Christina Silva is a USMC Veteran with a Call to Action. Christina is as an advocate on behalf of military families and minority, under-represented classes. Christina received the DAV Community of Heroes Award for her philanthropic efforts to share the plight of Active-Duty Military and Retirees set to become “civilians” after service.  Mental health awareness is a chief corporate, social, and economic responsibility in order to reduce risks of rising suicides, depressions and anxieties. Christina confronts critical issues and opens cutting-edge conversations about uncomfortable, problematic issues that are most commonly swept under the rug. Educating Our Veterans Live is the platform that provides real answers without prejudice, discrimination, and layered systemic racism.  With over 20 years of expertise, Christina is a Fearless Ambassador Intending To Help Others.

Tune In to the live broadcast sure to brighten your perspective and challenge your beliefs with the essence of positivity and LIGHT.

Are you truly ready to CONFRONT, CONSIDER, and CHANGE the MATTERS OF YOUR HEART so you can TRANSFORM, ADAPT, and OVERCOME Day by Precious Day?

Find fuel toward your purpose, encouragement during the trial, and success along the way through the tragi- gone -triumphant life story and plight of a God-Fearing Leader, Husband, Father, Strategist, Military Officer, Author, and Winner, Mr. Sherman Gillums, Jr., United States Marine (CWO2) Veteran.

Mental health awareness is a chief corporate, social, and economic responsibility that comes first in our world in order to reduce risks and to identify signs of suicides, depressions and anxieties that are on the rise within military, law enforcement, and civilian families that may suffer in secret silence.  Christina is committed to providing solutions through open conversations about critically uncomfortable, problematic, and widespread issues that are most commonly swept under the rug or avoided at all costs until worldwide crises ensues. Educating Our Veterans Live is the platform for collaborative voices to make sense of the battle and to create a winning resolution.  We must demand the world to participate by voluntarism for all to thrive without prejudice, discrimination, and layered systemic racism. 

This week on The Christina Silva Show, our subject matter expert, Sherman Gillums, Jr. demonstrates outstanding advocacy as he shares his remarkable insight and highlights from his United States Marine Corps story of triumph and professional career.

Sherman Gillums, Jr. joined the the United States Marine Corps at age 17. Sherman reached the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2) during his 12 years of honorable service during which he was severely injured while in uniform.  Sherman’s remarkable recovery and story fuel his voice of advocacy for his fellow paralyzed veterans, caregivers, and underrepresented communities of humankind. His awards include two Commendation Medals, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, and Marine Drill Instructor Ribbon. Sherman is dedicated to chief operations excellence and bringing the NAMI 5-year strategic plan to life with his team. He currently oversees the organization’s efforts to universalize timely access to appropriate mental healthcare f and the de stigmatization of mental illness. Sherman is overwhelmed with gratitude and love for his wife and children and sheds light on critical issues with determination and empathetic energy. Sherman shares his insight, influence, plans, and resolve by partnering with American veteran and civilian agencies and has become the Advocate to the past and current President on our behalf. Sherman most eloquently assures us by his quote, “A nation will be judged by how it treats its veterans”. 

“Educating Our Veterans is a Community Responsibility” and please do “Thank A Veteran with a Hand Salute”. “We must continue to understand and empathize the true cost of Freedom so our level of gratitude is commensurate with what we owe as Americans to our military members as a whole, especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

– Christina Silva

We are comrades in your community dedicated to togetherness with compassion from Sea to Sea advocating for your rights, resources, and RESILIENCE from our Camies2Civies C2C.

We thank our sponsors, VoiceAmerica Variety Beverly Hills Webs CRS On Air Camies Civies and @PACOSTACOSANDGRILL for making #EDUCATINGOURVETERANSLIVE IS a Community Responsibility. -CRS

Meet LtGRn ‘Buck Bedard’ USMC (Ret) &Tom ‘Ghost’ Martin, Marine Veteran/Director Leatherneck Club on The Christina Silva Show

Educating Our Veterans LIVE, 9 Dec 20 on Voice America Variety Channel

LtGen “Buck Bedard” (Ret) shares highlights from 37 years of elite USMC Service. As Deputy Commandant of Policies, Plans, Operations, Esprit De Corps is key. Leading by example, LtGen commends Tom “Ghost” Martin, a USMC Veteran who knows that Camaraderie saves lives too after his tour on active duty in the Marine Corps. As Director of the Leatherneck Club of Las Vegas the theme of “continuous service” is embedded in the establishment. All are welcome at the Club to host meetings, weddings, and toasts to storytelling heroes in the bunker. Marines bleed the same blood from Camies 2 Civies (Marine/Civilian) alike. The Leatherneck Club is home to many historical pieces of War History, depicting the cost of freedom only Marines can pay. The rich stories of travail or triumph remind us that Marines are “Always Faithful. Stand with us; thank General “Buck” and Ghost for their voices. Join us in The Marine Corps League Detachment 186 or The Marine Riders to give back. Semper Fidelis


Major Melvin Burch-Bynum was born in Peoria, IL and has dedicated his entire adult life to outstanding and unprecedented service to the United State Marine Corps. His decorated career has included special duties, multiple deployments, leadership roles and responsibilites, and a core of spiritual, mental, physical, and social resilience for survival, acquisitions, and quality-of-life ambitions.

He leads beside many fellow Marine Corps Officers that abide by the same principles and attitude. Major Burch-Bynum has infused the lives of Enlisted Marines as a former leader at the School of Infantry, MCB Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA but enjoys communing and learning from Marines that have served in eras preceding his with honor and valor. Spending time as a mentor, watching the Chicago Bears win football games, riding his Harley, and caring for man’s best friend “Harley”, and ballroom dancing with his lovely wife is also the centrifugal force of his existence. Keeping fit in the chow hall and the eateries of the world helps Major to fit into his uniform and to enjoy Birthday Cake with the Marines in 2020 with safe social distancing practices at his forefront.

In his Camies (Marine Corps Uniform), Melvin is an Officer with a role that includes a moment’s notice to serve stateside and abroad, therefore, he is ever-vigilant. Stateside, and in his Civies (Civilian Attire), he is an educator, charitable founder of the Little Free Library in Peoria, Illinois, and completed the hardest race ever known to man, The Iron Man challenge in Chattanooga before the Pandemic. Major Melvin Burch-Bynum is glad that he has traveled the world empowering youth and seniors and is passionate about Literacy and Service. 

Melvin loves continuing education and learns from his wife Mrs., Dr. Stephanie Burch-Bynum and they share a faithful bond of marriage and love for the arts, African American History, and all genres of music. Major Burch-Bynum has a story of humility and parental honor, he knows the cost of true cost freedom from the perspective of the accomplished and educated African American’s heart and soul as he proves his application of passion and mission amongst his community each and every day. Melvin relishes mentorship and the sharing of his giving talents lend back to his elementary school years where reading is paramount, he gleans for his lessons during overseas deployments and has touched lives of children from many nations, and his Esprit De Corps with athleticism is remarkable. 

The Marine Corps Motto: Semper Fidelis runs deep and on this day, we celebrate the service accolades Major Melvin Burch-Bynum has achieved. Each date, on November 10, we remember the Birthday the Marine Corps when service men rose and became the Elite of the Elite force to be reckoned in wartime and in peace for our Freedom in the United States of America. 

We remember all who have served, paid the ultimate sacrifice in our hearts with the families of the fallen, with a taste of cake from the Marine Guest of Honor to the Eldest Marine, and the Youngest Marine. We are proud in 2020 with safe social-distancing we are able to broadcast a full feature interview with Major as he remembers why he is “Still Serving” and why he did set out to step on the yellow feet to become a fine Marine like he has since graduating Boot Camp at Camp Lejeune one life-changing day over 26 years ago. Thank you for your service Major Melvin Burch-Bynum and Happy Veterans Day from The Christina Silva Show * Educating Our Veterans Day 2020, November 11. #IRONMAN2 

Agility, Assimilation, and Admiration are keywords that describe the character of Melvin Burch-Bynum. Today, we once again remind our listeners and patriots all over the globe why we celebrate the 245th Birthday of the United Marine Corps and Veterans Day 2020 with hearts of humility and honor while we remember all that have ever served in the Armed Forces. 

A tall order of professionalism, personal etiquette, drive, and commitment must be in place at all times under the name of US Marine. Comprehension of rules, regulations, and rights are traits Major Melvin Burch-Bynum takes seriously. History, resolutions, and higher education are key to assimilating his professional career and his personal ambition of becoming an Iron Man II. Making legendary moves begins with “The Little Free Library” created in honor of Melvin’s dear mother and his father inspires and admires his works in the community and in the military. Change and equality coupled with earned benefits and family leave are what we look forward to in our Camies 2 Civies. 

We will discover the role we must play with our right to vote and to become pioneers in our lives from a testimonial filled with Esprit De Corps #SemperFidelis! To relax and be resilient is to be sure you can support our Marines via the Toys for Tots mission and during the holidays and year-round, by saying “Thank you to a Marine, Thank You to a Veteran from Every Era and Every Branch of Service”, it is as easy as that motion. Also, and just as CRS does with each coveted interview, aim to help others Transform, Adapt, and Overcome from your own #Camies2Civies so you can #MERCHFORAWARD with empathy for all our service men and women put on the line. With a Spirit of Voluntarism we can be proud and rights bearing Americans together, “One Nation Under God, Indivisible With Liberty and Justice For ALL.” #CRSC2C. Photo Credits: Major Melvin Burch-Bynum and United States Marine Corps Veteran Christina R. Silva



On November 4, 2020, we are proud to enlighten you by the astonishing accomplishments of special guest: La Fay Baker. Overcoming Obstacles with Outstanding Outcomes is her specialty. With the importance of community and small business relations in LA at hand in this day and age, long-time colleague, Cheryle Bernard, creator of the Cheryle.LA Custom Designer Masks and Founder of Beverly Hills Webs chimes in with a hello to La Faye Baker on The Christina Silva Show on the Voice America Variety Network. Thanks for tuning in and to all of our sponsors, we make the show possible because of your generosity and commitment to our US Troops, a CRS Clean Riding Style Production, Educating Our Veterans Live.

La Faye Baker is the FIRST African American stunt woman to coordinate a big-budget project, HBO’s special “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” starring Halle Berry. That was in 1999, 21 years later and Baker is back with HBO, working as the assistant stunt coordinator on Issa Rae’s Insecure. Baker always knew she was fit for a career that would combine her athleticism and fearlessness after breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for successfully twirling 58 hula hoops at one time at the age of 12. From then on, Baker continued to develop her physical abilities, excelling in gymnastics and volleyball, before splitting her time between stunt work and working as a Dandridge. ? At the time, no Probations Officer as an adult. In 1999, Baker was scouted by Academy Award winner Halle Berry and her team to serve as her stunt-coordinator for the big-budgeted, award- winning HBO film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. ? At the time, no other African-American woman had served in such capacity.


On October 27, 2020, we are humbly honored to welcome Command Chief Master Sergeant Lisa R. Arnold, Senior Enlisted Leader of the United States Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base and Airman and Family Readiness Center Flight Chief, Cathy Howard to The Christina Silva Show. The debut episode is specifically designed to address current events, military valor, and to discuss the importance of Respect, Resilience, and Readiness in the United States Air Force environment. Click below to tune in and to be motivated and empowered by our pre-recorded broadcast Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Educating Our Veterans Live is a Community Responsibility and Continuum of Care at LA AFB SMC is key. We are grateful for all of our US Armed Forces members and patriots as our listenership and the broadcast is set to be aired on The Voice America Variety Channel on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Thank you for your support and spirit of voluntarism. Sempra Supra and Fly, Fight, Win!

In 2020, The United States Space Force unveiled its new Delta Symbol and Service Branch Motto: Sempra Supra, “Always Above”. Joining us on The Christina Silva Show is the Command Chief Master Sergeant Lisa R. Arnold. The Senior Enlisted Leader of the US Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center at LA AFB fulfills a grand responsibility and Command Chief Master Sergeant is “Always Above” and determined to lead her Command with Respect, Readiness, and Resilience. We will embrace the Airman’s Creed and learn about the importance of mastering balance in Active Duty Service, Deployment, and Total Fitness. We are thankful for Command Chief Master Sergeant Lisa R. Arnold and military personnel.

Our next guest, Mrs. Cathy Howard shares her SMC Exclusive: “My Race Story”. Mrs. Howard is a Master Resiliency SME and supports USAF Families in all phases of life. Thank you for your willingness to be inspired by the Truths for Freedom. Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful.

El Segundo, CA United States 9/11/2020 Video by Krista Knaus Space and Missiles Systems Center Public Affairs


Christina possesses a compassionate ear and critical voice as a female Marine Corps Veteran as she assumes the responsibility of educating veterans about business development, resources, and forward strategies. As Founder of C2C Foundation (2015), Christina is a natural-born philanthropist on a mission to help others adapt, overcome, and transform from their military “Camies 2 Civies.” Tune in weekly to be encouraged by testimonials on the Voice America Variety Channel. Christina Silva is a United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Persian Gulf Era. Christina responds to the Call to Action For Equality on behalf of minority and under-represented classes and the masses as a Woman-In-Business, Military Advocate, and Female DAV Community of Heroes Awardee. She is a motivational speaker and a voice for the greater good. Christina delights in helping veterans redeem their VA Home Ownership benefit and promotes mental health awareness, gainful employment, and higher education. Christina is committed to volunteerism by serving active-duty military personnel, retirees, their families with over 20 years of contract consulting, event promotions, project management, real estate, and safety with emergency preparedness expertise.