Executive Director of USA Cares

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Hank Patton

Hank is an Army veteran and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.  He has extensive fundraising experience with many conservation non-profit organizations including: National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and Camp Brent Laneer.  During his 8 years at the National Wild Turkey Federation he was responsible for the chapter development, fundraising, membership, corporate development and volunteer management in MD, DE, NJ and KY.  Hank also served as Deputy Commissioner, and Director of Law Enforcement with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for 10 years.

Hank has been married to his wife Susan for 33 years and they have a daughter Becky.

Excerpt from USA Cares Newsletter Interview

Your bio says that you served in the Army for over 20 years. Can you tell me a little bit about that time?  

My military career started in 1981, as a Reservist and a member of the ROTC program at Eastern Kentucky University. I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1983, finished my degree, and entered active duty as an Armor/Cavalry officer in 1985. I served in armor and cavalry units, deployed overseas, and taught Army ROTC at Morehead State University. I left active duty in 1996, and finished my duty in the Reserves until 2005.

How does your first-hand knowledge of Military life make you a perfect fit for an organization focused on Veterans and their families?

I am very proud of my service in the military, and I am honored to have lead, and served, with some of the greatest people I have ever known. Most folks can’t relate to the sacrifices our service members endure in the name of freedom. Having served, I understand the family hardship, separation, inadequate pay, and less than ideal conditions that they function in every day. I don’t know it makes me a perfect fit, but it certainly fuels my passion to give them a hand up when they need it.

(rest of interview in the 2015 2nd Quarterly Newsletter of USA Cares – sign up here!)