Member, Board of Directors
A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War, John Loosen is retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he was one of the most sought-after prosthetics specialists in the country. While employed with the VA, he was responsible for creating and implementing the integrated service concept currently used throughout the Veterans Health Administration’s prosthetics service.
Mr. Loosen served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 as an airborne infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. While on a mission in the Cu Chi District, he was severely wounded in a Viet Cong mortar attack. His injuries required amputation of his left leg above the knee. As a result of his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, and the Bronze Star.
As a wounded veteran himself, Mr. Loosen has a close bond with this generation of wounded service members. It is because of this strong connection that Mr. Loosen joined the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) board of directors in 2005. While he serves Wounded Warriors in many different ways, he most enjoys helping out at WWP athletic events and says, “Wounded Warrior Project is a one-of-a-kind organization that does whatever it takes to get the job done – truly unique.”
When Mr. Loosen isn’t helping veterans and newly injured warriors, he plays golf. He lives on the New Jersey shore with his wife, Noreen, a VA registered nurse. They are the parents of three adult children. Their son, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, served our country as an airborne ranger in Iraq.