We honor all who’ve served our country. In this special interview podcast, we present an exclusive interview with Kimberly Mitchell, President and Co-Founder of the Easter Seal’s Dickson Center for Veterans Services, and Michael Yauger, National Director of the Teamsters Military Assistance Program. Both have served our country, and each comes from different military generations. And, both hold our Vietnam Veterans very close to their hearts.
Kimberly Mitchell is the President and Co-Founder of the Easter Seals Dixon Center. Kim speaks at conferences across the country, and is a vocal advocate for our military service members, veterans, military families, and families of the fallen. She is also an official spokesperson for the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee.
Kim served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving on board surface ships and at shore commands. Her last 2 years on active duty were as the Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support. She has visited hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations and together with Colonel David Sutherland, has created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and military families. Kim has spoken at the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley Women of Achievement Awards Dinner; several events sponsored by Bank of America; General Federation of Women’s Clubs; Society of Fundraising Professionals Conference on Philanthropy; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Annual Father’s Day Ceremony at the Wall; and the first Vietnam Veterans Honor Flight in 2013.
Michael L. Yauger is the President of Teamsters Local 786. A decorated Vietnam War veteran and the former International Vice President of the 173rd Airborne Society, Michael first joined the Teamsters Union in 1991 as an organizer. He is an International Representative of the Teamsters Human Rights Commission, the National Coordinator of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Helmets to Hardhats Initiative and a member of the Teamsters Central Region Construction Policy Committee. Michael currently serves as a Trustee for the International Building Trades’ Helmets to Hardhats Program, the Illinois Teamsters Employers Apprenticeship Training Fund and Local 786’s Vending, Health and Welfare, and Building Material Pension funds. A lifelong Chicagoan, he is a board member of the Chicago Hospitality Association, the organizer of the City of Chicago’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade and an honorary committeeman of Board Kup’s Purple Heart Foundation.