Memorial Day 2012 is Monday, May 28. The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA) Holds Annual Elections and Attempts to Improve Management.

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USAKIA, a nonprofit organization benefiting families of U.S. killed in action (KIA) and died of wounds (DOW), will hold its Ninth Annual Board Meeting in May. Elections occur during annual meetings. The nonprofit organization also wants to improve management through its managers’ educations, and its CEO received his Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University last year and now attends law school at Ohio Northern University (ONU). Its executive vice president is also pursuing her Ph.D. in treatment of PTSD at the University of Phoenix. USAKIA’s board issued a statement about its CEO’s attendance at ONU. Nonprofit managers should be successful in pursuing educations for their important causes.

The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA), will hold its Ninth Annual Board Meeting since incorporating in 2003 with the primary agenda of holding elections. Directors serve three-year terms. Two directors are up for re-election this year, and the twelve-member board has three vacancies. Those with killed in action (KIA) or died of wounds (DOW) kin must fill at least two of the five openings. The public-benefit corporation’s elections are in May to coincide with Memorial Day, officially the last Monday in May.

USAKIA also strives to improve management through their education. While its executive vice president, Joy Jeannette pursues a Ph.D. in treatment of PTSD, USAKIA held a special board meeting on February 25, 2012, to discuss its president-assistant Webmaster’s academic situation at Ohio Northern University’s (ONU’s) Pettit College of Law. Vincent Bartning, 47, is on sabbatical at USAKIA spending valuable time attending law school in pursuit of the three-year law degree which will also benefit USAKIA and KIA and DOW Families. Vincent received his Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Colorado last year, and he stressed the importance of productive education for nonprofit managers, both formal and informal, at February’s special board meeting, and he also described how the legal profession should better represent KIA and DOW families.

Mr. Bartning would like fairness at ONU, and to improve this semester with approaches including academic support and grade appeals. He also touched on a likely complaint about illegal discrimination. However, he finished his Master’s last semester while simultaneously attending his first semester of law school, moving from California to Ohio. Vincent had a better start this term. The nonprofit’s board approved a statement which follows. Its Executive Committee approved a revision.


Families of killed in action and died of wounds have made a priceless sacrifice that cannot be undone. Equity dictates that the law has responsibilities to these families who have given something that affects them profoundly and cannot be replaced. Nonprofit managers working for this important cause should have productive endeavors in their formal and informal educational pursuits in the field to benefit their cause. USAKIA’s president-assistant Webmaster, Vincent Bartning, is on sabbatical after obtaining his Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University last year. He currently attends Ohio Northern University’s Claude W. Pettit College of Law (ONU). His time utilizes vital resources of a nonprofit organization where they currently need a lawyer, and USAKIA and other nonprofits with their important causes should recoup from managers pursuing educations required by the Third Sector.

ONU offered him a scholarship, and Vincent was in the top 25th percentile of the entering class with his LSAT scores. One of the KIA in his family, his grandfather, John Wallace Rich, an engineering student at Purdue before he volunteered, is buried in neighboring Indiana. Rather few law students have attended graduate school, let alone obtained a master’s degree, making his credentials impressive, and rather than demonstrate a lack of capacity and motivation, earning his Master’s in Nonprofit Management early in the fall of 2011 further demonstrates the capacity and motivation required to complete law school. Whereas many—if not most—law schools also offer a loan-repayment program that bridges a gap for public interest work between graduation and a government loan-forgiveness program, ONU does not offer the program, making both Vincent and USAKIA use valuable resources in pursuing his education. Moreover, USAKIA has concerns about ONU providing a fair academic environment, and it urges ONU to address these concerns.


The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA), based in Mountain View, California, is recognized by the IRS as a tax-deductible and tax-exempt nonprofit organization. KIA families incorporated the 501(c)(3) organization in the fall of 2003 to benefit fellow families of those killed in action (KIA) and died of wounds (DOW) while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It has a Website at and a Facebook page

USAKIA has a Free Flag Program, largely sponsored by Eagle Emblems, Inc. The program offers free KIA flags and other items. If you have KIA or DOW in the family, please make a request for a package at the nonprofit’s Website.

USAKIA plans to provide services such as scholarships and already has begun projects such as the KIA Family Art Project (KIAFAP) with art by Rick Kelley. The project will provide next-of-kin of U.S. KIAs and DOWs framed art to families who lost loved ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan at no charge. The name of the piece is “On Freedom’s Wing.” USAKIA also has a store selling products which honor U.S. KIA. America Remembers KIA allows USAKIA to use its trademarked KIA flag and symbol. See USAKIA’s Web site for further information or to make a tax-deductible donation.


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