Our Leadership


  • Erwin Andersen

    Erwin Andersen

    Founder / Advisory Board Chairman

    After being born in Denmark during World War II, my family moved to Canada in 1956. At the age of 13 I designed and built my first house with my father in Vancouver, BC. In 1960, when we moved to Chicago, I enlisted in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at age 17 and supervised the building of a wooden bridge in South Korea in 1962.

    In 1969, I started

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  • Catherine Bruce

    Catherine Bruce

    Co-Founder / Advisory Board Member

    I was born at a naval hospital in Virginia, where my father was stationed. He later served at a shipyard in Philadelphia. Following his military service, he worked at The Ship Systems Engineering Station - SSES known at that time as NAVSSES. Personal experience with several friends and family members, including my Godfather, that have PTSD, drives my involvement with the Veterans Are Foundation.

    As one of the co-founders of VAF I

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Board Members

  • Susan Price

    Susan Price

    Board Member / Gold Star Mother

    Susan is an Army Veteran and the daughter of a Marine. She is also the Mother of a Fallen Marine Hero, Aaron M Kenefick, USMC. KIA 8 September 2009, Ganjgal, Afghanistan. Aaron will forever be tied to the Medal of Honor recipients Marine Seargent Dakota Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson; their roles played out during the Ganjgal Ambush.

    Susan is a Veterans advocate and a National voice. She has

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  • Tony Lang

    Tony Lang

    Board Member

    Tony grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with both grandfathers, father, and brother all having served in the military. He moved to Florida in high school and later went on to graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL with a Microbiology degree. After college Tony spent the next 12 years in Engineering and Product Development for our Defense Industry. His specialty was working and consulting with big companies like Lockheed

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  • Patricia Allen

    Patricia Allen


    My father was a soldier during World War II and I am a dedicated Army wife. I have been married for 48 years to my husband Jim – a retired Army Sergeant. Jim spent three tours in Viet Nam, was in Korea, and also the Cuban crisis. He is now retired, 21 years, from the Army and is 100% disabled from agent orange. My brother is also a Viet Nam veteran with PTSD and is

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  • Richard Hauschild

    Richard Hauschild

    Executive Director

    Rich was born in Chicago not too far from Wrigley Field.  He met the love of his life in high school.  After receiving degrees from Northern Illinois University and beginning their careers in the Chicago area, they ran away from “winter” to the sunny south. For the next five years Rich continued to establish himself in an industrial sales and management career that lead to opening an industrial component part hardware business.  For

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  • Robert Brend

    Robert Brend

    Executive Director of Communications

    I grew up just outside of Chicago, Illinois.  My life growing up was not surrounded by military but I have always had a great respect and admiration for those who serve and have served.  I currently live in Norfolk, Virgina and am surrounded by a vast military presence.  I also have friends and family currently serving, of whom I have a constant admiration.  As I see and experince military  life more

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Advisory Board Members

  • Rhonda Andersen

    Rhonda Andersen

    Advisory Board Member

    Rhonda graduated from Devry of Chicago with a Degree in Computers and Business. She went on to work in many financing institutions such as JP Morgan, Sumitomo Bank and ABN – AMRO in downtown Chicago. She has obtained her Series 6, 63, 7 licenses, Real Estate, Insurance and Mortgage Broker. Rhonda has taken her business degree and her financial background to be able to educate clients in both arenas to help them obtain

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Our Heroes

They protect us and our freedoms. Military Veterans and First Responders (Police - Fire & Rescue - EMS) are our “Heroes of Service”.

Help the VAF

Aaron Kenefick

Purple Heart recipient, Gunnery Sergent Aaron M Kenefick was KIA during the Ganjgal Ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2009.

His Story

Susan Price

As a Mother of a Fallen American Hero, I look forward to this new chapter in my life. Building a new Foundation, with like minded souls.

Her Story