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Deborah Johnson, Member

Deborah Johnson is the President/CEO of the California Veterans Assistance Foundation. She is an honorably discharged Wisconsin Army National Guard veteran with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. 

 Deborah enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1985 and reached the rank of Sergeant (E-5). She was with the 107th Maintenance Company and served 9 years and 9 months. While serving in the Wisconsin National Guard, she served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm from Aug 1990 to Aug 1991 where she received the Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Liberation of Kuwait Medal. In addition, she was Troop Command Soldier of the Year for 1987 and received the Wisconsin Guard and Reserve Military Achievement Award.

Deborah started her career with homeless veterans in 1996, as an Office Manager working at the Veterans Assistance Center at Fort McCoy, WI for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. In the fall of 1996, the Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF) took over operations of the homeless programs and she was promoted to Executive Director in 1999 where she stayed until January 2009. Deborah then transferred to the California Veterans Assistance Foundation in Bakersfield and was named President/CEO in December of that year.