New NVF Board Members

Ruffin and WilburWe are honored to introduce John Ruffin and Gregory Wilbur as new members of the NVF Board.

Former US Army Officer and Viet Nam Veteran John Ruffin met Shad Meshad in the 1980’s while Shad was working within the VA, spearheading the Vet Center Program. John was a consultant to the VA at that time. Since they reconnected John has worked closely with the NVF as a volunteer over the past 3 years. John’s focus on the board is to see the NVF expand in its capacities nationwide and our work to continually grow in its outreach.

Ruffin has been a management consultant to organizations for over 30 years and worked with many senior executive teams. His considerable experience and expertise will be a tremendous asset to the NVF.

Gregory Wilbur completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including a tour as an embedded advisor to the Iraqi Police in Ramadi. Before leaving active duty he was twice awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Wilbur attended New York University School of Law where he helped found NYU’s student group for veterans and their supporters, Students for the Education and Representation of Veterans (SERV). After receiving his juris doctorate, Wilbur worked as a post-bar law clerk at the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, DC. He is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits. Mr. Wilbur views helping his fellow veterans as a lifelong calling. We’re excited to have him join the Board.

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