The Safe America Foundation introduced Ted Daywalt as the Chair of its newly created Wounded Warriors and Veteran’s Task Force. Conceptualized in 2012 and launched in early 2013, the new Safe America task force brings together private, public and non-profit sector leaders to address issues of wounded veteran mental health and employment, among other issues.
One of his first efforts as Chair will be the 2013 launch of a Wounded Warriors Veterans Assistance Center in Atlanta, GA. Housed at the Atlanta Medical Center, thanks to office space donated to the project by Tenant Healthcare, the center anticipates providing wounded veterans and their families a “one-stop shop” for navigating and securing resources available for treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and employment.
“We’re honored and fortunate to have a leader of Ted’s caliber head this task force,” said Len Pagano, Safe America Foundation President and CEO. “As a veteran himself, his commitment to and advocacy on behalf of our nation’s wounded soldiers is second to none.”
“When men and women make the commitment to join the Armed Services, they do so with the expectation they will be taken care of if they’re wounded,” noted Daywalt. “With suicides eclipsing the number of those killed in action and high veteran unemployment, more than 14 percent in some areas, our nation is AWOL in upholding its commitment to these wounded warriors. I am proud to have been selected as Chair of Safe America’s Wounded Warriors and Veteran’s Task Force. I know we will make a real impact in improving veterans’ lives.”
Since 1999, Ted Daywalt has been the president and CEO of VetJobs, the leading military job board on the Internet, sponsored and partially owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is regularly cited and interviewed in the press, including USA Today, 60 Minutes, Military Times, New York Times, NBC, PBS Frontline, NPR, CNN and FOX Business News.
Ted Daywalt served on active duty in the Navy for seven years, initially as a Line Officer on a destroyer with cruises to South America, Europe and Russia. He was then assigned to the Commander United States Naval Forces, European headquarters in London, England, as an intelligence watch officer and later as a geopolitical analyst with responsibilities for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. In 1978 he transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with 28 years of service.