Pete Peterson, Jr.

Director At Large


Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson serves as a Director at Large on VVA’s National Board.

Peterson was drafted into the Army in 1962 and served enlisted tours with the 5th Special Forces Group and the Army Security Agency. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery, he went on to serve in a series of officer assignments, commanding at the battery and battalion levels. Peterson served two tours of duty in Vietnam, three tours in Germany, one tour in Korea, and numerous tours stateside. He retired at the rank of Colonel.

Peterson chairs VVA’s Government Affairs Committee and is a member of the Minority Affairs, Veterans Benefits, and National Convention committees; he also chaired the 2012 Leadership and Training Conference. At the state level, he serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Veterans Council and as VVA’s chief service officer for the state of Oklahoma.

Peterson has served as an institutional aide and swim instructor at Central Wisconsin Hospital and Training School for the developmentally disabled; program administrator of Oklahoma’s Agent Orange Class Assistance Program; and coordinator of a program serving veterans’ families, pregnant teens, and teen parents. He currently serves as director of Veterans Family Services.

Peterson attended the Command and General Staff College and Army War College, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. He has completed a master’s degree in human relations and additional postgraduate work at the University of Oklahoma.

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