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USA Cares Announces Two New Appointments to Their National Board of Directors
21 December

Veterans MG Robert L. Walter Jr., USA (Ret.) and Col. Suzanne Bergmeister, USAF (Ret.) Join the Board with Over 60 Years of Combined Military Service

USA Cares, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports veterans and military families in crisis, is proud to announce that Major General Robert L. Walter, Jr., USA (Ret.) and Colonel Suzanne Bergmeister, USAF (Ret.) have been appointed to the organization’s national board of directors.

“Robert and Suzanne both bring a unique perspective and a clear connection to the veterans and military families that seek our assistance,” said Hank Patton, Executive Director of USA Cares. “Along with an impressive business acumen, Suzanne’s presence on the Board will further increase awareness of the issues female veterans face, allowing USA Cares to better address and resolve their needs. Robert’s vast military experience is exceeded only by his desire to serve his fellow brothers and sisters in arms. Their combined experience and skillsets will lend our organization an edge as we expand support for our mission.”

Robert Walter retired from the Army in 2017, most recently serving as the Associate Deputy Director for Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service for Community HUMINT. Prior to his assignment at the CIA, Walter served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff of Intelligence at the Pentagon, and earlier as Deputy Commanding General of the Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

“After more than 30 years of service, I was looking for a way to continue serving the military community,” said Walter. “I enlisted at eighteen, with a strong desire to serve my country. For me, being a Soldier was my ‘American Dream’ and being able continue that service in support of veterans, service members and their families through USA Cares is an opportunity to extend that dream.”

A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, Walter is a 2004 graduate of the National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy, and also holds a Master of Arts in Security Management. In addition to USA Cares, Walter is currently serving on the Board of Directors for G2K Labs, a privately-held supplier of IT security solutions for governments, agencies, telecom and internet service providers.

Suzanne Bergmeister is a retired Air Force reservist with 30 years of service. As a reservist, she began her career at Edwards AFB in California, where she served as an Avionics Flight Test Engineer on the B-1 Bomber and B-2 Stealth Bomber, and as a Project Manager for the Special Operations Combined Test Force. Bergmeister was most recently assigned to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where she served as the National Training Director for the Admissions Liaison Officer Force. She holds a number of advanced degrees, including a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. In addition to her military service, Bergmeister has 19 years of experience working with both established and aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups.

“I am very excited to join the board of USA Cares,” said Bergmeister. “As a veteran, and now as a parent of a service member, I understand how different and difficult military life can be.  I’m excited to dedicate my time, experience and energy to this organization because they are committed to making a difference in the lives of service members, veterans and military families across the nation. I look forward to doing great things with USA Cares.”

Currently, Bergmeister serves as the Assistant Director of the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville, of which she is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Bergmeister is also the Chair and former President of Venture Connectors (formerly the Venture Club of Louisville) and is one of the founders of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NEW). She serves on the Board of Directors on the Community Foundation of Louisville, the Algood Food Company and several start-ups. She is also on the advisory board of Greater Louisville Inc’s Enterprise Corp.

“We are so honored to have Rob and Suzanne join our first class team of board members here at USA Cares,” said Bill Roby, Board Chairman for USA Cares. “The talent these two dedicated individuals possess will further enhance the great work of those currently on the board and will help us take our organization to the next level.”

For press inquiries or more information, please contact Aubrey Gonzalez, USA Cares Communications and Media Specialist at (270) 872-4422 ext. 137 or by email at aubrey@usacares.org.

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