relative is considering this type of physically or mentally abusive partner - HELP THEM RUN!

OK, here's the other side, you've tried to help that person over and over and over. They are also sick if they are drawn to this type of person. As the caring friend, how do you forgive a person who is stupid or gullible or that keep going back?
Wow! There's a question.

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But, let's talk about cattiness and those who delivered unsolicited advice on a regular basis - HEY! How insensitive and who are you to think we have been sitting around waiting for your cruel, unthinking, insensitive opinion.

Sometimes you just have to say, "PEESE SHUT MOUF, WOOMUN!"

What is your motivation for that comment? Is it to look better, feel better about you or, because you REALLY care?

No excuses, Binky Patrol makes is SO easy to volunteer for kids.

Angie, Drew and our guest - ME! Susan Finch was on the show. Susan Finch Solutions

Art is so important to kids. So many schools have lost their budgets so kids no longer have the opportunity to learn about artists or history through art, express their creativity through thinking outside the box - creative solutions.
Susan Finch needs your help to secure a grant from Chase to put together 12 art lessons about a specific artist, project.

The lessons will include virtual field trips, interviews with artists, cooking shows where they fit and a bit history wrapped inside of an art project they can make with easy-to-find materials from any craft or hardware store - or even the recycle bin.  The grant will cover the film and production costs to get these online and available to children around the world, even with limited internet access.

The other part of the grant is for Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids. This is a 501c3 all volunteer organization started in 1996. The mission is to make and give blankets to children and teens in need of comfort. The grant money will support the chapters as they try to get more volunteers to make more blankets to give to more children who feel they are invisible, forgotten, are ill, abused or homeless!


http://bit.ly/artlituschase is where you vote. Have to be logged in with Facebook. After you vote, you can delete the grant access.

Angie and Bryan talked about Ember Deflectors and how important devices like this are, especially in light of all of the fires happening in California and around the country with the drought conditions.


Bryan talked about volunteering and donating. Sometimes people don't donate anything because they feel they can't donate enough to make a difference. Think about this. $3 is enough to make a blanket to comfort a child or teen in need. That blanket will not only comfort the child, but allow a volunteer to make a difference and for that child's family to see that someone cares about their child, as well. $3 - TRULY, it's easy to make a difference. Don't overthink it.

Binky Patrol allows you to volunteer on your time schedule, when it fits, from your home. It doesn't have to be hard. CHOOSE to make a difference. That's what sparked her to start this organization in 1996. 

ANYONE can make a blanket. If it's soft, from the heart and washable, it's perfect.

She said YES to Oprah when they wanted to mention Binky Patrol on her show about children with AIDS on AIDS Awareness Day. They went national the day the show aired as over 800 phone calls came in the first two days. They couldn't keep up with the voicemail.

And what about Orpah? Do we think she's happy with her network? Seems like perhaps she was forced into doing SOMETHING else big. We think she may have other interests she wants to pursue, perhaps quieter interests. Hats off to her.

October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
How about the other cancers? It's important to fight them all. 
LUNG cancer is the number one cancer killer by a long shot. Lungs aren't as pretty as breasts, so perhaps we don't hear from them as much. Perhaps because people think about lung cancer as self-inflicted due to smoking. More judgement.

ANGIE:
What about all of the labels. Surely the villagers in Cro Magnon times relied on the alertness of the ADD people to keep them safe while the OCD people were counting beans!

SUSAN:
I'm not weak because of my (name the acronym disorder), I'm AWESOME because of it!
Spin it how you want, find the positive in exactly the lot you were dealt.

BRYAN:
We treat our animals with more dignity than our loved ones - referring to humans. WHY is that?

ANGIE:
If you have an issue with the drought and the ice-bucket challenges.. do it over grass!

SUSAN:
On the ice-bucket challenges and wasting water:
Do it in a tub, get naked and then get clean! Such a non-issue.


BRYAN:
If a charity is to run properly and grow and gain large sponsors, you have to decide to pay an executive staff. All volunteer organizations are limited to grow based on the hours their volunteers can give to run it. 

Bryan talked about an important email he received from a listener who moved here from Arkansas and is in the military. He had misconceptions typical of many folks about gay people. 

"I was surprised there was a homosexual on ESPN. I hadn't ever been around gay people until I moved to San Diego." He had viewed them as second class citizens. He was pleasantly surprised to learn that they are just people, professionals, intelligent and has shed his stereotypes. "Now your show is my favorite show on ESPN!" His wife listens at the office, he listens in North Island.

Bryan admits it was a big deal to call Wes his husband. Has to do with the time and place we were raised. Spouse he was used to. How's that for honesty?

Susan's known Bryan for over 35 years, and has known Wes for years, it still throws her to talk about Bryan's marital status. OLD SCHOOL and hard-wired.
They've been married since 2008.  Bryan says he's150% committed, but at the end of the day, it is his spouse - he still uses the term partner but is working on it. Silly man. He's even aghast when he hears Wes say, "My husband is on the phone..." "WHAT ARE YOU SAYING!" Too funny. 

Susan & Bryan cheer the Pope. Kind of an accepting guy - he rocks the house!

ANGIE told us about a BIG DEAL EVENT:
San Diego Rescue Mission Sleepless America San Diego to support the homeless in San Diego. Over 8500 homeless on the streets of San Diego.
Check it out and participate!
If you miss this weekend, you can help ANY DAY. There are always homeless people in need. Vets, families, children - open your heart - don't make it too hard - just do SOMETHING to help them. Even the Kardashians are trying to set an example.

In the Pacific Northwest - over 135,000 children and teens are served by Northwest Children's Outreach.



Give a little bit through 6 Degrees and Buy some GREAT Investor books.

What was the genesis of 6°?
"Accidental business - more me transitioning careers from sports marketing to financial planning.
Not finding much value with the networking groups I was trying."
He has always connected people via email and has gained a great reputation putting people together who mutually benefit and match values. The byproduct, he admits selfishly, was to get more clients for his financial planning business. The group evolved naturally and took on a life of its own.
  • Founded 2007 with their first event.
  • Started with monthly mixers.
  • 600 local paying members.
  • 60,000 attendees to their events:
  • Events include: mixers, panels, CEO round tables, breakfasts. A lot of different options - not just mixers, but educational.

People are flawed in their thought process if you ONLY use online networking. It's a component, a conduit.

Like-minded professionals: Be out there - network of others to connect with and know a face to a name.

The intent is to make 6° a national organization with chapters.
Check out MeetingMatch.com - launched in beta to allow greater intelligence for meeting registration.

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6° 7th Anniversary Celebration info:
SILO in Makers Quarter 
753 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (US).

  • Casino night games from Black Tie Casino Events
  • Dueling pianos from Funky Monkey
  • All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego
  • 6° has already granted 5 wishes to local wish kids.
  • There have been over 200 wishes granted in San Diego last year!
  • This is their big celebration each year - big event - business community in San Diego. If you miss this year, you can contact them to be a sponsor for next year!
  • 600 registered already, 12 restaurants are involved in providing food,
  • There are over 20 corprorate sponsors.

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"Networking is about farming: It's about building relationships and planting seeds."

If you take a tip from BNI or similar and you meet people who only want to network once in a while, it's like a one-night-stand. They're there to get what they can during that one time. Not really building a relationship.  It's similar to dating.
It's not about YOU - how are you able to benefit their lives?
LINKS FOR 6° and Matt Greene:
6° Anniversary party - if you miss it this year - you can help sponsor NEXT YEAR.
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There is plenty of business for everyone - need to find alternatives when one person isn't a fit for Bryan - who can he confidently recommend as an alternative? That's why he connects with someone like Michael Wolf.

Time for author and Realtor, Michael Wolf.
He wrote his first book in 2010. Bryan asked what motivated him to do it, he told us, "There was nothing out that was current or not demeaning, '... for dummies...' The investor book is more for the individual who has invested in real estate.
it's for someone who wants investment real estate and doesn't know where to start.
It identifies what kind of investor you want to be: strip mall or condo?
And it gives you guidance regarding buy and hold, vs. buy and flip, this book covers these options and explanations."
If you don't own your primary residence, buy his first book. The first book gives a person a sense - the mom and pop type of investor - of understanding. His guide gives you the steps from the beginning - again, respectfully, but easy to understand.
The most important part of this book, "What kind investor you are. This is the only way to get to the core strategy that would be best for you."

LINKS FOR MICHAEL WOLF:

Realty, Reality and Archie Andrews

WOW! Turn Bryan and Drew loose on a show when a guest has to cancel and it is a full show. You'd think they had a full panel. It was quite a show full of  topics.


The real person you want to list your house is ME!
We don't want to spend the whole show talking about real estate - you've heard business shows today before this came on. If you need to buy, want to buy, want to see, need to sell or don't know - call me, make an appointment. Let's make a plan

OK, let's get back to the lifestyle portion of this site.

If you are in distress, don't be - pick up the phone.
Call about anything regarding real estate. Doesn't matter what part of the county it is in. We treat each house as it's own unique business proposition.

All about handing volume consistently, but knowing when to say when.
That's why we have our preferred vendor, Wes Shaw of RPM Mortgage.
You always want to be planning.
BREAK IT DOWN for the folks - make it NOT boring.

Sales are primarily back to traditional, but there is the reset for those loans - those balloon payments - we are going back to short sales coming back on the market. Stuff happens - jobs lost, jobs changed - you need help - call us!

Archie was shot and killed? We'll cover that after the break.

Some talk about Real Housewives and our friend, .....Tamra
DUH! Do you not know this is not 100% reality? Really? Folks - it would be boring or a hot mess if it was all REAL. Gotta edit, stir it up... come on.
There is talk of reunion filming as the show ends...

If you missed Ladies of London -try to catch it on Hulu.
We are THE reality show junkies.
The culture differences between the American women and Brits - THAT's interesting.

Don't judge us on this. Bryan has his law degree, is very educated - he just loves these for entertainment. Drew's on board with this too. Hey - we know these shows are ENTERTAINMENT - we know they are not our friends or real people - they are characters coached.

Shout out to Marisol Patton.

OK, back from break..

Going to Tahiti. UNPLUGGED is the KEY! Soak in the surroundings, take pause.
Mykonos was another favorite. Stay at the Mykonos Grand - save up - do it right!

Heather Shotke from GramMarch will be back on. We will be supporting her upcoming events. 
Time to get back to complete sentences in schoolwork, business correspondence and more.

What about Archie? He's been around since 1939 - why did they kiill him off? Is this a political statement.

He was killed because he was defending his own openly gay friend, who is a senator on the topic of gun control. That brings us to Gay Pride. San Diego Pride week.
LGBTG - gotta get them all in there... It's more than the extreme folks in their underwear they like to show on the news. Gays own businesses, have families, get married, support charities, hire people..

THOR is going to be a WOMAN! What a courageous move for Marvel! Should be interesting.

Oscar Coverage and Mia from Wounded Warrior Homes

This show featured Angela Moskovis, Wesley Shaw of RPM, Adam on the board.
Special guest Mia Roseberry from Wounded Warrior Homes

We covered the Oscar's and John Travolta's pronunciation debacle.
Can I just say, WE LOVE PINK! She's tremendous - not only does she do her own acrobatics, but can sing  with such resonance at the same time. She's powerful and under-appreciated! And, how many of you cry or mist up when you hear "Wind Beneath my Wings" by Bette Midler? Perfect timing on that.

Wes' Recap on Loans, Interest and the Market:
improving interest rates with Ukraine crisis. It's a great time to obtain a mortgage. At about 4.5 percent you are borrowing money at a good price.Don't wait - sellers are serious, as are buyers. Bryan disagrees when people say 
to wait until summer - no reason to delay. There are buyers waiting for you. Do it while the rates are at 4.5 percent. Let's not wait.

Mia Roseberry, co-founder of Wounded Warrior Homes in San Diego
Their mission is to provide transitional housing to single post-911 combat veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Many veterans are discharged from military, but what you don't know is that they are discharged due to injury, it can take up to two years to receive their benefits when they get out. In the meantime, they have no income, and due to the injury they cannot work. Has greatly increased the homeless population. There are over 48,000 Iraq and Iran veterans who are homeless from USA Today report. This is sickening. No one seems to realize that it truly takes time for everything to come through. They have no money, some don't have family or support system. They go home to Midwest - cannot get to VA support - no doctors in their plan, no facilities. Takes hours to get there - cannot afford the gas, cannot find someone with that kind of time to get them there.

San Diego County has such an amazing wealth of resources. They get support from the Balboa and La Jolla VA facilities and many other offices in the county. Bryan found out about Wounded Warrior Homes from his friends Brian and Patrick at REIG Asset Management. They are a HUGE sponsor for Wounded Warrior Homes. People don't realize how the system works and how long it takes to get the flow of benefits, especially when you are not near veteran support systems.

Compare this to the $500K willing to pay for dinner with Kim Kardashian. 

Disgusting when you think HOW many veterans that same money could help. 

Society can be so shallow and the media even worse to talk about that over the needs of those who have served this country. We need to retrain our media to cover what is and should be important.

REIG has hired one of the clients from WWH as an intern to give him training in the field he's interested in. Any company can make a difference through intern programs, part time help, mentoring, donating time and money.

Mia let us know that the residents, short or long term must be drug and alcohol free. Short term is an option. Some have been with them for only four months and then "graduate." She told us, "We have a great guy that is now a spokesperson for us - he's back on his feet, creating companies and serving as a mentor."

Angie recognized, "There needs to be a fine balance between caring and allowing them to launch themselves back to independence." Through Wounded Warior Homes, they connect the residents with attorneys, appointments - they ensure recreational activities, religious opportunities - anything to get them back to "normal" or their "new normal."

WoundedWarriorHomes.org - to learn more

Upcoming Events: 

Come see us at the Carlsbad Street Faire
Sunday, May 4th, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Carlsbad Village (Grand Ave. from Carlsbad Blvd. to Jefferson St.)
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Second Annual Hot Rods 4 Heroes in Association with the San Diego County Parks & Recreation Department

as part of the Grand Opening of the San Diego Waterfront Park & Promenade1537 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Across from the San Diego Maritime Museum

Come Join Us for a Great Day On The Bay! 
100% goes to WoundedWarriorHomes.org

 

4th Annual Warrior’s Code Poker Ride

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

5th Annual Biggs Harley-Davidson of Southern California

1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069
live music, food, raffles at all events.

JUST ADDED EVENT - DETAILS TO COME:
Wyoming's own Bobby Chitwood concert - 2nd year helping them. He is the Wounded Warrior Homes' Celebrity spokesperson
June 29. Tickets on sale this month.
Further opportunities:

Help build a home program. 
House donated by Team Capital 100% solar house. Trucked from DC to Irvine.
This home is IN STORAGE, ADA compliant and needs to get to the property!
Next phase of permit process, trucking to set on property - more home space. 

$80,000 to finish this project! 
You can specify your donation to go to that project, corporate sponsorship available.
Pacific Marine Credit Union recently raised $8000 in 30 days from their branches. It doesn't have to be hard, you just have to decide to help!

We ended the show talking about our no bullying stand and the Wisconsin news anchor story about a guy who badgered a newscaster for being overweight on the air. There was some... backlash to say the least.

October 2: Amy Scruggs & Band Performs – Wounded Warriors are her passion!

Amy was BACK in the studio with us. It’s the first time Bryan has liked Country – propbably becuase she’s a bit of a crossover, so darn beautiful inside and out and a lot of fun to spend time with — OH and she’s SO talented!

Amy played today in studio with her band as the prepare for a benefit concert.

Listen to today’s show

A bit about Amy:

Raised in San Dimas California, Amy has been singing since the age of three.  Mother of 4, she finally lived out her dream that has always been rooted in country music. While in Nashville, Amy caught the attention of many industry professionals for her powerful vocals and passion for supporting our troops. Amy was featured in the July 09 issue of Country Weekly Magazine as well as the Sept 09 cover story for Nashville Music Guide.  Her contagious spirit and her passion resonate to all who hear her. She has overcome tremendous circumstances and obstacles and now uses that to bring hope and encouragement through her music. Amy’s Patriotism shines through in her known traditional version of the National Anthem.  In 2011 Amy was chosen to perform the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Amy performed at Dodger Stadium at the request of the United States Army, Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion.

Since 2008, Amy has opened for many country music greats including; Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Little Texas, Hal Katchum, Phil Vassar, Josh Gracin and others.  Amy’s single “Coming Home” written by Dave Adams and produced by Paul McKenna is a celebration song for our heroes. Amy was officially endorsed by the American Veterans (AMVETS) Service Foundation for California from 2009 through 2011. At the beginning of 2010 Amy decided to set aside touring and dedicate her musical talents completely to the Veterans and Troops for all her performances.  Amy’s oldest son, Ryan Scruggs, stepped into lead guitar in 2011 and shared the stage and dream with her by performing alongside her.  Ryan is also credited with writing much of their new music. After years of life changing work behind her, Amy took a break from touring full time and she reentered the business world.  Amy now resides in San Diego, CA and performs upon request at events honoring our veterans and heroes, while continuing to appear for speaking engagements. She continues outreach to the veteran community and women’s and children’s organizations while enjoying her position as Business Development Manager for New American Funding of San Diego. Amy continues to use her life experiences as humorous stories to help encourage people to have a healthy, positive perspective for daily life and its many challenges.

September 25: Amy Scruggs & her Band Performing for Wounded Warriors



Do you know Amy Scruggs? WHAT?! She's a country music star with a fantastic band and a huge heart for Wounded Warriors. What a coincidence, THAT's on of OUR FAVORITE CAUSES!

Amy played today in studio with her band as the prepare for a benefit concert. She's more than a talented country music  artist, she has the most beautiful heart, almost as beautiful as she is outside!

A bit about Amy:

Raised in San Dimas California, Amy has been singing since the age of
three.  Mother of 4, she finally lived out her dream that has always been rooted
in country music. While in Nashville, Amy caught the attention of many industry
professionals for her powerful vocals and passion for supporting our troops.
Amy was featured in the July 09 issue of Country Weekly Magazine as well as
the Sept 09 cover story for Nashville Music Guide.  Her contagious spirit and her
passion resonate to all who hear her. She has overcome tremendous
circumstances and obstacles and now uses that to bring hope and
encouragement through her music. Amy’s Patriotism shines through in her known
traditional version of the National Anthem.  In 2011 Amy was chosen to perform
the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Amy
performed at Dodger Stadium at the request of the United States Army, Los
Angeles Recruiting Battalion.

Since 2008, Amy has opened for many country music greats including;
Trace Adkins, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Little Texas, Hal Katchum, Phil
Vassar, Josh Gracin and others.  Amy's single “Coming Home” written by Dave
Adams and produced by Paul McKenna is a celebration song for our heroes.
Amy was officially endorsed by the American Veterans (AMVETS) service
foundation for California from 2009 through 2011. At the beginning of 2010 Amy
decided to set aside touring and dedicate her musical talents completely to the
Veterans and Troops for all her performances.  Amy’s oldest son, Ryan Scruggs,
stepped into lead guitar in 2011 and shared the stage and dream with her by
performing alongside her.   Ryan is also credited with writing much of their new
music. After years of life changing work behind her, Amy took a break from
touring full time and she reentered the business world.  Amy now resides in San
Diego, CA and performs upon request at events honoring our veterans and
heroes, while continuing to appear for speaking engagements. She continues
outreach to the veteran community and women’s and children’s organizations
while enjoying her position as Business Development Manager for New American
Funding of San Diego. Amy continues to use her life experiences as humorous
stories to help encourage people to have a healthy, positive perspective for daily
life and its many challenges