Advisory Board Members

“Gary Ray” Bugnacki, Founder & Honorary Board Member

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Gary Ray served in Vietnam and upon returning home after his tour, Gary searched for his true passion again.  Gary Ray focused on dedicating his life to serving Veterans over the last seven-plus years.  With his goal of serving Veterans, Gary Ray began building AHN.   It was in December of 2018 that Gary asked me if I would purchase AHN and continue in the service of Veterans, I answered, "Yes, it would be my honor."  From that day forward we have worked to make that happen. Gary has retired and needs to slow his fast pace and efforts down.  Taking time to enjoy the beauty of his home State of Florida.

- Jim Klug

James Klug, President & CEO American Heroes Network

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Former National Historian, Military Order of the Purple Heart


In 2019 I purchased www.americanheroesnetwork,com network.  It has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. This generation will not be forgotten; today’s military are our sons and daughters.


To learn more about Jim follow the link below.

Jim's Story

LT. Col. Wilbert B. Forbes, Co-Host AHN and Vet news

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Bill is a dedicated American and Lt. Col. United States Army retired.  Bill served in Vietnam and knows what it is like to lead a combat company into battle.  That background and understanding of Veterans focused on Bill's efforts to help Veterans and those that love and support them.  Bill is our "Point Man"!

Bill's story

Steven G. Deaton, Co-host AHN, Interview scout, Writer

Steven Deaton, co-host and writer, American Heroes Network

Steven G. Deaton was born in California on Veterans Day, 1950.   He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico.
His professional career includes police work with the City of Ashland Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau, City of Portland, Oregon.  He is currently a State of Oregon Private Investigator.  
Steves aviation career began with the US Army.  His service includes tours as a combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, a combat surveillance pilot in Korea, and as an Aircraft Commander of a utility transportation airplane in Operation Desert Storm.  Steve served as an Army Aviator for 28 years before retiring at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1998.
Still the flyer, Steve has logged in excess of 20,000 flight hours on a global scale and in a wide variety of aircraft and circumstances.  He has flown military, corporate, commercial, and freight operations; in desert hot, Alaska cold, to tropical humid and transoceanic and intercontinental environments.  He is also a writer, a great husband and for me, a great friend!

Steve's Story

Patrick Hurley, IRS Guidance

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Pat is a former IRS auditor and Licensed Enrolled Agent. He is an authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers at all levels of the Internal Revenue Service. Pat is also licensed by the Oregon State Board of Tax Practitioners as a Licensed Tax Consultant, LTC # 31918. 

Stephanie Johnson-Klug, Secretary/Treasurer

Stephanie Johnson-Klug, American Heroes Network

Stephanie Johnson-Klug has spent nearly five decades in education as a teacher, counselor, and principal in elementary, secondary, and charter schools. In 2004, Steph led Washington Elementary School on to National Blue Ribbon status.  With the firm belief that the only way out of poverty is education, Stephanie became a founding board member Gordon Elwood Foundation and Kids Unlimited of Oregon and is a member of the Latgwa Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Medford Rogue Rotary.  Steph has been my true North in everything. Steph keeps the pathway clear and the goals defined for me.

Attorney Pat Kelly, Legal Counsel

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Pat said "The answer is yes" before I even finished asking for his keen legal guidance and efforts on behalf of AHN.  Pat and I have known each other since the early '80s.  Pat lives his life in service to Veterans and the downtrodden.  When right and wrong are at odds, Pat is the one to have in your corner.  Besides that, Pat is a lot of fun too!

Mary Crozier, Web Design & Admin

Mary Crozier, Designer at Crozier Creative, marycrozier.com

Mary is multi-talented and with a resume that will amaze all.  Mary is a true patriot and supports Veterans as well as their families and loved ones.  Mary was more than ready as well as able to create the "New Look" for American Heroes Network.  We are most thankful to Mary for all her efforts in the web transition.