GFA 2018 Veteran of the Year Award

Veteran of the Year Finalists

Fred Winter

Information coming soon.


Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson

Information coming soon.


Kate Melcher

Kate MelcherKate Melcher began her career in a research and speechwriting position with the Supreme Court of the United States. She went on to serve in senior staff positions in the US Senate, in line company leadership, as an AH-64D Apache Longbow pilot, and as an Army Legislative Liaison Officer for the US Army National Guard. Ms. Melcher is a seasoned military, non-profit, and private sector professional, with a passion for public service. Today, she continues her service to her military family as she leads the Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program at the University of Michigan. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of the program, including building and maintaining relationships with National Guard leadership, working with community and private sector partners, and supporting the volunteer corps. She also serves as Executive Director Emeritus of Fisher House Michigan. In this role, she and the FHM Board of Directors are responsible for raising funds and awareness to bring the first Fisher House to Michigan.