Watch Fred Wellman Ret Army w/ScoutComms, Kelly L Land w/Combined Arms, Jim Lorraine, CEO AWP, Jim McDonough IVMF, Karl H McDonough, Vets’ Community Connection

Watch Fred Wellman Ret Army w/ScoutComms, Kelly L Land w/Combined Arms, Jim Lorraine, CEO AWP, Jim McDonough IVMF, Karl H McDonough, Vets’ Community Connection

Introduce from the 2018 5th Symposium

General Session 1 at 5th Symposium

Defining Community and Collective Impact

Fred Wellman (Ret Army) Advocating for Veterans and Military Families & Empowering those who Support them

Kelly L Land, Exists to accelerate the transition from military to civilian life

Jim Lorraine, CEO America’s Warrior Partnership. 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Flight Nurse. His service includes operations in Saudi Arabia, Central America, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. President and CEO

Jim McDonough Institute for Veterans and Military Families Syracuse University

Provided Programs & Services to more than 20,000 veterans, service members and their families in 2017

Karl H McDonough, a community-based initiative designed to involve a greater number of individuals in veteran reintegration efforts.

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About Kelly L. Land, Executive Direction


Surviving a Helicopter Crash while serving as a US Navy Officer in 2005 altered the trajectory of Kelly’s life and career.


He is only here today because he connected with other Veterans through service. Now as Executive Director of Combined Arms, nothing is more importand to him than ensuring is more important to him than ensuring that Veterans don’t feel stranded, disconnected or alone. His purpose is to execute the strategic vision and mission of Combined Arms as a proactive measure to see to it that no Veteran falls through the cracks


About Combined Arms


Combined Arms is a dynamic, ever-evolving collaborative impact organization that is using an innovative approach to technology and service delivery to disrupt the veteran transition experience. By providing comprehensive support to military members and their families as they transition to civilian life, we are accelerating veteran transition in order to deliver maximum impact on Houston.


Combined Arms streamlines the connection between veterans and their families from all branches of the military with organizations that serve them. We’ve created a new veteran service model, focusing on collective impact—reinventing what it means to serve veterans by creating pathways for them to access resources based on exactly what they’ve asked for, leaving the outdated model of “services in silos” behind.


About Jim Lorraine President and CEO


Jim Served 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Flight Nurse. His service includes operations in Saudi Arabia, Central America, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq.


Jim Lorraine is the President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, a national not-for-profit organization that empowers communities to empower veterans.


Prior to his current duties, Jim served as the founding Director of the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition, a wounded warrior advocacy organization recognized as the gold standard in supporting more than 4,000 special operations force wounded, ill, or injured and their families.


During his six years as the Director of the Care Coalition, Jim also served as Special Assistant for Warrior and Family Support to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this role, he created a document transforming the Chairman’s “Sea of Goodwill” concept into a strategy.


Jim served 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Flight Nurse. His service includes operations in Saudi Arabia, Central America, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a staff officer, Jim served as a Fellow to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and lastly as the Deputy Command Surgeon for the United States Special Operations Command.


His military awards include the Bronze Star, Secretary of Defense Outstanding Civilian Award, USSOCOM Outstanding Public Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Exceptional Civilian Award.


Jim was born and raised in Clinton, New York. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Nursing and also a graduate of Webster University where he received a master’s degree in computer resources and Information Management.




America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute.


From city to city and town to town across America, there is no one organization or platform in place to ensure each unique veteran is fully and holistically supported. Each city, county and state is different; some are equipped to handle the return of hundreds and thousands of post-service veterans. In most places, however, scattered services are provided by disconnected agencies.


America’s Warrior Partnership is the connection that brings local veteran-centric nonprofits together through coordination and collaboration, ensuring consistent information is obtained and relevant services are provided. We attack inefficiency and amplify the work of established nonprofits and government agencies.


America’s Warrior Partnership brings the necessary and unifying resources to communities and makes it easier for the men and women who served our nation to lead the lives they deserve.



America’s Warrior Partnership is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.



Warrior Community Integration is an all-out intervention. The program is a force-multiplier to fill the gaps that exist between organizations and to link nonprofits with more warriors who need help.



America’s Warrior Partnership is a national advocate for Warriors and those who serve them.



An independent software system custom-designed to make helping Warriors more efficient, easy, and impactful.



Veteran serving professionals come together from across the nation to share best practices, find creative solutions, and form new collaborative partnerships to better serve the veterans in their communities.


About Jim McDonough Army Officer and Commander


Institute for Veterans and Military Families


Managing director of programs and services for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).


Before joining the IVMF, he served as senior fellow for veterans affairs at the New York State Health Foundation and previously as president and CEO of Veterans Outreach Center Inc., located in Rochester, N.Y. The center is the nation’s oldest community-based non-profit for veterans and military families. McDonough is also a former director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs.


McDonough was commissioned as an air defense artillery officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, Class 1-82, on March 11, 1982. Following graduation, he attended the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Improved Hawk Weapons Course and the Air Defense Command and Control Course at Fort Bliss, Texas.


He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. His first assignment was as platoon leader, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fulda, Germany.


Following a stint as brigade electronic counter-counter measures training officer, 10th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Darmstadt, Germany, he returned to Fort Bliss, to attend the Air Defense Artillery Officer Advance Course and PATRIOT Weapons Course. Upon graduation he returned to Germany and assumed command of Battery A, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, Giessen, where he commanded for 29 months. Following command, he was selected to participate in the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling Program at Indiana State University where he earned an M.A. in communications.


Following graduate school, he was assigned as strategic planner in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs and then speechwriter to the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Togo D. West, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. From 1995-1996 he served as battalion operations and later, executive officer, for 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Suwon, Republic of Korea. Following Korea, he reported to the Joint Staff, Operations Directorate, for three years.


McDonough was selected to command the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bliss, where he commanded from 1999-2001. In 2001, he was selected to attend the Army War College, Centennial Class, in Carlisle, Pa. Following the Army War College, he was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, as professor of outreach at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.


In 2003, McDonough deployed as G3, current operations officer, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, he was assigned as Inspector General for New York State.


McDonough has received numerous awards and commendation for his service to including the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (w/1OLC), Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/2OLC), Joint Staff Commendation Medal (w/1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/5OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2OLC). During his service, he wore the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge and Parachutist Badge.


Upon retirement from the Army following 26 years of service, McDonough became the director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs. In that role, he was responsible for addressing the needs of nearly one million veterans and their families across the state of New York.


He is married to the former Barbara Schehr of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., together they have three children.


About Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)


The IVMF is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families.

  • Who we serve: Individuals, organizations and communities
  • What we do: Program development & delivery, services and research, policy & evaluation
  • How we do it: As an innovative, high performing, efficient and effective organization

In Service to Those Who Have Served


The IVMF is committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families. Supported by a world class advisory board and public and private partners, our professional staff delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras.


The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; and works with communities and non-profits across the nation to enhance service delivery for the 22.5 million veterans throughout the United States and their families.


About Karl H McDonough, Vets’ Community Connection

President and Co-Founder


Kari McDonough is co-founder of Vets’ Community Connections. She developed this initiative following her experience volunteering with the Red Cross at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and with Give an Hour where she assisted in the rollout of the Community Blueprint program.


Prior to this, Kari worked as a management consultant for Andersen Consulting and for Accenture, assisting government, private industry and nonprofit clients on multi-million-dollar projects to design, develop and implement large organization change.


She also worked at the Council on Foundations optimizing corporate giving programs


About Vets’ Community Connection


Community owned and designed


Wherever VCC operates, the community plays a significant role in its design and implementation. Our local Advisory Groups include community leaders from all walks of life.


Builds upon existing resources


We partner with local 2-1-1/ 3-1-1 entities, which already connect residents to nonprofit or government resources. VCC adds the additional layer of connecting to community members/businesses.


Low cost


By sponsoring AmeriCorps VISTA members and utilizing in-kind space/technology donations, we run each VCC site on a minimal budget.



Thank You for the following for making these programs possible

*Army Veteran William Wischnewsky


*Colin Clark (Plane Ticket)

*America’s Warrior Partnership