PenFed Foundation President to focus on challenges Veterans face in transition to civilian life

“Many organizations celebrate the bravery of our troops on the field of battle, but too often, their challenges in civilian life get overlooked.”

Those are the words of PenFed Foundation President and Four-star General John W. “Mick” Nicholson, Jr. , U.S. Army (Retired), who joined the PenFed Foundation on April 2019 after serving as the longest-serving commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.

“I’ve experienced the positive impact the PenFed Foundation makes in our military community, and I am honored to lead a mission that strives to better the lives of our nation’s heroes and those who support them.”

General Nicholson’s service to his country has spanned 36 years. Thanks to his extensive work in the international, non-governmental and development agency arena, General Nicholson has been praised as a “warrior-diplomat.” He has worked with the State Department, law enforcement and the national security staff. As an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, General Nicholson commanded at all levels to include command of the 82nd Airborne Division and NATO’s Allied Land Command. 

“We will continue to focus on helping Veterans experiencing a financial setback, making homeownership a reality for our service members and their families, and helping our Military Heroes secure a strong financial future,” Nicholson said. “We’re also excited about expanding the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Fund (VEIP) to serve those who have served our country by fostering Veteran entrepreneurship and employment.”

General Nicholson’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd award), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger Tab.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, as well as master’s degrees from the School for Advanced Military Studies and National Defense University.