"Send-A-Vet"® is a Registered Trademark Federally certified 501c(3) non-profit SER. NO. 86-947,480, Filed 03-21-2016 UBI: 603339888, EIN: 46-3898253

Rick Sutter, Corporal, US Marine Corps, Director and President, was born in Tacoma, WA in 1955.

I was the youngest of three boys. My father worked in the dairy business and we raised livestock on our farm. My mother stayed home with us kids. I attended All Saints Catholic School in Puyallup and graduated from Puyallup High.

After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, my MOS was a Fire Direction Control person but I moved in being a Forward Observer. I was in the tail end of the Vietnam War, evacuating the South Vietnamese.

After coming home from the military, I worked in the construction trades mainly finishing concrete. In 1985 I started my own company doing decorative concrete. I’m thirty years strong and don't foresee an end soon.

In 2010, I volunteered for an organization that was helping veterans and terminally ill young adults. After three years, I felt that the organization wasn't fulfilling what they set out do so I decided to start an organization strictly for combat injured, post-Vietnam veterans.

I knew there wasn't much of this done in the Vietnam era and those soldiers had to live with it. This is not only putting a big smile on these brave young men and women who have served and sacrificed for us but, as for myself, I couldn't be rewarded more. I wanted to share my vacation home in Idaho with these soldiers and also thank them for what they sacrificed for me.

Thank you to all the donors, sponsors, and dedicated volunteers who help make Send-A-Vet a powerful resource for our nation’s combat-injured veterans.

If you are interested in Volunteer Service or donating, please see our “Ways to Donate” page.

Thank you!

Rick Sutter, Corporal, US Marine Corps, Director and President, was born in Tacoma, WA in 1955.

I was the youngest of three boys. My father worked in the dairy business and we raised livestock on our farm. My mother stayed home with us kids. I attended All Saints Catholic School in Puyallup and graduated from Puyallup High.

After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, my MOS was a Fire Direction Control person but I moved in being a Forward Observer. I was in the tail end of the Vietnam War, evacuating the South Vietnamese.

After coming home from the military, I worked in the construction trades mainly finishing concrete. In 1985 I started my own company doing decorative concrete. I’m thirty years strong and don't foresee an end soon.

In 2010, I volunteered for an organization that was helping veterans and terminally ill young adults. After three years, I felt that the organization wasn't fulfilling what they set out do so I decided to start an organization strictly for combat injured, post-Vietnam veterans.

I knew there wasn't much of this done in the Vietnam era and those soldiers had to live with it. This is not only putting a big smile on these brave young men and women who have served and sacrificed for us but, as for myself, I couldn't be rewarded more. I wanted to share my vacation home in Idaho with these soldiers and also thank them for what they sacrificed for me.

Thank you to all the donors, sponsors, and dedicated volunteers who help make Send-A-Vet a powerful resource for our nation’s combat-injured veterans.

If you are interested in Volunteer Service or donating, please see our “Ways to Donate” page.

Thank you!

Stacey Kelley, Secretary - Bio coming soon!

Stacey Kelley, Secretary - Bio coming soon!

Jaremy Day, Board Member, In charge of Networking

Jaremy Day was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. He has been married to his lovely wife for over 20 years and has three wonderful children. His hobbies include camping, hunting, and fishing. Although Jaremy never did enlist into the military, he has immense respect for the men and women who have dedicated their time and lives to serve and protect God’s greatest nation.

“I have always had an inner desire to support our Veterans. It was wasn’t until I went to the Send-A-Vet Foundation Banquet Dinner in March of 2015 that it came clear: joining this Foundation would allow me the opportunity to support those whom have dedicated everything to protect the United States of America”.

Jaremy contacted MarkDaniel shortly after the 2015 banquet, wondering if there is anything he could offer to be of assistance in helping the Foundation's cause. Because of Jaremy’s background in business and sales, it only felt right to elect him as the Foundation's Marketing and Donations Director.

“I look forward to seeing the lives of combat wounded Veterans be changed through this wonderful Foundation.”

Jaremy Day, Board Member, In charge of Networking

Jaremy Day was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. He has been married to his lovely wife for over 20 years and has three wonderful children. His hobbies include camping, hunting, and fishing. Although Jaremy never did enlist into the military, he has immense respect for the men and women who have dedicated their time and lives to serve and protect God’s greatest nation.

“I have always had an inner desire to support our Veterans. It was wasn’t until I went to the Send-A-Vet Foundation Banquet Dinner in March of 2015 that it came clear: joining this Foundation would allow me the opportunity to support those whom have dedicated everything to protect the United States of America”.

Jaremy contacted MarkDaniel shortly after the 2015 banquet, wondering if there is anything he could offer to be of assistance in helping the Foundation's cause. Because of Jaremy’s background in business and sales, it only felt right to elect him as the Foundation's Marketing and Donations Director.

“I look forward to seeing the lives of combat wounded Veterans be changed through this wonderful Foundation.”

Brett DiFrancesco, Board Member, Foods Program Directeor & Culinary Specialist

Hi, my name is Brett DiFrancesco.

I am from Bloomington, Minnesota. I lived there most of my childhood. I went to Thomas Jefferson High School, where I graduated. I then enlisted in the military in 1996 at the age of 17. I have had many duty stations to include Ray Barracks, to Ft. Lewis, where I ended my career in 2010. In 2006, I deployed with B co 1-36 Infantry (Spartans), 1st Armor Division, Task Force 1-37 Armor (Bandits) to Ramada, Iraq.

While in Iraq, during a patrol, I was injured from an IED explosion. From that point on, I started my journey to retirement while trying to heal. I ended up at Fort Lewis, Washington, where, after 14 years in the military, I was medically retired due to the sustained injuries from the IED blast in Ramada, Iraq.

I was not raised in a hunting and fishing environment. It was not until after the military that I was introduced to outdoor healing. Being able to go hunting and fishing helped me start the healing process for my body, mind, and soul. Being able to help others going through the same struggles has given me a better understanding of myself and how I am able to help other veterans who may be struggling with their own challenges.

Brett DiFrancesco, Board Member, Foods Program Directeor & Culinary Specialist

Hi, my name is Brett DiFrancesco.

I am from Bloomington, Minnesota. I lived there most of my childhood. I went to Thomas Jefferson High School, where I graduated. I then enlisted in the military in 1996 at the age of 17. I have had many duty stations to include Ray Barracks, to Ft. Lewis, where I ended my career in 2010. In 2006, I deployed with B co 1-36 Infantry (Spartans), 1st Armor Division, Task Force 1-37 Armor (Bandits) to Ramada, Iraq.

While in Iraq, during a patrol, I was injured from an IED explosion. From that point on, I started my journey to retirement while trying to heal. I ended up at Fort Lewis, Washington, where, after 14 years in the military, I was medically retired due to the sustained injuries from the IED blast in Ramada, Iraq.

I was not raised in a hunting and fishing environment. It was not until after the military that I was introduced to outdoor healing. Being able to go hunting and fishing helped me start the healing process for my body, mind, and soul. Being able to help others going through the same struggles has given me a better understanding of myself and how I am able to help other veterans who may be struggling with their own challenges.

William B. Hampton, Board Member

Current Assignment: Sergeant Hampton is a stay at home Father, avid Outdoorsman, fisherman, Hunter, and Farmer to over 100 animals on 2 Acres at his Wife's Grandparents home in North Bend, WA.

Military History: 

September 1999 signed up for the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) as a Junior in high school.

July 22, 2001 Enlisted into the United States Marine Corps as a PFC (E-2) at RS Seattle, WA with the infantryman option (0300).

Oct. 19, 2001 Graduated from Marine Corp Recruiting Depot, San Diego, CA.

Jan. 15, 2002 Graduated from School of Infantry, Infantry Training Battalion Camp Pendleton CA as an 0311, 0321 recon option.

Jan. 18, 2002 went to BRC (Basic Reconnaissance Course) on NAB (Naval Amphibious Base) Coronado CA.

Apr. 12, 2002 Assigned to 3RD Battalion 7TH Marines Kilo Company 1ST PLT 1ST Squad. Billet assigned was SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) gunner. Completed two combat deployments with Kilo Company. (March 2002 to March 2005)

March 15, 2005 assigned to Weapons Field Training Battalion Edison Range MCRD. (Apr 2005)

Graduated from Coaches course with the secondary MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) as an 8530 Range Coach.

Feb. 1, 2007 Assigned to 1ST Battalion 5TH Marines Alpha Company 3RD PLT as 3RD Squad Leader.

Apr. 1, 2007 Assigned to 1ST Battalion 5TH Marines Headquarters and Service Company as acting Police Sergeant / Platoon Sergeant.

Completed the 11TH MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) (Nov 2007 to June 2008).

Sept. 1, 2008 Volunteered as a Combat Replacement for 2ND Battalion 7TH Marines in Afghanistan. Assigned to Fox Company 1st Platoon as Platoon Guide. (Sept 2008 to Dec 2008)

Jan. 8, 2009 Assigned to 5TH Marine Regiment SMP (Single Marine Program) as a Squad leader. (Jan 2009 to March 2009).

March 2009 to July 30th 2010 Wounded Warrior Battalion West.

Medically Retired From the Marine Corp July 30th 2010.

Awards
Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon (1 Gold Star), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (1 Bronze Star), Good Conduct Medal (1 Bronze Star), National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3 Bronze Stars), Humanitarian Medal, ISAF Medal.

Military Schools:  Apr. 1, 2005 - Coaches Course

Date of Rank: Private First Class (E-2) July 22, 2001 Lance Corporal (E-3) Apr 1, 2002
Corporal (E-4) Aug 1, 2004 Sergeant (E-5) Apr 1, 2007

Family: Sergeant William B. Hampton is a son to Curtis L. Hampton of North Bend, WA and Roberta A. Sherman of Medina, WA.
Husband to Chantelle AAJ (Tapia) Hampton from North Bend, WA.
Father to Melanie KJ Hampton North Bend, WA
Father to Addison CN Hampton North Bend, WA
Father to William B Hampton II North Bend, WA
Father to Jason JFL Hampton North Bend, WA

Civilian Schools Sept. 1, 1998 to May. 10, 2001, Woodinville High School, Woodinville, WA. (Diploma) July 1, 2004 to Aug. 10, 2004, Chapman University in Coachella Valley, California Earthquakes and Tectonics. (Grade A-)

William B. Hampton, Board Member

Current Assignment: Sergeant Hampton is a stay at home Father, avid Outdoorsman, fisherman, Hunter, and Farmer to over 100 animals on 2 Acres at his Wife's Grandparents home in North Bend, WA.

Military History: 

September 1999 signed up for the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) as a Junior in high school.

July 22, 2001 Enlisted into the United States Marine Corps as a PFC (E-2) at RS Seattle, WA with the infantryman option (0300).

Oct. 19, 2001 Graduated from Marine Corp Recruiting Depot, San Diego, CA.

Jan. 15, 2002 Graduated from School of Infantry, Infantry Training Battalion Camp Pendleton CA as an 0311, 0321 recon option.

Jan. 18, 2002 went to BRC (Basic Reconnaissance Course) on NAB (Naval Amphibious Base) Coronado CA.

Apr. 12, 2002 Assigned to 3RD Battalion 7TH Marines Kilo Company 1ST PLT 1ST Squad. Billet assigned was SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) gunner. Completed two combat deployments with Kilo Company. (March 2002 to March 2005)

March 15, 2005 assigned to Weapons Field Training Battalion Edison Range MCRD. (Apr 2005)

Graduated from Coaches course with the secondary MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) as an 8530 Range Coach.

Feb. 1, 2007 Assigned to 1ST Battalion 5TH Marines Alpha Company 3RD PLT as 3RD Squad Leader.

Apr. 1, 2007 Assigned to 1ST Battalion 5TH Marines Headquarters and Service Company as acting Police Sergeant / Platoon Sergeant.

Completed the 11TH MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) (Nov 2007 to June 2008).

Sept. 1, 2008 Volunteered as a Combat Replacement for 2ND Battalion 7TH Marines in Afghanistan. Assigned to Fox Company 1st Platoon as Platoon Guide. (Sept 2008 to Dec 2008)

Jan. 8, 2009 Assigned to 5TH Marine Regiment SMP (Single Marine Program) as a Squad leader. (Jan 2009 to March 2009).

March 2009 to July 30th 2010 Wounded Warrior Battalion West.

Medically Retired From the Marine Corp July 30th 2010.

Awards
Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon (1 Gold Star), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (1 Bronze Star), Good Conduct Medal (1 Bronze Star), National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3 Bronze Stars), Humanitarian Medal, ISAF Medal.

Military Schools:  Apr. 1, 2005 - Coaches Course

Date of Rank: Private First Class (E-2) July 22, 2001 Lance Corporal (E-3) Apr 1, 2002
Corporal (E-4) Aug 1, 2004 Sergeant (E-5) Apr 1, 2007

Family: Sergeant William B. Hampton is a son to Curtis L. Hampton of North Bend, WA and Roberta A. Sherman of Medina, WA.
Husband to Chantelle AAJ (Tapia) Hampton from North Bend, WA.
Father to Melanie KJ Hampton North Bend, WA
Father to Addison CN Hampton North Bend, WA
Father to William B Hampton II North Bend, WA
Father to Jason JFL Hampton North Bend, WA

Civilian Schools Sept. 1, 1998 to May. 10, 2001, Woodinville High School, Woodinville, WA. (Diploma) July 1, 2004 to Aug. 10, 2004, Chapman University in Coachella Valley, California Earthquakes and Tectonics. (Grade A-)

Lacy Ferguson, Board Member, In Charge of Veteran Bonding

I was born on September 28, 1986, in Buckner, Missouri and graduated in 2005 from Fort Osage High School and joined to M.C.R.D. San Diego the next year. I currently reside in Mountlake Terrace, Washington with my wife, Marie (LCpl USMC veteran), and our children, Lacy, Morgan, Lilith, and Maddox.

I attended boot camp and SOI in 2006. I was deployed to Iraq in 2007, retiring from the USMC the same year.

Now I volunteer with these organizations: Send-A-Vet Foundation (mostly at the Send-A-Vet Foundation Bear Hunting Camp), Hope for the Heroes, Eagle Scouts, Cascade Dog Training, Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Wounded Hero Hunting Camp, and Hot Shop Heroes.

Lacy Ferguson, Board Member, In Charge of Veteran Bonding

I was born on September 28, 1986, in Buckner, Missouri and graduated in 2005 from Fort Osage High School and joined to M.C.R.D. San Diego the next year. I currently reside in Mountlake Terrace, Washington with my wife, Marie (LCpl USMC veteran), and our children, Lacy, Morgan, Lilith, and Maddox.

I attended boot camp and SOI in 2006. I was deployed to Iraq in 2007, retiring from the USMC the same year.

Now I volunteer with these organizations: Send-A-Vet Foundation (mostly at the Send-A-Vet Foundation Bear Hunting Camp), Hope for the Heroes, Eagle Scouts, Cascade Dog Training, Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA), Wounded Hero Hunting Camp, and Hot Shop Heroes.

David Kelley, Board Member, In charge of Communications  Bio coming soon!

David Kelley, Board Member, In charge of Communications  Bio coming soon!

Dan Carnrite, SFC (Retired), U.S. Army

I'm the Web Administrator and a new Board Member and hope you enjoy the website.

Went into the Army in Dec 1969. The next December, I was in VN with MACV and Hydrographic Survey Team #1. Our Team was 5 enlisted and and Engineer Captain as our Commander.  Our mission was to survey, chart, and identify hazards in navigable rivers and port areas. 

After that vacation, I tried the civilian world as a welder for nine years. I pushed myself to learn all I could about all aspects of welding. I worked on the Alaska pipeline, in a fabrication shop in Tacoma WA, and finally as a research welder at Boeing welding x-ray perfect exotic metals for aircraft, which included titanium, inconel, stainless, aluminum, and high-pressure black wall pipe to mention a few.

That got boring, so in 1980, I joined the Army after a 9 year break. After 13-1/2 years, in seemingly every crap hole the army had, I was able to take a 16 year retirement under Clinton. I was in Korea on the DMZ. It was retirement, or promotion to E8 and go to the Special Ops Public Affairs unit in WADC when Bosnia was ugly. I thought long and hard, but opted for Fort Living Room.

My wife and I moved back home here from Aberdeen Proving Ground MD after I retired. Work was slim here, so I was accepted at the UofW and graduated in 2000 with BA in Urban Geography/GIS Analyst & Environmental Science. In 2003, I obtained my advanced degree from UofW as  a Certified Wetland Ecologist.

I enjoy the outdoors, and hunting and fishing. I'm not a foul hunter. I got hooked up with Send-A-Vet about a year ago, and I'll do what I can to make it a better organization to PAY FORWARD for my young brothers and sisters that picked up the staff for me and have been the front line of America since I retired.

Dan Carnrite, SFC (Retired), U.S. Army

I'm the Web Administrator and a new Board Member and hope you enjoy the website.

Went into the Army in Dec 1969. The next December, I was in VN with MACV and Hydrographic Survey Team #1. Our Team was 5 enlisted and and Engineer Captain as our Commander.  Our mission was to survey, chart, and identify hazards in navigable rivers and port areas. 

After that vacation, I tried the civilian world as a welder for nine years. I pushed myself to learn all I could about all aspects of welding. I worked on the Alaska pipeline, in a fabrication shop in Tacoma WA, and finally as a research welder at Boeing welding x-ray perfect exotic metals for aircraft, which included titanium, inconel, stainless, aluminum, and high-pressure black wall pipe to mention a few.

That got boring, so in 1980, I joined the Army after a 9 year break. After 13-1/2 years, in seemingly every crap hole the army had, I was able to take a 16 year retirement under Clinton. I was in Korea on the DMZ. It was retirement, or promotion to E8 and go to the Special Ops Public Affairs unit in WADC when Bosnia was ugly. I thought long and hard, but opted for Fort Living Room.

My wife and I moved back home here from Aberdeen Proving Ground MD after I retired. Work was slim here, so I was accepted at the UofW and graduated in 2000 with BA in Urban Geography/GIS Analyst & Environmental Science. In 2003, I obtained my advanced degree from UofW as  a Certified Wetland Ecologist.

I enjoy the outdoors, and hunting and fishing. I'm not a foul hunter. I got hooked up with Send-A-Vet about a year ago, and I'll do what I can to make it a better organization to PAY FORWARD for my young brothers and sisters that picked up the staff for me and have been the front line of America since I retired.

Richard DeJean, Board Member - Rich DeJean practices law in Sumner where he landed after swimming and slogging through Cajun Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp, until he hit high ground in Idaho and Washington. While the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests are some of his favorites, he has probably hiked into most, if not every, national forest/wilderness area in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and a good swath of Alaska. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Sumner Food Bank. His practice emphasizes personal injury and employment discrimination.

Richard DeJean, Board Member - Rich DeJean practices law in Sumner where he landed after swimming and slogging through Cajun Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp, until he hit high ground in Idaho and Washington. While the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests are some of his favorites, he has probably hiked into most, if not every, national forest/wilderness area in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and a good swath of Alaska. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Sumner Food Bank. His practice emphasizes personal injury and employment discrimination.