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Colonel David W. Sutherland
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Colonel David W. Sutherland is the co-founder and Chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services (Dixon Center) a member of the Easter Seals Military and Veterans Initiative and actively contributes to numerous national veteran and military family committees and boards. Sutherland speaks in communities at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and leader for transformational change. He is a vocal advocate for our service members, military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen. Colonel Sutherland culminated his 29 years of service following combat Brigade Command in Iraq, as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus on Warrior and Family Support. By visiting hundreds of communities and assisting thousands of organizations, he created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions for veterans and their families. Awards and decorations include, among others, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge Second Award and Senior Parachutist Badge. He is also the 2013 Commitment to Service Award recipient presented by Give An Hour, 2008 Freedom Award recipient presented by No Greater Sacrifice Foundation and the 2011 Meritorious Service Award recipient presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for his work on behalf of returning service members, veterans, military families and families of the fallen.

Entries by Colonel David W. Sutherland

Our Post-9/11 Vets: Primed for Greatness

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Personal experience tells me today's 2.7 million Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are poised to become tomorrow's next big thing.

By the end of this year, all but 9,800 of them will have left Afghanistan, ending 13 years of military engagement in the...

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Moving Past the Thanks

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Veterans Day is a very special day in my family. We take time to remember the men and women with whom I have served, many of whom have eaten dinner with us, played with the kids and crashed on our couch. In the military, everyone is family.

My military family...

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Veteran Services, There Is No "I" in "Team"

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 2:12 PM

In his last public speech, the great Revolutionary War orator Patrick Henry cried, "United we stand, divided we fall." It seems fitting to recall this saying the week our country celebrates Independence Day, a holiday made possible by America's first organized army.

It is also imperative that we remember...

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