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Orville Wollard

Orville Lee Wollard

Orville Lee Wollard typifies what it means to be an American. He has spent his life bettering himself to get ahead – and for his family. After receiving an Associate’s degree he moved on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business and then a Master’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Behavior, all the while… Read more »


Ronald Thompson

Ronald Thompson

Ronald Thompson is a 100% disabled veteran who spent 14 years in the Army (1966-1980). After his service, Thompson remained active in veterans’ affairs. In addition to acting as a Deputy Representative for AMVETS, Thompson accumulated 5,532 hours volunteering at the VA hospital in Lake City, Florida, primarily acting as recreational therapy coordinator at the… Read more »


Marla Swearingen

Marla Swearingen

Marla Swearingen is a 50-year-old mother and grandmother who suffers from multiple sclerosis. In 2009, she found herself in the middle of a developing altercation between her husband and her ex-husband, who lived across the street. According to Marla and other witnesses, she took a gun away from her husband as he was heading towards… Read more »


Scott Earle

Scott Earle

Scott began using painkillers after a sports injury when he was a teenager. After being in several car accidents, his dependence on the medication grew until he was taking over a dozen pills each day. Despite his addiction, Scott held full-time employment at an auto dealership and worked as a musician on the side.    In… Read more »


Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander is serving a 20 year mandatory prison term under Florida’s 10-20-Life gun sentencing law for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. During her marriage to Rico Gray, Marissa Alexander, a 31 year old mother of there, suffered from physical abuse that once left her hospitalized and led her to… Read more »


Erik Weyant

Erik Weyant

Twenty-two-year-old Erik worked long hours renovating homes and pouring concrete. As the manager of his own business, Erik’s work schedule kept him busy with little time for socializing. In early 2006, Erik was introduced to Amy* through some mutual friends. They began a budding relationship, often meeting at a local bar at the end of… Read more »


Eric Arthur

Eric K. Arthur

Eric grew up in Accra, Ghana in a three-bedroom house with thirty other relatives. He graduated from high school in 1998 and immigrated to New York to enroll in the state’s City College. In 1992, Eric transferred to Long Island University’s School of Pharmacy. Eric met his wife, Esther, that same year. It was love… Read more »