Chris Ford is the CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide. He is the founder and former CEO Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO). NAVSO provides essential resources to those who serve veterans and military families so they are more effective in meeting their needs. NAVSO ensures organizations get the most out of every donation by commissioning foundational research, offering educational programming, improving collaboration and facilitating the evaluation of meaningful services. Collectively, these services improve the veteran services marketplace so families find quality programs when and where they are needed. Chris is a 20-year Air Force veteran retiring in 2014 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served in the Chairman’s Office of Warrior and Family Support. In this role, he leveraged his perspectives on veteran reintegration to assist communities across eighteen states seeking to improve their support for military families. Chris previously served in nearly a dozen countries around the globe supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, University of South Carolina, Naval Postgraduate School and the FBI National Academy.