Colonel David W. Sutherland, US Army (Ret.) is the chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center and Chief Strategist for Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services and the president of Sutherland Partnerships, Inc. In these capacities he actively contributes to numerous national veteran and military family committees and boards, including the Student Veterans of America, Hope for the Warriors and the Gallant Few. Sutherland frequently speaks in communities at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and leader 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.