Message from DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.)
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I would like to welcome you to the new website of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation! It is a much cleaner, more navigable site, and I hope you find it useful.20140307_130301

Our new website is simply one of the necessary changes to DVNF that will be taking place. Since this organization was founded in 2007, there have been some great things accomplished, and in retrospect, some things that should have been done better. The board of directors brought me in to lead the organization so that I could unleash the full potential of the foundation, and all of its parts.

I learned many things during my 27 years in the United States Marine Corps. One of the greatest lessons I learned is that an organization is nothing without its people. DVNF is not just an organization made up of a few staff. It is all the parties involved—the veterans we help, the donors we depend on, the partner organizations we work with, and the staff who bring it all together.
In the coming months, we will be making many changes. Our priorities, our programs, our focus, and our way of operating will all be improved so that we can find a way to most effectively assist those who fought for us. The heroes we work for are the lifeblood that motivates us to be at our very best. After all, that’s what they have already done for us.

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Listen to VanFonda’s interview on the American Heroes Network

We hope you will join us in this time of change. We are excited about the future!


Joseph VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Testimonials:  Joseph VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret):  

“Sergeant Major Joe VanFonda is a Marine of great character, honor, and deep concern for his fellow veterans. His exemplary combat record speaks for itself and is a great example of his loyalty to his fellow veterans and reflects his steadfast concern for their continuing welfare long after they have left military service.”  –

-Major General George Allen, USMC (retired)

“Joseph VanFonda’s (SgtMaj Ret) recent selection as the new CEO for Disabled Veterans National Foundation sets the example for other Senior Leadership transitioning from the military.  DVNF recognizes Joseph’s outstanding leadership and experience in taking care of our Wounded, Ill & Injured Veterans. I have known Joe Vanfonda for over 15 years and his vast experience coupled with his most recent billet that he retired from as the Sergeant Major of Wounded Warrior Regiment for the United States Marine Corps makes him the most qualified selection that any organization can make in order to take care of our  Veterans within all Service of our Military Ranks”.

  —-SgtMaj (ret) William F. Squires,  Marine Corps Air Station, New River NC

“I had the privilege of working with Joseph VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret) while employed at the Family Services Center, MCAS, New River, several years ago.  I know SGTMAJ to be genuinely focused on taking care of military members from all branches and their families.  He is definitely the right man for the job!” 

—V/r H. Field Kellogg, aka “Harold” 

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Media Contact: Doug Walker, Communications Director, (202) 737-0522

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