This week the Call of Duty Endowment mourns the passing of Sergeant First Class Steve Robinson, US Army (ret.), a key member of our advisory board and a veteran who served his country with honor until the end. Beyond his work with us, Steve was a well-known advocate and funder for veterans’ issues nationally. I just saw Steve two weeks ago at an event focused on collecting data about the specific needs of vets in the LA-area. This was important work that Steve helped fund through his job at Prudential. He seemed in his prime—articulately and passionately describing how it was his hope to roll out this model nationally, such that services for vets could be more efficiently and effectively delivered. Always striving to help more—that was Steve Robinson.
Steve had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army that spanned more than 20 years, during which he served as a Ranger, medic in the Gulf War, and an analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His commitment to veterans burgeoned when he retired from active service. He held leadership positions at three separate nonprofits and acted as an independent consultant for a variety of organizations that help service members re-enter civilian life, such as the Armed Forces Services Corporation, Swords to Plowshares, and the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
Here at the Call of Duty Endowment, Steve was invaluable. His insight and commitment to aiding job-seeking veterans energized our efforts. As one of the original advisory board members when the Endowment was formed in 2009, Steve brought with him a deep insight into social services providers and veterans’ needs. That guidance led us to contribute substantially to AMVETS and several other veterans employment non-profits who ultimately had great impact putting former service members to work.
The thousands of veterans aided through the Call of Duty Endowment, our fellow advisory board members, and countless others have been touched by Steve’s life and work. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family this week.