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KATHY GALLOWITZ IS 2022 FORD OVAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT                                          for Cultivating Civilian Veteran Champions

[Rio Verde, AZ, July 6, 2022]  Gallowitz, a relative newcomer to Arizona, was inducted into the Central Ohio Ford Dealers 2022 Ford Oval of Honor on July 1, 2022.

This prestigious recognition created by civilian Veteran Champions  celebrates local veterans who have demonstrated an “uncommon commitment” to defend the cause of freedom in service to our country

Gallowitz served 29 years in the U.S.A.F. as a public affairs officer or nurse. In response to 9/11, she designed and led a never-been-done-before statewide outreach program in Ohio to educate and engage civilians in support of troops and their families.

Sunshine, mountains and Arizona’s advanced Veteran-friendly ecosystem drew Gallowitz and her husband Ed, U.S. Army retired with four combat tours, to Arizona nearly three years ago. He was inducted alongside her.

She serves on the Arizona Governor’s Veterans’ Service Advisory Commission, the Southwest Veteran Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is the Veteran-hiring Advisor for the Arizona Society of Human Resource Mangement.

Through her business, Vanguard Veteran, Gallowitz equips civilians to become Veteran Champions as the “Veteran-Hiring Concierge, ” “Military Ministry Builder” and “Fallen Comrades Ceremony Producer.”

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Glendale Chamber Member Appointed to Gov. Ducey’s Veterans’ Service Advisory Comission

January 11, 2021

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On receiving news of her appointment Kathy remarked, “It is an honor to be chosen to serve Arizona’s Servicemembers, Veterans and their families in this capacity. I look forward to helping improve quality of life for those who sacrifice so much to protect and defend our freedom and cultivating civilian Veteran Champions.”

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New book explores ways to support veterans

November 11, 2020

According to LtCol (Ret.) Kathy Lowrey Gallowitz, most Americans love their military, but most people don’t understand military culture, their experiences or how to best support them or their families.

Her new book dovetails with the business she founded, Vanguard Veteran, where she “equips civilians to become Veteran Champions to improve quality of life, workforce and community” for the country’s veterans. She coaches employers to hire and retain veteran talent and faith community leaders to create military ministries.

Lowrey Gallowitz said her book is packed with practical suggestions for neighbors, employers, educators, healthcare providers, lawyers and community influencers looking to improve the lives of veterans.

Beyond Thank You For Your Service

“Everyone can do something,” she said. “It’s not rocket science, it’s people science.”

“It is easy and can be life changing for the veteran and for you to identify, get to know and support veterans in your neighborhood, at work and in your place of worship in meaningful ways,” she said.

Read the Fountain Hills Times article, here.

Griesing Law Blog

Fran asks: “Starting today, I ask you to support just one servicemember, veteran or family member in your neighborhood and make it the beginning of a lifelong commitment to being a Veteran Champion.”  

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Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions.

Click here to read the November 10, 2020 article.


November 7, 2018: Gov.-elect Mike DeWine speaks at the Ohio Statehouse during his first news conference since winning Tuesday’s midterm election. (Jeremy Pelzer)

Governor-elect DeWine is a Veteran Champion

At the top of his list is an issue that affects Ohio Service members, Veterans and their families and our economy! Leveraging Veteran talent as an economic development imperative makes good business and people sense.

Gov-elect DeWine indicated that he’ll name someone to a “cabinet-level rank” position to handle matters related to military installations in the state, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near DeWine’s Greene County home.

Read the full article, here.

The Grand Opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.


Citizens from across Ohio, the City of Columbus, and the Veteran community came together on October 27, 2018, to make history.

The video is a wonderful tribute to this memorable and powerful event.

“Forty-two million Americans have served in uniform in the history of our nation,” event keynote speaker retired General Colin Powell said, adding that the museum “will show their faces, their letters, their fears, their bravery, their anxious families waiting for them to return. You will hear their stories, you will see their photos and their videos.”

Read the Columbus Dispatch article here.

Vanguard Veteran extends our gratitude to the following Veteran Champions and Veteran Advocates:

  • Senator and Mrs. John Glenn
  • The Ohio Congressional Delegation
  • The City of Columbus
  • Franklin County Commissioners
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lex Wexner
  • The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation
  • Ohio’s Veteran Community Leaders.

We are honored to have the national Veterans memorial in Columbus.  – Lt.Col. (Ret.) Kathy Lowrey Gallowitz

“To me, there is no greater calling. If I can inspire young people to dedicate themselves to the good of mankind, I’ve accomplished something.” – Senator John Glenn, Colonel, USMC Retired.

“There’s nothing more ennobling than serving a cause greater than yourself. I have not met a single person who did that kind of sacrifice that didn’t say it was the most rewarding thing they’ve ever done.” – Senator John McCain

Veterans Day 2017: More Religious Leaders are Targeting Ministry to Military.

Despite the recognition of their service, especially on Veterans Day, more in-depth care of veterans’ and service members’ needs is often overlooked.

Even in houses of worship.

That’s something retired Air Force Lt. Col. Kathy Lowrey Gallowitz wants to change, and she’s working with local religious leaders to do that. Read the full Columbus Dispatch article, here.

May 2017: Service offers respite for bruised souls.

To read the full This Week News article, click here. 

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Veterans, members currently serving in the armed forces, their families and the community are invited to this unique ceremony honoring living warriors and their resulting “soul injuries” from military and/or combat experiences.

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