Leadership

United States Marine Corps logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationJoseph E. VanFonda, Chief Executive Officer Sergeant Major (Ret) Joseph VanFonda served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 27 years. He retired out of Quantico, VA in 2013 as the Regimental SgtMaj for the Wounded Warrior Regiment. In this role, he was responsible for the coordination of non-medical care for combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines, as well as Sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to the veteran status. Read his full bio here.

United States Army presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationPrecilla Landry Wilkewitz, President

Wilkewitz, a native of Iowa, Louisiana, is the daughter of Harris and Elvern Landry. Wilkewitz, a Vietnam veteran, resident of Zachary, Louisiana, was the first female veteran to be elected as State Quartermaster and appointed State Adjutant to serve the Department of Louisiana, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at the 55th Annual State Convention held June 15, 1985, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Read her full bio.

United States Navy logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationW. Benny Bachand, Vice President

Born in Putman, Conn., Bachand moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1961. He joined the United States Navy in 1966 and served on the USS Ault (DD-698) in Southeast Asia from February 1967, to September 1967. Bachand was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal in recognition of his service. Read his full bio.

United States Army logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationPamela Luce, Treasurer

First Sergeant (Retired) Pamela Luce entered the Army directly after graduating from High School in 1982. She completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Military Police Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama and went on to successfully complete Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1983. Read her full bio.

United States Navy logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationLynda Waldroop
, Secretary

Lynda Waldroop is a U.S. Navy Veteran (1961-1965). She was the first WAVE assigned by BUPERS to the U.S. Naval Air Facility, Andrews AFB, Washington, D.C. in 1961. She served in the Captain’s Administration Office; YN2 Legal Yeoman/Certified Court Recorder; Top Secret Clearance Communications; Special Services. She flew often as part of Admiral Shroup’s flight crew. Read her full bio.

United States Airforce logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationBertha Cruz Hall

Bertha Cruz Hall served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1968 to August 1972. She worked in Personal Affairs and assisted survivors of Servicemen to obtain their benefits. Immediately after her discharge from the Air Force she went to work for the Texas Veterans Commission. Read her full bio.

United States Army logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationSteve Weyher

Steve is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. Affectionately known as “Mr. Branson”, he has been a loud voice and tireless supporter for his community and for Veterans for over four decades, mostly in Oklahoma and Missouri, but also around the globe. Read his full bio.

United States Marine Corps logo presented by Disabled Veterans National FoundationGySgt Guillermo Tejeda

GySgt Tejada is currently assigned to the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment Detachment at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Read his full bio.

 

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