Title: Retired Judge Advocate
Location: Spring Bay, Illinois, United States
Chad W. Vale, Retired Advocate Judge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in veteran’s advocacy.
Growing up in a military family, Mr. Vale was inspired to protect and serve his country from a young age. His parents were both World War II veterans and they raised their seven children to be known as a “family of patriots.” With this sentiment, Mr. Vale went on to serve with the U.S. Air Force. After his military retirement, he was involved in a detrimental motorcycle accident that left him disabled and unsure as to how to plan a career. A hospital worker suggested that he could make a career out of handling claims for other veterans and he prayed on the idea, eventually deciding to do it. Presently, Mr. Vale maintains affiliation with Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus.
Prior to his formal retirement, Mr. Vale honorably worked as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force Illinois Veterans Assistance Committee in Woodford County, Illinois. As a superintendent, he worked with numerous indigent veterans that could not pay for food or rent and was able to win them federal assistance due to their disabilities. Earlier, Mr. Vale worked as a service officer, as well as for Northwestern University in 1964. Notably, he was the recipient of a Gold Star from Mothers of Washington and a Service Award from Peoria Life in 2020. Mr. Vale attributes his success to seeing things how they are and taking care of the problem, along with his parent’s influence in teaching him to be a good man. In five years’ time, he plans to continue contributing to helping veterans, as he believes the country lacks ample veteran’s assistance professionals. In his spare time, he enjoys working with Neighborhood House, Meals on Wheels, and Catholic charities. He also finds joy in building and restoring cars.
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