COMMITTED TO OUR PURPOSE,
LEAD BY OUR VALUES
Our demonstration of love, care, and compassion drives our mission to reconnect veterans and their families as they discover their unique purpose.
Through the support of community partners, we help veterans and their families develop and grow in a post-military environment.
WHY WE SHINE
VIL provides an unique approach and deep passion for helping veterans and their families thrive which has propelled this engaging and prosperous program.
Michael Altepeter, brings to our team his experience as an U.S. Army Retired Combat Infantryman, and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. Following his time in the Army Michael served as a private security contractor protecting the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, various dignitaries and diplomats vital to operations in the Middle East.
His unique combat experience along with overcoming his own personal struggles related to his combat experience, brings a unique and vital perspective in reaching our veterans.
His passion is to see Veterans heal from the experiences of war and find new purpose in their mission here at home.
Living beyond the statistics
Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals are committed to breaking the status quo by helping to improve our veterans’ quality of life.
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James Jessup is a retired USAF Master Sergeant and a veteran of multiple combat deployments providing close air support and intelligence with both the U-2 and A-10. James continues to provide support to Moody AFB’s mission as a highly efficient fighter squadron scheduler with AOCE, inc. He is proficient in team leadership, analytical skills, and time/resource management.
His past experience includes Production Superintendent for the 75th Fighter Squadron where his responsibilities included managing up to 350 employees in five departments as well as maintaining a fleet of 28 aircraft worth $470 Million. He also served as a maintenance personnel manager and as the A-10 east coast demonstration team leader.
Bryan served on active duty with the US Air Force for 2003 to 2011. During his service, he was deployed twice – to Afghanistan in 2005 and to Iraq in 2007. As a tactical aircraft craftsman on the A-10A/C Warthog, he was directly responsible in supporting countless close-air support missions for our men and women in harm’s way.
After his active duty service, Bryan completed a Masters degree in Divinity with a concentration in chaplaincy. In 2015, he completed an M.A. in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University, and received an ecclesiastical endorsement from the North American Mission Board as an Air Force Chaplain.
Bryan’s desire is that every veteran finds a renewed sense of purpose, stands firm in his/her faith, and steps forward on a path of empowerment
Joseph Curran III
Joseph Curran is a retired USAF Technical Sergeant, veteran of multiple combat deployments and Air Force wounded warrior. He provided on ground close precision engagement and intelligence gathering capabilities as well as air base ground defense and security operations. Joseph was responsible for the safety and security of over 100 million dollars in USAF assets and 10,000 Air Force personnel.
His experience includes positions such as Operations NCOIC for the 71st Security Forces Squadron where he was charged the management and daily operations for four flights. He also held the position of Squad Leader at the 824 Base Defense Squadron where he was responsible for the training, tactics and deployment of a 13 squad in a rapidly deployable, multifaceted unit. Joseph continues to serve the veteran community through cooperation with multiple veteran organizations.
His education includes a undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice as well as attending Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Non Commissioned Officers Academy and Airman Leadership School.
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