This phenomenal idea was the brainchild of two of my dear friends, Janet Gordon and Gina Dial. Many of you know Janet Gordon from many of the shows she has helped produced for our industry, and I've worked with her on the center stage for America's Beauty Show for many years. Gina also is a well-known consultants who works for John Paul Mitchell Systems. They both live close to Ft. Hood and wanted to create something meaningful for the spouse. To produce and direct the 300-person event they joined forces with Texas Hearing & Service Dogs President Sheri Soltes and Ingrid Allen and Louise Oliver, members of the Ladies of the 3rd ACR.

While our soldiers spend more than a year away in Iraq, their spouses endure hardships at home, single-handedly taking care of everything from childcare to home repairs to bill paying, while struggling to maintain their own identities and caring for themselves. They whole-heartedly support their soldiers during deployments, even though these are times of personal sacrifice when they often feel tired, lonely and scared.

Janet and Gina asked if I would be willing to donate my time and travel and develop a presentation that would motivate, thank and help the spouses with the awesome task of caring for a family. Once we got the ball rolling, something truly magical happened—My BIO became its own thing of beauty. 

On the Homefront
John Paul DeJoria addressing attendees.
On the Homefront
Back Row: 3rd ACR Commander, Colonel Reginald Allen; Gina Dial; Geno Stampora; Regimental Commander, Sergeant Major, Jonathan J. Hunt.
Front Row: Sheri Soltes; Ingrid Allen; Louise Oliver; Janet Gordon.
Kneeling: John Paul DeJoria