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Do you have permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or other hearing injuries? You may be entitled to seek damages against 3M and legal representation.

OAKLAND, Calif. 3M agreed to pay the U.S. government a $9.1 million settlement in a whistleblower action for selling hundreds of thousands of defective earplugs for more than a decade that were standard issue, Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) to the military. It was only disclosed to the public after 3M agreed to pay this settlement. Gibbs Law Group, Stueve Siegel Hanson and Isaac Wiles have filed lawsuits against 3M on behalf of service members who suffered hearing injuries.

The government alleged that 3M knew these earplugs were defective when they were selling them to the government and that they were “too short for proper insertion in users’ ears.” This defect caused these earplugs to dislodge from the users’ ears and many needlessly suffered permanent hearing injuries.

Debbie Gregory, CEO of VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association and a well-known advocate for those who serve, is trying to get out the word to those who have sustained damages as a result of the use of these earplugs: “It is egregious that this corporation placed profits above the well-being of those who serve our nation and protect us. 3M must be held accountable for the harm it caused our military and veterans that will permanently and negatively impact their lives. I am heartened that these three national law firms are pursuing compensation for our nation’s service members who were injured from the use of 3M’s earplugs. I encourage everyone to spread the word to their own network within the military and veteran communities.”

The law firms of Gibbs Law Group, Stueve Siegel Hanson and Isaac Wiles have joined forces against 3M on behalf of U.S. military service members and veterans who sustained hearing injuries as a result of wearing these defective ear plugs. The lawsuits are against 3M and not against the United States government. Legal fees and costs will only be charged when servicemembers prevail in their lawsuits against 3M. Ms. Gregory added:

“This lawsuit provides our servicemembers and veterans a fighting chance without risk to recover monetary damages for their losses, and to send a clear message to those involved to never again put our military at risk. This team of law firms has a long history of advocating for service members, and I am confident they will do everything in their power to fight for the rights of the men and women who were affected.”

U.S. servicemembers and veterans who used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and suffered hearing loss, tinnitus and/or other injuries should contact the attorneys at: 1-866-211-4118 or go to

About the Legal Team

This is a team of three prominent law firms across the nation that includes: Gibbs Law Group, Stueve Siegel Hanson and Isaac Wiles. They have expertise and a track record of successfully litigating class actions, product liability claims and other actions. Their attorneys have extensive experience assisting clients including servicemembers and veterans in recovering monies for personal injuries and other damages caused by defective products.

They have a winning track record that has earned them numerous awards for their work, including Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Bar, Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California and Consumer Protection MVP.

About Debbie Gregory

Ms. Gregory is a lifelong advocate for those who serve and is committed to outreach to those who have been harmed by use of these earplugs. She is currently the CEO and founder of VAMBOA, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association with over 7,000 members nationwide. Ms. Gregory is a producer of the nationally televised concert: “America Salutes You” that raises awareness for military and veterans and funds for some extraordinary non-profits that support them. Ms. Gregory also serves in the Defense Department volunteer role of Director of Employer Engagement for California ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve). Ms. Gregory is the daughter of a veteran who served with seven of his brothers and died as a result of injuries from his service to our country. Ms. Gregory’s father has motivated and empowered her to champion service members and veterans.


Debbie Gregory

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association, VAMBOA, has continued its proud sponsorship role of the America Salutes You, a nationally televised concert series, “Guitar Legends II”, benefiting those who currently serve in our military, veterans and first responders.

“We, as a nation, must recognize the sacrifices made by all those who serve, past and present, first responders and their loved ones,” said Debbie Gregory, VAMBOA CEO. “These men and women write a blank check up to and including their lives so that we can be safe. America Salutes You is a positive way to raise awareness for these heroes and support some extraordinary non-profits that provide mental and brain health services to them. I am proud to continue to be part of the America Salutes You team.”

The benefit concert played to a full house on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at The Novo, an intimate theater known for its acoustics. The Novo is part of the L.A. Live event space, and was an ideal venue for the show.

Performances featured a great and eclectic collection of guitarists covering many different genres with guitar legends including Billy Gibbons, Dave Narvarro, Don Felder, Stephen Stills, Sammy Hagar, Robby Kreiger, just to name a few.

“We had some of the great guitar legends playing,” said executive producer, Bob Okun, of the third America Salutes You benefit concert line-up. “They all donate their time.”

“This is the third annual America Salutes You benefit concert honoring our veterans and first responders, ” said Okun. “We sincerely hope it will become an annual holiday tradition.”

Funds raised through donations benefit the great non-profits that support mental wellness and brain health for veterans and first responders.

The concert was taped for broadcast. If you would like to find out when and where to tune in to watch in your area, go to

You can show your support by making a donation in any amount on on the America Salutes You website. You may also text a $10 donation, text the word “FREEDOM” to 80077.

For more information on the benefit concert, please go to these links:

About America Salutes You
America Salutes You is a 501c3 organization created to express our national gratitude to our service members, veterans and their families through an annual nationally broadcasted benefit concert that raises funds for a range of highly rated charities. One hundred percent of all money raised are granted to nonprofit organizations with programs that provide services to our troops, veterans and their families.

With over 7,200 members and more than a quarter-million fans and followers on social media, the Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) a 501(c) 6 non-profit trade association, has been serving veteran military entrepreneurs (VMEs) since 2011. Connecting member VMEs with large corporations and government agencies looking to diversify their supply chain is an integral part of VAMBOA’s mission. Additionally, providing members with knowledge of government provisions assists service-disabled veteran business owners, Veteran business owners and military business owners, and drives the success of these VMEs. Membership in VAMBOA is free. VAMBOA is becoming the “Go To” Association for VMEs.

This nationally televised concert raises awareness of the mental health issues, including brain health faced by those who have served our country, and raises funds for the non-profit organizations that support them.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), one of the fastest growing non-profit trade associations serving veteran military entrepreneurs (VMEs) is once again proud to announce sponsorship of the America Salutes You concert series, “Guitar Legends for Heroes II.”

On Sunday December 2nd , some of the world’s best guitarists will hit the stage at the Novo Theater in Los Angeles to thank our military, veterans and their loved ones for their sacrifices, while raising funds for the high impact charities that support them.

In addition to performing, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons will take on hosting duties The all-star event will feature special performances by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Sammy Hagar, Orianthi, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.

The concert will be recorded and nationally televised for later broadcast.

Charity recipients benefiting from this music-filled evening include the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, HeadStrong, GIFT and the Independence Fund.

“We, as a nation, must recognize both the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by those who have served in our country’s military,” said Debbie Gregory, founder and CEO of VAMBOA. “If we are sincere in our gratitude for their service, we must ensure that we care for all servicemembers, past and present, and their families. We do this by providing the resources they need to live full, productive and happy lives.”

“I can’t wait until December 2nd in Los Angeles when America Salutes You presents Guitar Legends 2, starring amazing guitarists who are donating their time to raise awareness about and funds for brain and mental wellness charities, particularly for veterans and first responders,” said Bob Okun, Executive Producer.

The concert is made possible by the generous financial support of Walgreens, AT&T, KLOVE, AXS TV, Tribune Media, United Airlines and Production Glue.

About America Salutes You
America Salutes You is a 501c3 organization created to express our national gratitude to our service members, veterans and their families through an annual nationally broadcasted benefit concert that raises funds for a range of highly rated charities. One hundred percent of all money raised are granted to nonprofit organizations with programs that provide services to our troops, veterans and their families.

VAMBOA & DiversityComm Join Forces to Provide Resources

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VAMBOA & DiversityComm Join Forces to Provide Resources to Military and Veteran Business Owners.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is proud to announce that it has once again joined forces with DiversityComm to offer beneficial resources to the readers of U.S. Veterans Magazine and secure free subscriptions for VAMBOA members.

VAMBOA is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association with more than 7,200 members nationwide. Known as the “go-to” association for Veteran and Military Business Owners, VAMBOA assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners with development, growth and prosperity. VAMBOA is supported through corporate sponsorships. There are no dues or membership fees for Veteran and Military Business members.

VAMBOA’s 7,200 members are in all business sectors from sole proprietors to large corporations. VAMBOA helps to spread the word about the excellent diversity programs of its sponsors, and from time to time, profiles key members with press releases, articles, blog posts, and on their social media network approaching a quarter of a million combined fans and followers.

Additionally, VAMBOA assists corporations in connecting sourcing professionals with qualified Veteran and Military Enterprises (VMEs) through face-to-face meetings and distributing their RFI/RFPs, thus increasing diversity spend. VAMBOA also provides the opportunity to network with corporate members and share their best practices in Supplier Diversity.

“By renewing our Memorandum of Understanding, we are pleased to be able to offer a valuable subscription to DiversityComm’s U.S. Veterans Magazine to our membership without any cost to them,” said VAMBOA CEO Debbie Gregory. “At the same time, we will be supplying editorial content to the magazine that will be of interest to the magazine’s readership. At VAMBOA, we value working with the DiversityComm team.”

DiversityComm has more than 25 years of professional expertise in all aspects of business and employment that ensures equal opportunity and diversity and inclusion advertising. In addition to U.S. Veterans Magazine, DiversityComm publishes Black EOE Journal, HISPANIC Network Magazine, Professional WOMAN’s Magazine, Diversity in STEAM Magazine and Diverseability Magazine.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is proud to announce it will be participating in the 30th Annual Department of the Navy Gold Coast event, the premier Navy procurement conference in the country.

VAMBOA, the “go to” association for Veteran and Military Entrepreneurs, is a 501(c)6 trade association that focuses on connecting Service Disabled Veteran Business Owners (SDVBO), Veteran Business Owners, Military Business Owners and Military Spouse Business Owners with corporations that value a diverse supplier network. The non-profit will exhibit at booth #117 on August 7th and 8th at the event location, the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA.

“VAMBOA invites business owners who are not yet members to stop by our booth and register,” said CEO Debbie Gregory. “I also invite suppliers to come by the booth to discuss how VAMBOA can assist in expanding their supplier diversity network.”

There are not any fees to join VAMBOA.

Gold Coast 2018 provides a forum to educate, guide, and assist businesses, large and small, in support of the warfighter mission within Department of the Navy and throughout the DOD. The event provides exciting and relevant topics delivered by government and industry experts, as well as providing insightful panels, workshops and networking events.

For those unable to attend the conference, Debbie Gregory invites them to email her at