Retired Marine Corps commander joins Operation Military Family advisory board

Jim Canfield, president of Operation Military Family, Gen. Chuck Krulak and Mike Schindler, OMF founder and CEO.
Jim Canfield, president of Operation Military Family, Gen. Chuck Krulak and Mike Schindler, OMF founder and CEO.

Edmonds-based Operation Military Family (OMF) announced that General Charles “Chuck” C. Krulak, retired Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined the organization’s advisory board.

According to an OMF news release, Krulak “will provide invaluable expertise and insight into service member and military family transition issues, assist with facilitating critical connections at some of the highest levels of government and provide council on ‘best practices.'” His expertise will aid OMF’s efforts to ensure that veterans are better equipped to make the transition to civilian life, the release said.

“The team at Operation Military Family is honored to have General Chuck Krulak, who is well-known for being a man of character and accomplishment, advise us on how to improve what we do for our military, our veterans, and their families especially during transition,” said Operation Military Family founder and Navy veteran Mike Schindler. “His incredible servant leadership and strategic input will be invaluable to OMF’s mission.”

Kruiak said: “I am thrilled to be a part of Operation Military Family’s ground breaking efforts to help our transitioning military and their families. I applaud their ingenuity to leverage technology in a way that has never been done before and their heart to take the right approach at all levels of government and community while keeping the care of the Veteran at the center. These service members and their families have sacrificed in many ways for a grateful nation. We owe it to them to work together as Americans.”

Krulak is president of Birmingham-Southern College, and also serves as the co-chairman of the Founders Group of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He was executive vice chairman and chief administration officer for MBNA Bank from 2004-2005. As the senior leader of the Marine Corps, Gen. Krulak was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with overall responsibility for recruiting, training, operational readiness, and welfare of more than 220,000 active and reserve forces and 20,000 civilian employees. Krulak served in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. He has two Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars and many other military decorations.


  1. Perhaps the General can now find time on his agenda to help advocate for the over 250,000 sick Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War who to this day are still being denied VA benefits for their illnesses. If so, he’d be the first Marine Corps flag officer to speak up on this issue. 22 years and counting.

    Semper Fi
    David K Winnett Jr
    Captain, USMC (Ret.)

  2. Captain: you are once again standing up for us troops. You are the epitome of our motto: SEMPER FIDELIS

  3. Gentlemen, I am most willing to broker your concerns to the General. Drop me a line or swing by our office and I will be certain I mention this to the General.

    • Mr. Schindler – Please give me a day or so. I’d like to prepare a memo that will briefly explain our concerns. If you would be willing to forward it to the General I would greatly appreciate it.


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