“Wounded Warrior Project is 100 percent focused on the new generation of wounded warriors and their families.”
– Dawn Halfaker
U.S. Army Captain Dawn Halfaker (Ret.) is a combat-wounded veteran of the war in Iraq. She is a member of many veterans service organizations and serves on various advisory committees to stay active in veterans affairs. Halfaker joined the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) board of directors in 2007 and was quickly elevated to the position of vice president by her fellow board members. In 2011, she was elected to the position of chair, where she served until 2014.
In 2006, Halfaker founded Halfaker and Associates, LLC, and serves as chief executive officer. Founded in response to the radically changing business environment brought on by the growing need for dynamic consultants, Halfaker and Associates offers specialized experience to provide national security services to the federal government.
Halfaker has extensive management experience as a military police officer in the Army. Throughout her military career, Halfaker earned respect as a dynamic leader in combat, peacekeeping, and training in the United States, South Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq. Halfaker deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division where she commanded a military police platoon in Iraq. She was subsequently wounded during a combat patrol near Baghdad in 2004, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for her service.
In addition to her military service, Halfaker worked in Congress serving as a military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee where she advised the committee chair on key Department of Defense legislation and issues.
In 2005, she worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), specializing in technical consulting for the Defense Sciences Office. Her mission included initiating research to provide advanced capabilities to the military and enhance warfighter capabilities.
From her first contact with WWP, Halfaker has been one of its most ardent champions. “Wounded Warrior Project brings a lot of support to the table,” she said. “They really inspire our wounded veterans, motivating people to reach new goals. The people at WWP help you figure things out when your whole life has suddenly changed, and you’re dealing with your losses.”
Halfaker served on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) committee for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) soldiers and their families, which focused on improving VA policies and care for severely injured veterans. Halfaker currently participates as a member of the Advisory Board for Humana Military Health Systems, ThanksUSA, and Paradox Sports.