Since the fall of 2004, when my oldest son began to prepare for his first combat deployment, I have been working to provide support to our troops, our veterans, and our families. Though I never intended to start a nonprofit, it has been a blessing to be a part of the birth and development of Military Missions, Inc., which has evolved into an incredible organization with many amazing, energetic, and sacrificial volunteers.
As the organization has grown, we have taken on more and more service projects and have gradually become far more involved than we ever dreamed possible. In an effort to better serve the thousands of troops who request support, as well as better develop our local community service initiatives, we are restructuring our board of directors to include many gifted individuals who have experience and expertise in nonprofit leadership and will allow us to accomplish far more in the future.
As we move forward, I am stepping down as president of Military Missions, Inc. I will continue to serve on the board of directors as an advisor with a desire to focus on advocacy for our veteran population. As the parent of one of our nation’s disabled veterans, I am constantly made aware of new issues and struggles faced by those who have served on behalf of our nation. It is my hope that I can use the additional time I will now have in my schedule, along with my new found awareness of obstacles to veteran care, to bring attention to issues which need to be addressed, and in turn, help to make improvements to services provided to our veterans.
I want to personally thank each and every one of you who has stepped up to support me personally over the years. You have sacrificially given your blood, sweat, and tears to serve our troops and our veterans and given the credit to this organization. There is no way that Military Missions, Inc. could have ever become the organization it is today without the help and support of each one of you over the past seven and a half years. From the bottom of my heart, I will always be grateful for each individual who had a part in making this dream of mine become a reality.
As we step into a new season, we do so with an incredibly gifted team. I hope you will take a few moments to get to know our new board members whom are listed here. We are all very excited about the road ahead and the great things that Military Missions, Inc. will continue to accomplish. We have much planned and hope you will join us as we continue to support our troops, our veterans, and their families.