The following contributors have made it possible for USVAP to continue our mission to "increase the representation of veterans in the arts community", and to provide Artistic Tools to state and federal veterans facilities.


$30,000 and above
Operation Support our Troops-America, the Tawani Foundation, Operation Homefront-MO


BNSF Railway Foundation, the Disabled American Veterans, Gary Sinise Foundation, Illinois Arts Council,
Coalition to Support Americas’ Heroes  


Midas International, Veterans United, David MacIntyre


The Allison Bauer Memorial Fund, Cord Vanderpool Foundation, Musicians’ Friend, Bill & Margaret Kruckemeyer,
ASMBA STAR Foundation


Vantage Intermediates, Rotary Club of Winnetka (IL), the Klamath Falls (OR) VFW Ladies’ Auxilliary,
Operation Ward 57


James Stuckman, Sr., the Hard Rock Café (Chicago), Hiep Do, Tristan Beache


Danny and Beth Gottlieb, Julie Fisher, Nissan Wasfie, Deborah Kochman, Glenda Cain, Cort Guitar, Artist and Craftsman Supply, Scott Steiner, David Haddad, James Evenson, Joanna Murray, the Chicago Cubs, Robert Casola, Annette Furlong, MariAnne Jayme, Evelyn Brown, Pam Mullins, Forrest Baker


David Lissner, Terri Silverstone, Larry Manogue, Walter Williams, Kirk Garrison, Cheryl Miller, Barbara Snijders, Jim Porter, Steppenwolf Theater, Neil W. White, Concetta Mazella, Ben Lewis, Linda Kaul, Joyce Scheyhing, Wilfred Tanijo, Scott Livesey, Salvatore Funari, Gary Arnette, Tracy Scheel, Ricardo Fernandez, Tom Puetz, John Gibeau

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Newsweek interview with Kimo Williams   USVAP on ABC News in Chicago, IL 2009   Tools recipient Joel Klobnak talks art


USVAP Board Members


KIMO WILLIAMS - President/Executive Director (
- Vietnam Veteran (1970)
- Nationally and internationally recognized composer and performer, with symphonic works performed internationally, including "Buffalo Soldiers", commissioned by the West Point Academy for their bi-centennial in 2004 and Syphony For The Sons of Nam.
- BA (Berklee College of Music), MA in Human Resources (Webster University)
- Associate Professor Columbia College Chicago, Music Department
- Produced and recorded four CD's of original symphonic and jazz compositions
- Served as Executive Director of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum 2003-2004
- Co-founder and member of the Lt. Dan Band with actor/musician Gary Sinise
- 2007 Fulbright Specialist award recipient


CAROL WILLIAMS - Vice president/Treasurer (
- Veteran US Army (1978-1985)
- Associates Degree (Berklee College of Music), MA Music (Northeastern Illinois University), BA Psychology (St Martins College), BSN (University of IL at Chicago)
- Partner and collaborator with the "Kimotion" big band, Little Beck Music label, symphonic works composed by Kimo, the "Lt. Dan Band", and other USVAP projects.
- Recorded four CDs of original music, with current radio play on dozens of Folk and Independent stations throughout the US.
- Presently works as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department of a Chicago hospital
- Host of Chicago Access Network cable TV show “Veterans Issues” from 2010-2013


HIEP DO - Board Member
- Senior Assistant to the Executive Office, World Trade Center Institute of Maryland
- Extensive experience in interpreting and translation; has worked with the U.S. Department of State, the White House, the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, the Office of International Criminal Justice, and USVAP
- Former member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps


NISSAN WASFIE - Board member
- Full-time lecturer in graduate and undergraduate Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management courses, Columbia College Chicago
- Faculty advisor to the student Entrepreneurship Club and Investment Club, Columbia College Chicago
- Art and Technology Consultant, Murphy Rabb, Inc., Chicago