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National Home Board Selects Michael Wilson As New Executive Director

CSM (ret) SPHR, Michael Wilson

The Board of Trustees has selected Michael Wilson as the Executive Director of the VFW National Home for Children.  Michael succeeds Fred Puffenberger, who retired in October 2021. Michael will begin this new role on January 3rd, 2022.

Michael is a retired Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major with many years of leadership experience in civilian and military organizations. Michael most recently was the CEO and Principal Consultant for Pro Leader Consulting LLC, supporting non-profit agencies and organizations in organizational leadership and development. 

Michael is a veteran of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and has spent much of his time over the last several years working with veterans and veteran organizations in efforts to increase veteran services and support throughout the state. 

“Veterans and their families are often underserved, and the issues they face while transitioning home can be difficult,” says Wilson, “it’s been my passion to support them and increase awareness of their needs within our communities.”

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies with a focus on Business and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University and was the Distinguished Graduate of the Lou Holtz Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Trine University in May of 2021. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy.

“It’s an honor for me to be selected for this opportunity,” Wilson says, “I have worked with the VFW National Home on many occasions and know this place is magical, it’s helped so many families over its 96 years, and I am proud to be able to bring my talents to the team.”

The VFW National Home for Children has been a place of healing, support, and refuge for families and children of veterans, military, VFW, and Auxiliary members since 1925.  The National Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports the needs of these families and children challenged with transition, reintegration, and other issues creating disadvantages to sustainable living in the community. 

Located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, the National Home is the only one like it in the nation and is predominantly funded by individuals and organizations (such as the VFW, its Auxiliaries) as well as businesses and corporations that support veteran causes.  For more information, please call toll-free at (800)424-8360 or visit www.vfwnationalhome.org.

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