Officers

Robert R. Piaro - View Bio
CEO
P.O. Box 109
Newburg WI 53060
E mail: bob.piaro@vafvets.org

 

Chris Hanson - View Bio
Board Chair
P.O. Box 109
Newburg, WI 53060


 


Jackie Urban - View Bio
Board Treasurer
PO Box 109
Newburg, WI 53060

Richard Lindbeck
Board Secretary
PO Box 109
Newburg, WI 53060


 

Robert R. Piaro

  • Bob 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran, received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, and various Republic of Vietnam citations.
  • Since Vietnam, Bob has had to deal with the problems of a physical disability loss of his left leg, combat stress, chemical dependency and family problems. In 1985 he entered the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment program at the VAMC Tomah, WI. After he completed that program, his life took a new direction – helping other veterans with similar problems.
  • In 1992, Bob began volunteering for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) in establishing a homeless veteran program in Wisconsin. He spent 3 months as a homeless veteran in the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Boston, MA to collect data for the Veterans Assistance Program (VAP) where he worked with no salary as interim director of the Veterans Rehabilitation Program, latter known as the VAP.
  • In January 1994, Bob established the Veterans Assistance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to operate Veterans Assistance Centers for the purpose of transitioning homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless veterans into society’s mainstream by providing an environment where they could receive needed services to make that happen. At that time, the VAF wanted to establish a VAP in the Fox Valley region in Wisconsin. It has expanded to operate the following programs:
  • Veterans Assistance Center – King, WI. A 27-bed facility located on the grounds of the King Veterans Home near Waupaca, WI. Opened April 1995.
  • Veterans Assistance Center – Madison, WI. A 7 bed, transitional facility located on the grounds of Central Wisconsin Center in Madison, WI. Opened July 1996. 
  • Veterans Assistance Center – Fort McCoy, WI. The VAF assumed responsibility for this Center from the WDVA in July 1996. Fort McCoy has 14 program beds. 
  • Veterans Assistance Center – Tomah, WI. The administrative operations of the Fort McCoy facility moved to the grounds of the VA Medical Center in Tomah in September 1998. VAP Tomah has 67 program beds 
  • Veterans Assistance Center-Bakersfield CA.  There is a 32 bed transitional veterans program. 2003 
  • Veterans Assistance Center-Bakersfield CA.  A 9 Bed transitional veterans program. 2004
  • Resource and Referral Center – Bakersfield, CA. This is a day service program designed to provide assistance in conjunction with area service providers.
  • VAF-Kern County Annual Stand Down- Stand Down is in reference to the military term allowing a combat unit removed from the field of battle to an area of safety and security and has been widely heralded as an innovative and effective way of assisting homeless veterans to break the self-perpetuating cycle of homelessness.
  • Bob is a nationally recognized leader in homeless veteran advocacy. He travels around the country providing assistance to veterans programs and organizations. Bob is knowledgeable and persuasive in dealing with veterans issues with government agencies and organizations. He has exercised this talent while being a pivotal actor in developing National, State and Local veterans programs. Bob has developed and continues to expand a professional knowledge of veterans problems and possible solutions. He has, as an individual, the ability to communicate with his fellow veterans on a sympathetic but no-nonsense level that gets results for them that has earned him a reputation as someone that can really help.
  • VAF Professional Affiliations
  • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • Kern County Homeless Collaborative
  • Kern County Network For Children
  • VAF-Kern County Veterans Stand Down
  • Personal Affiliations
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • American Legion
  • Disabled Veterans of America
  • DAV
  • AMVETS
  • VFW
  • Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians Network

 

John L. Margowski

JohnJohn was born in and spent his first 15 years in Delphi, Indiana. He graduated from high school at the Kentucky Military Institute, attended Vincennes University in Indiana, and graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

A Vietnam veteran, John entered the Air Force in November of 1969. He was a distinguished graduate of his Officers Training School class and served in the Strategic Air Command as a navigator on a KC-135 stratotanker. While serving, he received the Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award. He was discharged with the rank of Captain in June of 1974.

John served as the Assistant Veteran Service Officer of Waukesha County from June of 1977 to April of 1986. He was then Acting CVSO from April to October of 1986 when he was appointed as the Veterans Service Officer.

John is a life member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and a member of WACVO, Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1, Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, AMVETS, and Forty & Eight of the American Legion.

 

Adrian Krueger

I grew up on a small farm near West Bend, WI. I attended local public and parochial grade schools and graduated from West Bend High School in 1966.

From 1968 – 1970 served in the U.S.. Army. My Vietnam service was from December 1968 – February 1970. My duties included working in an encrypted message center and heavy artillery with First Field Force, in II Corps. In 1991 I completed a course in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning at Milwaukee Area Technical College South Campus. I am presently employed in construction and home renovation.

I joined Vietnam Veterans of America in 1989 and am a life member of Chapter 448, Newburg, WI. In the past I have been a chapter delegate to Wisconsin State Council of Vietnam Veterans and served as a Vice President of the council and chaired the constitution committee. At the chapter level I have been chairman of constitution, legal affairs, and ordnance committees. I have held positions of secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president of VVA Chapter 448.

Presently I serve on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the ordnance committee. Along with Robert Piaro and Wayne Gabriel I have had the pleasure of being a founding member of the Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF) of which I served as secretary treasurer. The success of VAF led to the forming of the California Veterans Assistance Foundation (CAVAF). Currently I serve on the Board of Directors and as treasurer of both foundations.

I enjoy spending time with my family and grand children. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, antique and modern firearms collecting, and reading .Jackie Urban
 

Christopher Hanson

ChrisChristopher R. Hanson took the reigns as the Executive Director of the Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau in August of 2005. He arrived with a strong background in advertising, marketing and public relations. He is responsible for two different organizations with two completely separate Boards of Directors and budgets and maintains two separate staffs with very little crossover. For the Chamber of Commerce, Hanson is responsible for promoting Chamber activities and growing membership. For the Convention and Visitors Bureau, he leads the city’s tourism promotion and marketing campaigns toward leisure, business and military visitors. Hanson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, JBA ’96.

Currently a Senior Chief Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy Reserve, he is attached to Operational Health Support Unit Great Lakes as the Command Leading Chief Petty Officer. Additionally, he is the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Headquarters Command Assessment Team. An Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Hanson was mobilized from October of 2006 to November 2007 to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Medical Records Branch in Patient Administration. During his deployment, he was the Vice-Chair for the LRMC Tier III joint senior enlisted organization.

During the early years of his career, Hanson served as a Field Medical Service Technician, or Combat Corpsman for the United States Marine Corps. He spent eight years attached to Golf Company, 2/24, 4th Marine Division based out of Madison, WI. He later assumed various roles at different commands developing and leading junior Sailors, such as the Officer-in-Charge for a new accession unit of brand new Sailors. There, he was responsible for conducting various general Navy and military training in a reserve boot camp atmosphere.

Hanson has recently held Senior Enlisted Leadership positions in some high profile missions:

  • 2008 - Senior Enlisted Leader for a Humanitarian Mission to the country of Suriname, South America. Responsible for manning and safety of 35 member medical team. Mission provided medical care for more than 3,500 Surinamese citizens.
  • 2009- Senior Enlisted Leader for Northern Lights/Global Medic joint medical training exercise in Fort McCoy, WI, a 106 USN member mission to learn joint medical operations with the Army and Air Force.
  • 2010 - Senior Enlisted Leader for a Humanitarian Mission to Haiti in June of 2010. 45 member planned mission providing medical support and earthquake relief.

Additional positions/Accomplishments:
Founding member of Tomah Area Veterans Memorial Committee.
Board Member, Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center Board of Directors
Member, Monroe County Economic Development and Tourism Committee
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal – two awards
Army Commendation Medal – one award
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal – five awards


Jackie Urban

JackieJackie grew up on a small beef farm near Hillsboro Wisconsin.  She migrated to a La Cross to go to college and decided to stay in the area to work and play.

Jackie and her husband, who is a Veteran of Foreign Wars ,are avid motorcycle enthusiasts and love to explore Wisconsin's many Counties in the summer.

Currently Jackie is a member education officer Altra Federal Credit Union in La Crosse Wisconsin.  She has been financial literacy advocate for 17 years working with organizations such as Computer Credit Counseling Service of the La Cross, Catholic Charities Credit Counseling, Veterans Assistance Foundation and other community organizations to help educate people in the wise use of Credit, Budgeting, will Credit history building and investing for their future.

As a credit counselor, with Consumer Credit Counseling Services She has had the opportunity present a financial literacy program called "Money in Motion"to the Foundation's Step Up Program participants.   Jackie has worked with the residents on an individual basis to help them review their credit history and prepare a action plan with them to repair, correct and rebuild your credit history .Jackie Urban
Jackie grew up on a small beef farm near Hillsboro Wisconsin.  She migrated to a La Cross to go to college and decided to stay in the area to work and play.
Jackie and her husband, who is a Veteran of Foreign Wars ,are avid motorcycle enthusiasts and love to explore Wisconsin's many Counties in the summer.
Currently Jackie is a member education officer Altra Federal Credit Union in La Crosse Wisconsin.  She has been financial literacy advocate for 17 years working with organizations such as Computer Credit Counseling Service of the La Cross, Catholic Charities Credit Counseling, Veterans Assistance Foundation and other community organizations to help educate people in the wise use of Credit, Budgeting, will Credit history building and investing for their future.

As a credit counselor, with Consumer Credit Counseling Services She has had the opportunity present a financial literacy program called "Money in Motion"to the Foundation's Step Up Program participants.   Jackie has worked with the residents on an individual basis to help them review their credit history and prepare a action plan with them to repair, correct and rebuild your credit history.











 

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